Harry Potter’s birthday

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The first HP book was published 20 years ago today. A hardback print run of just 500 copies.IMG_1131

My girls grew up with Harry and his friends, reading the books, listening to the audio version on car journeys, watching the movies at the cinema, the dvd a guaranteed Christmas gift.

Thank you J K Rowling, our family have have spent many, many happy hours in that wizarding world.IMG_1130

Peaceful Protest

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Tasmania has beautiful, unspoilt landscape and countryside. Tasmania also has delicious local produce, including farmed salmon.

On Sunday, there was a protest against additional fish farming on our East Coast. It was all very peaceful and friendly, a few speakers, music, media coverage.IMG_1323

There were people on the waterfront, some with placards, some with their dogs.IMG_1300IMG_1326

There were people on the water, also with banners and signs, also with dogs. Fishing trawlers, recreational fishing boats, pleasure boats, yachts, kayaks, jet skis, paddle boards, surfers.IMG_1342IMG_1309IMG_1335

Although this was a local protest on a small island at the bottom of the world, this one placard seems appropriate on a global level.IMG_1321

Ogoh Ogoh

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One of the features of DARK MOFO is the Ogoh Ogoh.

It is a demon like sculpture, common in Balinese Hinduism. People write down their fears, and feed them to the ogoh ogoh. At the end of the festival, the ogoh ogoh is paraded along the street and cremated in ceremonial smoke, fire and noise.

It has taken me a couple of years to get used to this idea, but right now, with everything going on in the world, it felt right to put my fears on paper, give them to this stunning sculpture based on the extinct Tasmanian Tiger, the Thylacine, and watch them go up in flames.

This evening, we joined the parade and “the burning”.

Although it originates from a very different culture and religion to my own, it felt remarkably calming and therapeutic to be a part of this ceremony.IMG_1239 (1)IMG_1370IMG_1380IMG_1384IMG_1390IMG_1418IMG_1241

DARK MOFO

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Hobart’s winter festival is in full swing with a two week programme of art and music at numerous venues around the city.

DARK PARK
Lasers, lights, live music, food vans and bars.IMG_0803IMG_0822IMG_0984IMG_1248

STREET ART and PERFORMANCE ART
Animation projected onto our “Save the Tasmanian Devil” mural.
Students from the Art College engage with the public.IMG_0730IMG_0761IMG_0769

WINTER FEAST
A banquet of local Tasmania produce and dishes, on offer from a variety of vendors, guest chefs and favourite restaurants, vineyards, distillers. Great food and atmosphere both inside the wharf building and outside with the fire pits.IMG_0962IMG_0964

It has been great to see so many people out, enjoying the festival. All generations, locals and tourists. And the weather has been perfect, dry mild winter nights.

Hastings Caves

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These extensive dolomite caves in southern Tasmania, were discovered one hundred years ago.

The caves are open to the public, although off the beaten track. We joined a tour that lasted forty five minutes and took us through several chambers.

It is a spectacular space, with stunning stalactites and stalagmites, columns, curtains.

My photos do not do justice to scale or beauty of these caves.
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