|Eric in Front of |
Our first stop was Kempton (population 358). The first thing you noticed in Kempton are the sheep, which are pastured in the backyards of many houses. Before the advent of the railroad, Kempton was a major coach stop and boasted 11 inns. Today, there's just one inn and a scattering of beautiful buildings, including a Roman Catholic Church that has been converted into a private residence by a German expat.
|Once a Catholic Church|
Now a Private Residence
As we chatted with our hostess, a couple of the locals happened in for an afternoon beer and we got into a conversation. They offered us a sample of "sars and beer" (sarsaparilla mixed with beer). This is a local favorite, so it came with a story of when the mainland soft drink company took over the sarsaparilla maker and for a time, stopped making it--triggering an angry protest and much worry in central Tassie. Anyway, after an hour or so, we needed to move on, so we said goodbye and continued up A1.