Hobart, Tasmania, is a charming small city at all times of the year, but in this week between Christmas and New Year, the city is at its best.
The yachts of the 73rd annual “Sydney to Hobart” ocean race are in town, giving our waterfront extra colour and vibrancy. Crews are from twenty seven countries. Eleven of the 102 yachts are also competing in the “Clipper Round the World Race”, this being just one leg of their seven month journey.
There is a fabulous atmosphere as locals and tourists view the yachts and visit “The Taste of Tasmania”, a delicious festival showcasing local foods, drinks and produce.
Whilst enjoying a few plates at The Taste, we gave a warm welcome to the yachts as they finished the race.
For some crews, there was still work to be done, repairing sails.
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Wishing you all a relaxing and refreshing holiday season 🙂
I didn’t dismantle our driftwood tree, last Christmas. With a family birthday in early January, I changed it into a birthday tree. Then a friend set a challenge, could I keep the tree going all year, with a different theme each month?
Here is a summary of our year and our tree…..
Back at the beach
The photo challenge this week is 2017 Favorites. Which is your favourite tree?
This is our third non-traditional Christmas tree. Each year we create a tree from driftwood, rope, a few decorations, ribbon and garlands of bells. No tinsel in sight. I love the new Aussie animal decorations.
I actually made a second tree this year which travelled with us to Sydney, fully decorated, as a gift for our daughter, son-in-law and grandson 🙂
Remembering the weekend.
Whist in Sydney recently I took photos of these two beautiful trees that we don’t see in Tasmania.
The jacaranda flowers were past their best but still a blast of colour along suburban streets.
The frangipani buds opened a little more each day, on our daughters back yard tree.
My northern hemisphere brain still gets a kick out of summer in December, evening though this is now my third Christmas in Australia.
Today, one week before Christmas Day, we visited a few of Tasmania’s East Coast beaches, on a beautiful sunny day. The sand gets whiter as you travel north.