haha, i guess writing stuff about a vacation that happened a couple months ago isn’t exactly how you are supposed to blog, but i am slow. and i have lots of cute pictures from australia, taken with the fancy camera instead of the telephone.
so, more australia!!! one of the funnest things we did in hobart was take a tour of government house. i think this recent trip was probably my 3rd trip to tasmania, and every time i’ve been there i’ve seen government house up on the hill. it looks very fancy. i also knew that mikey had worked there as a waiter (footman?!) at some point. anyways, over the winters, for the last couple of years, mike and i are quite into watching downton abbey on pbs. we love it! its so fancy. so when we were watching it this past winter, mike was like “hey, this show reminds me of when i worked at government house! it was a lot like downton abbey!” so, for this trip to tasmania, our big plan was to take a tour of government house, since mike’s family is friends with the head butler there (i forget his actual title, but basically the mr. carson). we finally managed to fit in the tour on one of our last days there.
anyways, the outside of the building is very impressive. i think that the house is where the governor of tasmania lives? the whole government system in australia is a little bit confusing to me, but i think the governor of tasmania is not an elected position, but has something to do with the queen of england. anyways, mike said that a little while after he stopped working there, the queen of england went there to eat. probably right here in this fancy dining room:
anyways, the mr carson of government house knew a lot about all the history of the building, and all of the fancy furniture and stuff, but i’ve forgotten a lot of it. i do remember that he said it took a long time to clean these chandeliers, which i can believe:
i think this was the main ballroom. it was very big and impressive. he also showed us where, back in the day, they used to put out the signs saying what dance would be playing next, so that the people at the balls would know what dance to prepare for. i thought that was interesting. i don’t know any dances, so its probably good that i don’t get invited to too many balls.
we also got to climb a bunch of stairs to the roof.
the view from the roof was really nice. and there was a really nice view of the tasmania bridge (which is not really the right name.) i think the story about the stairs was that they were built from the wreckage of a convict ship carrying kid convicts a long time ago. pretty sad.
we also got to tour the downstairs part of the house! which was totally like a real-life downton abbey!!!! so exciting! they even had the bells just like in downton abbey.
the first set of bells from a really long time ago. back then, the servants had to memorize which tone went with which room. pretty interesting. not sure if they mentioned that on downton abbey. then, in the 1930s, i think, they put in the ones with the lights. but the mr carson said that these days, they have like a pager thing if the governor needs something. makes sense.
i was very impressed at how organized all the kitchen stuff was. i wish my kitchen was that organized, but not even close. the kitchens also had a cute little sign about which scraps the chickens preferred. we didn’t actually get to see the chickens, unfortunately, but i think they lived in the adorable little area behind the main house. there were a bunch of super cute cottages where some of the staff live. i asked mike if maybe we could get jobs at the house and live in the cottages. not sure if they need any pet shippers or attorneys, though.
out on the grounds of the building, there were a lot of trees planted by dignitaries and what not who had come to visit. i think there were trees planted by the king of thailand. here is one that was planted by the queen in 1965, i think it says on the plaque.
finally, there was also a pond. i think it may have been a quarry or something, that they filled in with water. mr carson said that the pond was actually really, really deep, and that they had found a bunch of broken dishes in there. i guess the staff used to just dump stuff in there if they accidentally broke something. very clever.
ok, well that was our trip to government house. it was really a very fun tour, so thanks to mike’s mom for organizing and to lee for showing us around!