The Aurora Australis forecast was favourable.
The clouds cleared before the expected storms.
We drove ten minutes to a south facing beach.
We weren’t alone.
Others were on the beach at midnight.
With cameras on tripods.
Was that green glow a hint of Aurora?
Home to bed, as there’s work tomorrow.
Better luck another time.
Hobart Town Hall held an open day today, to celebrate 150 years since it’s opening.
This is the Great Hall.
The Mayor’s Office. An intriguing mix of history and modern technology.
There are a number of impressive chandeliers within the building.
Outside, there were old trams from one hundred years ago. The double decker Tram No. 17 dates back to the First World War, but commission was delayed because the ship carrying the motors was sunk on route from Britain. The tram was in service until 1947 and has now been renovated with original parts sourced from other vehicles.
The single decker Tram No. 39 was also in service during the same period. Then spent forty years in someone’s back yard before being restored.
Here is another old tram, but this one awaiting restoration.
It was a fun day out, with food stalls, live music, other historic vehicles.
A new five pound note has recently been issued in England and Wales. It is Britain’s first polymer bank note, replacing the historical paper notes.
Australia issued the world’s first polymer bank note in January 1988, a commemorative $10 bill. All note denominations were converted to the cleaner, more durable, more secure plastic notes by 1996.
Here are some macro shots of the latest $5 bill.
Here is the note, front and back.
Most days it’s fine that family are spread across the globe
I’m happy that I’m here
Living this life
In this place
I wish I was somewhere else
Or that I could split myself in two
Most days it’s fine that I chat to family online
Via Facetime or Skype
I wish I could have a real hug
And be there in person
Most days it’s fine that we value our independence
To know that we have
I wish I could stand next to you
As we look up at the sky
As well as the Quilt Expo, this weekend hosted a Micro Brew Festival.
The event showcased a variety of small boutique beer and cider producers from Tasmania. There were food stalls and live music. So many drinks to sample, so little time.
This van sold a variety of ciders… apple, pear, cherry, raspberry and quince. Very nice.