(Tassie Trip) Day 5 – St Mary’s

July 15, 2015
chook, chicken,

On arrival at our B&B we were blown away at just how beautiful it was!  We stayed at Oakdene Heritage Accommodation and highly recommend it!

Our rooms were attached to a main house but like a separate wing/studio apartment with our own front and back entrance.  It was very private.  The fireplace was stacked with timber and burning away beautifully.  It was so gorgeously warm and welcoming for two weary travellers on a very cold afternoon and after such an active day.  There was a four-poster bed, a beautiful lounge area in front of the fire, a separate bathroom with a claw foot bath, a beautiful kitchen area fully stocked with snacks, milk, tea, coffee, chocolates, breakfast supplies and more!  We were in heaven!  I was very excited and posted a few phone pics to Instagram.

After we had rested a while and warmed by the fire we went to dinner at St Mary’s Hotel, a short stroll up the road.  It was very busy as it was full of Targa officials as the traditional east coast loop to St Helens part of the race was kicking off the next day.  From memory, our meal was exceptional!

Unfortunately, we weren’t in St Mary’s long enough for me to get any photo’s around the town.  It’s a small township located 600 metres above sea level and surrounded by mountains, forests and valleys.  It had the small country town feel that I love so much.  I really hope one day I can return for a longer stay!  Meanwhile, here are some snaps I took around our beautiful accommodation.  Once again, for the photography enthusiasts, I’ve included my camera settings.

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oakdene, b&b, bed and breakfast, st mary's, tasmania

                                                                           Our own private front door

Camera Settings – Lens: 50mm  Aperture: F8  Shutter Speed: 1/25s  ISO: 200

wood, wood stack, timber

                                                                            The wood pile out the back

Camera Settings – Lens: 50mm  Aperture: F5.6  Shutter Speed: 1/200s  ISO: 200

chook, chicken,

                                                                         One of the chooks out the back

Camera Settings – Lens: 50mm  Aperture: F8  Shutter Speed: 1/25s  ISO: 200

oakdene, b&b, st mary's, tasmania

                                                                   Out the back near where we parked our car

Camera Settings – Lens: 50mm  Aperture: F5.6  Shutter Speed: 1/200s  ISO: 200

rose, garden, flower

                                                                                 A rose in the gardens

Camera Settings – Lens: 50mm  Aperture: F1.4  Shutter Speed: 1/640s  ISO: 200

fireplace, wood burning,

                                                        The Oakdene fireplace as it was when we arrived

Camera Settings – Lens: 50mm  Aperture: F1.4  Shutter Speed: 1/8s  ISO: 800

ceiling rose, chandelier

                                                                   Beautiful ceiling rose and chandelier

Camera Settings – Lens: 50mm  Aperture: F8  Shutter Speed: 1/155  ISO: 800

bath, clawfoot bath, claw foot bath

                                                This beautiful claw foot bath was absolute luxury to bathe in!

Camera Settings – Lens: 50mm  Aperture: F1.4  Shutter Speed: 1/25s  ISO: 800

bath, clawfoot bath, claw foot bath
Camera Settings – Lens: 50mm  Aperture: F1.4  Shutter Speed: 1/80s  ISO: 200

Next Tassie Trip post we finally move on to Day 6.  After our night at St Mary’s we head off to explore the Bay of Fires as we make our way to Launceston where we will spend the next two nights.

Here’s where to go to see Day 1 – Hobart, Day 2 – Hobart, Day 3 – Richmond, and Day 4 – Port Arthur, Day 5 – Bicheno, Day 5 – Wineglass Bay, Day 5 – Sleepy Bay, and Day 5 – Cape Tourville of our Tassie Trip!

Ciao for now,


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  • Reply Trish July 15, 2015 at 8:02 am

    Stunning photos Min. The rose is spectacular.
    I wish I’d learned about manual settings on my camera.
    Now I just use my iPhone.
    Thanks for linking #WW

    • Reply Min July 15, 2015 at 8:56 am

      Thanks Trish! The camera can do so much more once you understand how. I’m sad that I didn’t get more photos at St Mary’s but we were exhausted and it was so cold up there – plus we were there for only a very short time. Thanks again for hosting WW! 🙂

  • Reply Leanne @ Deep Fried Fruit July 15, 2015 at 8:35 am

    How beautiful! That bath. Those flowers. That whole vibe just screams “come in and relax” …

    • Reply Min July 15, 2015 at 8:57 am

      So beautiful Leanne! I felt like a real fancy pants – such luxury and decadence at the end of a very active and tiring day. Loved it there and didn’t want to leave! 🙂

  • Reply stephanie@stephsjoy July 15, 2015 at 8:56 am

    Gorgeous Min! I would so love to get into that claw bath. Did you just take the prime lens with you? x

    • Reply Min July 15, 2015 at 9:01 am

      Thanks Steph! No I took a variety of lenses – 50mm (prime), 105mm (micro), 12-24mm (wide angle). I also took along my two kit lenses (18-55mm & 70-200mm) but didn’t use them because the quality of them is poor and unreliable (so don’t know why I bothered taking them!!). I need to get a good quality zoom lens. I got so tired of carting around the backpack full of lens and constantly changing lens – hence the need for a good quality zoom lens (the one I want costs an absolute fortune) for convenience! 🙂

  • Reply Jody at Six Little Hearts July 15, 2015 at 9:56 am

    WOW! That’s very swish accommodation – lucky you. love your images. x

    • Reply Min July 15, 2015 at 5:27 pm

      Thank you Jody! 🙂 x

  • Reply Toni @ Finding Myself Young July 15, 2015 at 10:31 am

    Omg the claw foot bath!!!! Sooo nice.

    • Reply Min July 15, 2015 at 5:28 pm

      I know! You should have heard my squeal when I saw that bath! It was so divine to bathe in too! 🙂

  • Reply PatrickC July 15, 2015 at 12:25 pm

    Min, all of these photos are exceptional because what you have done apart from them being individually terrific photos is set a mood. You have created a narrative, from arrival, exploring the garden, exploring the “house” being warmed by the fire and resting in the bath. What you have done in this short series is tell the story without words yet we the viewer can use the photos and diverge from your narrative to create our own.

    Individually each photo is wonderful. The doorway is so inviting. The sharpness of the wood pile and the area where you parked your car actually provide a sense of coldness in the air, as does the chook with its fluffed up winter feathers. The photo of the rose is stunning, you have captured the delicateness of the petals. Its my favourite of the photos in this set. You have really captured the warmth emanating from the fire and the “regalness” of the chandelier and the bath. The detail in the ceiling rose above the chandelier is so well portrayed and the final photo of the baths claw uses contrast of the four colours to a stunning effect.

    Just terrific Min.



    • Reply Min July 15, 2015 at 5:31 pm

      Patrick, thank you! That is exactly what I was trying to do when I took these photo’s – set the mood & tell a story. To me, photography is not always about perfectly or conventionally framed images. It can also be glimpses & textures for example – to set a mood, tell a story, and make the viewer feel they are there. I wish I took more images but I was so tired after such a big day! Thank you for your lovely comments! 🙂

  • Reply Lydia C. Lee July 15, 2015 at 2:48 pm

    That’s beautiful! I love the bath shot!

    • Reply Min July 15, 2015 at 5:32 pm

      Thank you Lydia 🙂 !

  • Reply Janet aka Middle Aged Mama July 15, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    That looks like the sort of place I was trying to book for hubster’s birthday for a romantic weekend away – originally I tried to get something in Stanthorpe but it was booked out – so instead we are off to Montville this weekend. Don’t think it will be as nice as this though!

    • Reply Min July 15, 2015 at 5:33 pm

      This place was pretty special! Wonder if you’re staying at the same place we stayed at at Montville last year? Misty View Cottages? Have a great weekend away! 🙂

  • Reply Kate July 15, 2015 at 11:08 pm

    Oh that rose…and the bath! Just beautiful! !

    • Reply Min July 16, 2015 at 10:03 am

      Aren’t they Kate?! We were very lucky 🙂

  • Reply Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages July 16, 2015 at 11:42 am

    How beautiful – I can imagine myself sinking into that big bath. And I love that rose – gorgeous.

    • Reply Min July 16, 2015 at 12:45 pm

      Sinking into that big claw foot bath was pure luxury Malinda! 🙂

  • Reply Robyn July 16, 2015 at 2:36 pm

    Oh how absolutely beautiful. I can see why you loved it there so much. We’re yet to visit Tassie, but I really would love to some time soon. xx

    • Reply Min July 17, 2015 at 7:24 am

      It was such a thrill to arrive to such luxury and comfort after such a big day! Hope you get to Tassie one day very soon Robyn. You’ll love it! 🙂 xo

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