Looking at an old picture. This could be a beach in Scotland. A couple of scallop shells, a cockle and a turret shell. It’s not though – it is in Tasmania.
I went there in 2006 and was struck by how some things seemed familiar but that much was quite different. Like looking in a warped mirror.
The trees looked pretty similar but close up were very different. At the back of this beach, in the dunes, were big aboriginal shell middens.
And the mammals – well that is like another world. Tasmania is the best place to see marsupials now – and many of them, in the absence of predators, are very tame. It’s the place to see wombats, wallabies, kangaroos, quolls, pademelons…
Also a great place for a scallop pie.