Dolphins are regular visitors to Hobart and the River Derwent. Yesterday we were in the right place at the right time to watch a pod of eight larking around, so close to the shore and yacht club.
A local vineyard held their bi-annual duck race today. Plastic ducks were sold in aid of three cancer charities – pink ducks for breast cancer, blue ducks for prostate cancer and yellow ducks for childhood cancers.Almost 1,200 ducks were put into the pond. They needed a bit of help from the local firemen, a human sized duck and some cheering by spectators, to actually get to the finish line.The resident ducks stayed across the pond or wandered amongst the vines. It was a fun afternoon in a beautiful location, with $12,000 raised for charity.
Much of Tasmania’s heritage dates back to European settlement. These three bridges were all built by convict labour.
Built in 1823 it is the oldest bridge in use in Australia.
The Red Bridge, Campbell Town
Built in 1838, constructed of hand made red bricks. This bridge on the Midland Highway now carries two million vehicles each year.
Built in 1843, it is no longer in use, located a few meters from the East Coast Road.
But such a spectacular design. Some say the vertical stones were to prevent cattle falling over the side. Others claim it was convict rebellion against their supervisors.
Apples have been an important crop in Tasmania since European settlement. They were exported all over the world, particularly to Europe, with the industry at it’s peak during the 1920’s and 1930’s.
Although exports declined over the decades, when Britain joined the European Common Market in 1973, the export industry collapsed. Today, it is a $40 million industry, still growing a wide range of apple varieties.
Tasmania, as an island, has a natural quarantine advantage, which is strictly enforced. If you buy Tasmania apples in Melbourne, you can not bring them back into Tassie, on a flight or on the ferry.
I took these photos at the side of the road, along the edge of an orchard, farmed by four generations of the same family. Their apples are delicious, organically grown since the 1990’s. They make good cider too.
We recently visited the Art Farm at Birchs Bay, Tasmania. We had a delightful walk through gardens and bush land.
We met unusual people.
We sat on distinctive benches, walked through artistic gates.
And admired many of the pieces, wondered about a few.
We followed a variety of arrows along the Sculpture Trail.
For local Tassie readers, it is well worth a visit.