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 🙂
It’s the end of another month. July has been a month of celebration…. Our 30th wedding anniversary, a mini break, a new job. We decorated our drift wood tree and wine was consumed.
I have lots to learn in the Aged Care organisation where I now work , including how to drive this rather scary photo copier machine! The office is in a good location near Kangaroo Bay.
On weekends I’ve relaxed by walking on the beach and balancing pebbles.
It’s been a mix of mild sunny days yet with snow on the mountain. There are flowers in bloom.
Tasmania loves any excuse for a public winter bonfire. The annual “Festival of Voices” concluded with “The Big Sing”, an outdoor stage, various choirs, singers, everyone joining in. All keeping warm near two huge bonfires.
The Mid-Winter Festival also involved bonfires, local food and wine, cider, wassailing the apple orchards, Morris dancing.
As life settles down, I hope to have more time for blogging, to post and to read other people’s posts. This is my contribution to Su’s Changing Seasons.
Last December we had the privilege to see all of the Round the World Yacht Race competitors in Hobart.
This weekend the race was won by “Visit Sanya” when the yachts arrived back in Liverpool, UK, after eleven months at sea. “Visit Seattle” came in second place.
History has been made, as both these boats were skippered by women. Australian, Wendy Tuck, aged 53, became the first women to win any round the world yacht race. British skipper, Nikki Henderson, aged 25, took second place.
Congratulations to both women and all the teams involved.
The yachts leaving Hobart.
I haven’t written much, or taken many photos. We’ve been too busy, out and about with visitors, experiencing the winter festival that is “Dark Mofo”, exploring out city as Hobart “paints the town red”. We’ve had sunny days, foggy days.
I’m reliving the month now, as I check our bank account, remembering concerts, meals out, ferry trip, cafes, wearing my new pj’s.
Out driftwood tree had a Dark Mofo theme this month.
It’s the last weekend of Hobart’s annual winter festival. There are various art installations across the city for “Dark Mofo”.
Here are just a few of them. Free, large scale, installations, open to everyone. Art that engages you, surrounds you, absorbs you, promotes discussion.
“Leviathan” by Matthew Schreiber
A massive geometrical sculpture wrought from lasers and light.
Footpaths amongst the low level flames.
“Spectra” by Ryoji Ikeda
49 searchlights that reach up to 15 kms into the night sky. A beautiful, spiritual experience, especially in the rain.
This is the view from our place, 15 kms from Spectra’s location.
Reflections and Angles
Customs House from Constitution Dock and up close.
Hobart Town Hall.
Reflections as I got out of our car.
As Hobart prepares to welcome it’s annual DARK MOFO festival, the city is glowing a warm red colour. Multiple buildings and structures are lit by red lights. These were the first to “paint the town red”.
This is the Tasman Bridge which crosses the River Derwent, linking the city to the Eastern Suburbs, airport and East Coast scenic route and Tasman Peninsular.
This is Wrest Point Hotel and Casino.