A boat jetty that I pass on my walk to work.
Sometimes, a photo challenge prompt gets into my subconscious. I have been noticing bricks, in various situations and locations.
1833 is part of a sculpture trail, marking the date of the “new wharf” in Hobart when locally quarried sandstone warehouses were built to serve the influx of ships that loaded and unloaded cargoes of wheat and timber, livestock and leather, rum and flour, salt pork and muskets.
Old buildings made from bricks with these broad arrows, bricks that were convict made and were government property. The arrow supposedly prevented pilfering.
This Memorial Wall contains many original headstones of the early European Settlers in Hobart. The wall is in St David’s Park, which was the site of a cemetery until 1872.
St David’s Cathedral in Hobart hosted their 50th annual flower festival this weekend. There is something majestic seeing beautiful flower displays within a church setting.
Here are just a few of the exhibits.
I chatted to this lady, spinning her own yarn whilst overseeing the kid’s corner, with crafts and colouring pages. Her tapestry chair was just wonderful.
The Queen’s Baton Relay is similar to the Olympic Torch Relay, but for the Commonwealth Games. The baton carries a message from the Queen, which begins its journey at Buckingham Palace and finishes when the message is read aloud at the Opening Ceremony of the Games.
This year’s Commonwealth Games is being held on Australia’s Gold Coast in April.
“The thousands of people who carry the baton are local legends, nominated by their peers for achievements and contributions to their community. The baton bearers represent the spirit of the Commonwealth and inspire others to be great.”
Today the Queen’s Baton Relay arrived in Hobart.
Several roads were closured for the relay during morning and evening rush hour, causing the below cartoon in this morning’s newspaper 🙂
But before we get to the Commonwealth Games, there are the Winter Olympics to enjoy.
Photos taken with iPhone through telescope, no editing.
Summer in Hobart is glorious. Temperatures generally in the mid-twenties, lots of sunshine but not the extreme heat or humidity of mainland Australia.
January feels like a holiday month, running over from Christmas and the New Year, “The Taste” food festival, MONA FOMA music and art festival, through to Australia Day. The kids on summer break, some businesses close for extended holidays.
For me, it has definitely been a holiday month. My work contract finished at the end of December and I am taking a slow approach to finding a new job. So I have had TIME during January.
Time to walk every day, along coastal paths, on the beach.
Time to stop and smell the roses, admire the structure of passion flowers, the delicate gum nuts in the eucalyptus trees.
Time to be calm, to be still, to balance stones on a grate. I blogged earlier about a community challenge to add to the stone stacks. Strong winds knocked them flat but several people seem to stop and build anew. My skills have improved no end, balancing nine stones on a few occasions.
Time to move photos to a hard drive. What a job that has turned into, but a joy to revisit holidays and favourite times and places as I attempt to reduce my photo archive.
Time to meet friends for coffee, a smoothie, or lunch. Time to chat, to relax. Time to enjoy a good book. Time to waste time.
I’m joining the “changing seasons” project, now hosted by Su at Zimmerbitch,
where you can get a glimpse of January through the eyes of other bloggers across the world.
I thoroughly enjoyed an online photography course mid year. I learnt a lot about my camera and about different techniques. I participated in interesting weekly assignments, encouraged fellow students, saw some lovely photographs and ideas. I still need to practice and there’s always more to learn.
Experimenting with camera shutter speed was fun.
I’ve also enjoyed using my new “olloclip” macro lens that takes amazing images with my iphone. Seeing a new level of detail in everyday objects is intriguing.
As well as our driftwood tree that evolved over the months, I have worked on several crochet and knitting projects, also created a terrarium.
I completed the challenge to submit a picture for one hundred consecutive days, of what made me happy. Check out the website 100happydays.com and my post here.
“We live in times when super-busy schedules have become something to boast about. While the speed of life increases, there is less and less time to enjoy the moment that you are in. The ability to appreciate the moment, the environment and yourself in it, is the base for the bridge towards long term happiness of any human being.”
Ticks for another 3 challenges on the list.
✔ 1 – Take a photography course and learn to use my camera to its full capability.
✔ 10 – Times 10 – Complete #100 Happy Days
✔12 – Experiment with twelve new creative ideas this year.
We visited the Hobart Synagogue today as part of Open House weekend. It is the oldest Jewish place of worship still in use in Australia, consecrated on 4th July 1845.
The building is in the Egyptian Revival style, characterised by its columns with lotus capitals and the trapezoidal shape windows.
We saw the central raised platform, the Bimah, where the Torah is placed for reading.
We saw the Ark, the sacred place behind a curtain, where the Torah scrolls are kept. Our guide explained that the practicality of winding the scroll from one place to another, one reading to another, can be time consuming, so they have five Torah in their Ark.
There is a Sefer Torah on display as a memorial of those who died in the Holocaust. It is one of 1,564 scrolls seized from desecrated synagogues in Czechoslovakia by the Nazis.
Hobart Synagogue embraces both Orthodox and Progressive members and offers services for both, but the building was obviously constructed at a time of Orthodox Judaism so there is a box for the Rabbi. The seating downstairs was for men only, with a balcony at the back for ladies and children.
It was built when Tasmania was known as Van Diemen’s Land and was still a convict settlement. Original benches where convicts sat, are still used for spare seating, some are stacked and used as book shelves.
The chandelier was originally designed to burn whale oil and has since been adapted for every variation of electric light technology. If you look closely from the Ladies Gallery, you can see that the light fittings hang below the ceiling level, allowing smoke from the oil burners and candles to escape into the ceiling space.
It was a privilege to see inside this synagogue, to hear about the history of the building, about the Jewish community in Tasmania and to learn more about the Jewish faith.