I’ve spent a relaxed time with girlfriends, enjoying High Tea at the local Riversdale Estate. The setting was delightful.
The food was delicious, presented on tiered cake stands. Sandwiches, savoury pastries, scones, with jam and cream, various cakes and desserts. We chose different teas, some black, some fruit or floral.
On Saturday we watched the Australian National Penny Farthing Championships, held in the historic village of Evandale in central Tasmania.
This year’s event was a scaled back event due to covid, yet still fun a fun day out. Races were run over a triangular course around the village. There were various races, sprints, mens’, ladies, juniors, veterans, relays and obstacle (run, carry and push the bike, ride it). Also ,a 20km road race.
There were food and craft stalls, an interesting village store. Some locals dressed in 1800’s costumes.
When the championships started back in 1983 the penny farthings were originals. Now many have been newly manufactured.
It’s been a month of long summer weekends and hectic weekday workdays.
We’ve been to the beach most weeks, for lazy barefoot walks and late afternoon swims, refreshing on the hotter days.
We’ve enjoyed blueberry picking, as well as continuing to buy delicious summer fruits from local growers. A wet spring has produced a bumper crop of large juicy cherries.
Earlier this month, Hobart hosted the 5th Test of “The Ashes”, a long standing cricket challenge between Australia and England. As this was the first time a game has even been held in Tasmania, the locals were rather excited. Various city buildings were lit up in the “green and gold” colours of Australia and there was a joyous atmosphere around the city.
I’m moving to a new role within my current company, so handing over my own workload to someone new whilst learning new tasks has required overtime on work days, therefore my weekends have felt extra precious.
The month began with the final days of the Sydney to Hobart yacht race, with the visiting yachts moored up on Hobart Waterfront.
The month has ended with MONA FOMA, a music and arts festival. The highlight is a fabulous laser light show across Hobart with a soundtrack. These photos show the lights from various spots in the city.
The month has flown by, after a slow start I have already started ticking things off my “52 things in 52 Weeks challenge. Here are my first weekly selfies to sum up my January 2022.
This is my contribution to Ju-Lyn and Brian’s monthly “Changing Seasons” challenge.
A highlight of November was Hobart’s “Open House” Weekend, when a number of private buildings are open to the public. We chose to visit this roof top terrace.
The building dates back to 1906 and is currently office space and a private apartment. Back in the 1930’s the roof terrace was a café. The entrance hall has a lovely ceiling and wood panelling.
We also visited the Royal Tennis Court, or Real Tennis Club. I have no idea of the rules except that the game is a cross between tennis and squash with the ball in play when it bounces off the walls or the roof of the viewing gallery.
We’ve had some hot sunny days, ideal for beach walks. We’ve had many wet days when we’ve headed out in between showers for local walks. We also had the coldest November day in 70 years with snow on the mountain again.
Border restrictions and lockdowns in other states and territories within Australia are having big impacts on our hospitality and tourism businesses.
However, Tassie folk are enjoying our beautiful island without the crowds of tourist and are doing our best to support local business. The State Government has helped with a $7.5 million Travel Voucher scheme. Anyone could register to receive $200 towards accommodation and $100 towards attractions. All entrants were put in a ballot and we were fortunate to be successful.
So last weekend we went on a road trip, staying in Launceston to explore the northern part of Tassie.
We stayed at Peppers Silo Hotel, an unusual building repurposed from grain silos built in the 1960’s. The hotel overlooks the city, the Tamar River Basin and the North Esk River and Riverbend Park.
We explored the city on foot, appreciating the architecture, the history, art and culture in QVMAG (Queen Victoria Museum and Gallery).
We drove to a couple of vineyards, tasting the wines in on the deck on a sunny Sunday afternoon.
We also visited Beaconsfield Gold Mine and Heritage Centre. Gold was first discovered here in 1847. Underground mining began in 1879 with considerable investment and expansion. However, the mine closed in 1914 due to constant flooding. Many of the original buildings now in ruins. In 1980 work began to reopen the mine and the first ore production occurring in 1998. It remained operational until 2012. A 2 week rescue mission to reach 2 miners trapped after an earthquake induced rock collapse made international news in 2006.
Another point of interest, in 1953 Beaconsfield was the first town in Australia to add fluoride to its water supply.
The Royal Tasmanian Botanical Gardens reopened this week as lockdown restrictions begin to ease. Only outside areas were open “for exercise”. The shop, café and kiosk were closed. Also the Conservatory and Antarctic House.
It was a perfect autumn day to visit. Feet of all sizes had fun scrunching through the fallen leaves.
I joined lots of people for a delightful walk around the gardens. Everyone was sensible and respectful, keeping social distance, waiting to pass on narrow paths and bridges over the lake.
It was pleasing to see the autumn colours.
Many of the maples in the Japanese Garden have finished their display. There were a few still putting on a show.
Also to see what is happening in “The Patch”, as seen on Gardening Australia. Local charities maintain some beds.
The gardeners have kept busy while the gardens have been closed.