A Free Ferry Ride

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Today, I took a free ferry ride and saw my city from a new viewpoint.

Hobart doesn’t have a regular ferry service as part of its public transport network. However, occasionally, for sporting events or specific entertainment gigs, ferries do run between the city centre waterfront and the Eastern Shore suburb of Bellerive.

Leaving Hobart city and Mount Wellington.
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Heading to Bellerive and Kangaroo Bay
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Looking back
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The ferry
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I would certainly commute to work using a ferry service if it was established here.

Goodbye 2018

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We’ve had another busy and happy year here in Tasmania. As 2018 draws to a close, here are a few of my favourite photos of the year.

Views of Hobart from Mount Wellington
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Port Arthur
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Wineglass Bay
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Wishing you all a very happy new year.

Sydney to Hobart

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Yesterday morning, the first yachts arrived in Hobart, having left Sydney on Boxing Day. This 628 nautical mile, classic ocean race is an annual event, now in its seventy fourth year.

I joined a crowd on Rosny Hill before work, to watch the first supermaxi yachts sail up the River Derwent, towards the finish line.
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It was great to see such a welcome by spectator boats on the river, and crowds on the shore. The past two years, the winning boats have arrived during the night.

The second and third yachts arrived twenty eighth minutes later, with only one minute separating them.
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Mid-afternoon, I went to a different lookout at Kangaroo Bluff to watch fifth place (a Tasmanian boat) and six place (all female crew) yachts arrive.
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The smallest yacht in this year’s race, at 30 feet long, is expected to arrive tomorrow afternoon.
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Bridestowe Lavender Farm

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Last weekend, we visited Australia’s largest and oldest lavender farm, here in Tasmania. We timed it perfectly.

“The fields contain approximately 65,000 plants and the total length of the rows are 200 kilometres. Harvesting takes place in January.”

The scene and the scent were both beautiful. We wandered along the rows, amongst the plants and enjoyed lavender inspired treats in the café.

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Office Elves

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I haven’t written here for a while, life has been busy. But I wanted to share the fun we’ve had at work with our Office Elves. It started as a Christmas decoration challenge, with our elf characters placed along the top of a partition.

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But the elves have taken on a life of their own, getting up to mischief overnight.

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The favourite was when the elves had a party at the photo copier.

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“Open House”- Tasport Tower

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“Open House” is an annual event in Hobart, where the public have free access to buildings that we don’t usually get to see.

Last weekend, we joined a tour of Tasmanian Ports Control Tower. It is 36 metres tall and has a unique 360 degree view of Hobart city, waterfront , Tasman Bridge and the Derwent River.
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It was designed to oversee the entire port and manage the arrival and departure of all ships. It is still used as the main observation point for all under-bridge crossings and is the office/staff room for the sea pilots.

From the tower, we could appreciate the scale of local timber awaiting export.
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“5000 Poppies”

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As we approach Remembrance Day and commemorations to mark one hundred years since the end of the First World War, there is a beautiful tribute at the Australian War Memorial in Canberra.
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“What began as a small personal tribute by two Australian women to honour their fathers who fought in World War II, became an international tribute of respect and remembrance to those who have served in all wars, conflicts and peacekeeping operations, their families and their communities.”

“Lynn Berry and Margaret Knight set out to crochet a humble 120 poppies to “plant” at the Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne Australia for Remembrance Day in 2013 in honour of their fathers who fought in WWII.”

“The idea sparked a massive community outpouring with tens of thousands of contributors, from Australia, New Zealand and beyond, making hundreds of thousands of beautiful handcrafted poppies.”

March 2015 – Melbourne Flower and Garden Show.
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Anzac Day 2015 – Melbourne’s Federation Square for the city’s centenary of Anzac commemorations.
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May 2016 – RHS Chelsea Flower Show, London
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July 2016 – Fromelles France
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Remembrance Day 2017 – Shrine of Remembrance in Melbourne
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Remembrance Day 2018 – Canberra Airport
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I am honoured to have crocheted just a few poppies for this project, these artworks, these tributes.
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All photos and quotes from 5000 Poppies.