Wishing everyone a safe and happy 2020. May we all “live our best lives”.
On this day 5 years ago, I said goodbye to my London Banking career.
My daily commute then was a packed train through city suburbs into London Bridge Station and London Cannon Street Station.
Today my commute starts at a bus stop overlooking the river and mountain, with a journey on an uncrowded bus passing the beach.
There are several stops and depending on the weather, I try to walk a while rather than waiting at the nearest stop. I enjoy watching the seabirds, whilst walking and waiting – cormorants, oyster catchers, plovers, herons, dab chicks as well as gulls.
There is a bus stop with a shelter, up the hill which is convenient on cold or rainy days.
Buses before 8.30am are an express route, picking up passengers this end but then non-stop into the city. I have to remember to get off at the local shopping centre and change to another slow bus to work. I’m sure one day I will be so engrossed in a book that I‘ll miss the interchange and end up across the bridge in the city centre.
I’ve signed up to be a part of “Plastic Free July”.
The campaign started in Western Australia in 2011. Last year, 120 million people across the globe took part in the challenge, across 177 countries.
I won’t be able to be totally plastic free but I can begin by simply saying no to the top four most prolific single-use plastics:
~ plastic bags
~ water bottles
~ take away coffee cups
~ plastic straws
I hope the month will make me take notice of the plastics I do buy, what habits I can change or products I can switch to reduce our overall household waste, to reduce our recycle bin and make a contribution to tackling the worlds plastic pollution problem.
Here is a link to their website for more information, suggestions or to sign up for the challenge.
It’s been a few months since I wrote on this blog. I subconsciously withdrew from social media, I took fewer photos whilst our life became busy with the process of house hunting.
After four years living in Tasmania, we have bought a home here. It was a big decision, more so for me, with my connections to the UK, easier for my Aussie husband. We love it here, the island, the landscape, the Hobart lifestyle, the climate, the place, the people. So it feels right to commit to life here.
House hunting became a full time hobby, checking online for new listings, visiting “open house” inspections every weekend. There are so many designs and styles of house here, so many choices and options. We gradually narrowed down our wish list. When we had purchased previous homes, we had strict limitations – transport links for commuting to London when we were “twenty somethings” – location to our daughters school when we moved for the “parents of teenagers” stage.
Now, it’s just us, what did we want? What suburbs appealed to us? Could we afford a water view?
Our new home is across the River Derwent so we now have views of the river and Mount Wellington. We have an “upside down” house, with bedrooms and bathrooms downstairs, living rooms upstairs with balcony.
We have a garden to look after, so that might become the new focus of my blog as I see what surprises the garden has in store over the coming months.
Today seems a good day to post a few photos. There was snow on the mountain for the first time this season.
Pretty cool place to do music practice. It made me think of my daughters, a decade ago, the sound of trumpet, saxophone, flute, keyboard and drums in our home.
I haven’t posted much in recent weeks. I haven’t read other blogs. Life has been busy and hobbies have dropped by the wayside for a while. I’m hoping that longer days and the start of spring will give me renewed enthusiasm for blogging and taking photos.
It’s now 4 years since I started this blog. Initially as a way of sharing news and photos with family and friends back in the UK, as we moved to Tasmania. I had no idea how enjoyable blogging would be, how many friendships would grow from this online community.
It is also 4 years since I started taking a “photo a day”. Some photos represent my day, others relate to a daily prompt from an online PAD Group. There have been lots of blue skies and bright colour days during these happy years.
Just glancing at this collage is bringing back joyful memories of ordinary days and special days. I’m feeling inspired for another twelve months of photos and blogging 🙂
You learn a lot about an organisation when you work in the accounts department. I’ve been working in a temp role at a fee-paying school that has students from kindergarten to Year 12.
The school opened back in 1892 on this site. As well as the expected modern class rooms, there are some beautiful old houses that are still part of the campus. The school has a boarding house, a swimming pool open to the public, science labs, music rooms, theatre, library, halls, chapel, courtyards and memorial gardens.
I have paid creditor invoices for an amazing range of items….
Pens and pencils to a new school bus
Swimming caps to drums of Sodium Hypochlorite (pool chemicals)
Text books to toilet rolls
Window cleaning to line marking on the sports field
Utility bills to food for the tuck shop
Art supplies to flights for teacher conferences
Lawyer fees to fire alarm maintenance
Props for drama shows to sheep eye balls for science class (yes really!)
I’ve learnt that ….
A4 white paper is delivered by the pallet load
Year 2 look after a brood of chickens (I’ve paid for the chook food)
I’ve also learnt that school rules have changed in the past one hundred years.
This job has dominated my month, so this is my contribution to Changing Seasons hosted by Su.
At the beginning of April, I wasn’t working, I had time on my hands, so I decided to join this annual alphabet challenge.
Here we are at the end of the month and I have managed to post every day. It’s been a rather random selection of topics, but I’ve enjoyed sharing my month and some favourite photos.
My “photo a day” group also ran an alphabet challenge this month, with the first four days having number themes before the letters started. Here are PAD my photos.
Looking back, it’s been weeks of glorious weather here in Hobart. Even though I started a full time temp job mid-month, I’ve still found time to get outdoors and connect with nature, as evidenced by the pictures.
I was chuffed that my photo of Russell Falls, taken on Friday, was selected as a “Fab Four” winner for the letter W in the PAD group.
This is my contribution to Su’s Changing Seasons challenge
I’m a week into a new job, a temporary position for a few months, doing Accounts Payable at a school. I have lots of questions, about the system, their procedure. New names and faces to remember, a large school campus to navigate.
It’s a long time since I’ve put myself under this much pressure, pushed myself this much out of my comfort zone. But it is getting easier each day. I have revisited a couple of text books from my studies last year, which help. Everyone is very friendly and supportive.
I’m sure I’ll soon get on top of the workload and it will feel less hectic. In the meantime, roll on the weekend!