Wishing everyone a safe and happy 2020. May we all “live our best lives”.
December begun will cool days and snow on the mountain, a cold start to summer. My photos for the month show many with a Christmas Tree theme.
Also, our office elves returned, bringing smiles to all colleagues. Staff organised a reverse advent calendar this month, donating items for Foodbank, Toy Run and “Share the Dignity”.
We’re now on holiday for two weeks, so we’ve relaxed. We went to the beach on Christmas Day morning. This is my fifth summer Christmas and it is still a novelty.
This week has seen the 75th Sydney to Hobart yacht race, with 157 yachts of varying size and age arriving in our city. We have enjoyed our view from the Eastern Shore. It is also time for the annual food festival, The Taste of Tasmania. We spent a delightful afternoon, eating local produce and welcoming the boats to our city.
Yesterday, Tasmania joined every State and Territory in Australia, having temperatures over 40 degrees. We have a total fire ban and are on water restrictions. Such contrasts during December.
I am linking this to Su’s Changing Seasons Challenge.
The highlight of our month was a trip to Sydney to stay with our daughter, son-in-law and two year old grandson but also to visit “Sculpture by the Sea”. This was our first time at this annual art exhibition which began in 1997, along the coastal path and beaches between Bronte and Bondi. It was a lovely day out with art to interest each of us.
We had a couple of hours in the city before our flight home, where the jacaranda trees were beginning to flower.
This is my contribution to Su’s Changing Seasons post.
I’m a few days late with my monthly “changing seasons” post. September has been “alphabet month” in my photo a day group so I’ll share a few of my photos to summarise my month.
We’ve enjoyed a visit from our daughter, son-in-law and two year old grandson, so some letters reflected toddler activities.
A – artwork – toddler originals on our fridge
B – blossom
C – clock tower
D – daffodils
E – eucalyptus flowers
F – fire – back burning on hills behind our house
G – grass through glass
H – hay on hillside
I – ironwork
J – jetty
K – key hole
L – lilies
M – museum
N – night out
O – orchid that I’ve kept alive for 3 months
P – playground
Q – quiet toddler
R – reading
S – slide
T – toddler and friend
U – looking up
V – view
W – white wallaby and brown joey
X – XO noughts and crosses
Y – yachts
Z – zebra at the zoo
Recently, I noticed these delightful new benches made from recycled plastic. They are in Hobart’s Salamanca Place, with plastics obtained from the market held every Saturday.
The design of the benches replicates the sandstone warehouses built in the 1830’s.
It’s great to see thoughtful recycling.
My initial thought was that August was a totally wet, cold and windy month here in Tasmania. However, the photos I’ve taken in the past thirty one days give a different impression.
Between showers, we did get out for walks at Pipeclay Lagoon Conservation Area. I’m not sure what the wood spikes were for, perhaps remains of an old fence line or jetty.
Also a walk on nearby Clifton Beach. Although we had to rush back to the car as the rain fell again.
The mail boxes at this beach always make me smile.
All the rain created spectacular waterfalls where I experimented with long exposure photos.
Despite the weather, August is a colourful month here. The bright yellow wattle is a winter highlight.
There has been snow on Mount Wellington all month but the days are getting longer so it is now still light when I get home. I don’t need a torch to get the post from our street side mail box. Oh the memories of having post pushed through a letter box in the front door. They don’t do that here!
My crochet project at the moment is this spiral square blanket.
I’m linking this post to Su’s Changing Seasons series. Have a look at how other bloggers have spent their month.
It’s the fifteenth year of The Festival of Voices in Southern Tasmania. A two week celebration of choirs, solos, a cappella, duets, various music styles, many free events, some ticketed concerts, workshops.
The highlight is the free open air “Big Sing Bonfire” held in Salamanca Place. Last night was a perfect still, mild evening, attracting a large crowd covering all generations.
The crowd was in good voice, joining a band and performers on stage, singing along to Queen, Abba, Carole King, Aretha Franklin and others. The finale was “Love is in the Air” by John Paul Young which everyone sung in three part harmony. Such a joyful evening.
Before the bonfires and once they were alight.
We have been in our new house for two months. June has brought us bedroom furniture and dining chairs. (We are still waiting for a three seater sofa.) We’ve put pictures on the walls and decorated bland beige lightshades with coloured twine. The house has become a home.
June has been a month of contrasts. Frosty mornings and mild sunny days. Walks on our snow covered mountain, walks on our new local beach.
June in Hobart is dominated but a winter festival “Dark Mofo”, when the city paints itself red, when weird and wonderful public art, music shows, exhibitions and a Winter Feast pops up at numerous locations around the city.
June has seen new and unexpected flowers appear in our garden, but I will write a separate post about our garden this month.
Oh and June brought me an surprise guest in our hall when I got home from work.
I’ll end with this fun pic, “admiring the view”.
I’m linking this to Su’s monthly challenge at Changing Seasons
This locally built hi-speed catamaran has left Hobart this evening on a 20 day voyage to the Mediterranean Sea.
She has a capacity of 900 passengers and 167 cars and will join the ferry service between Malta and Sicily.
It’s been fun seeing the ferry doing sea trials in our River Derwent and moored on our Hobart waterfront.