The first sweet tomatoes of this summers homegrown crop. An odd number.
Welcome to February Squares hosted by BeckyB – SquareOdds
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.
It’s set to be a short season for some of our summer fruit. Partly due to weather, hail storms which has damaged some crops. Also the lack of pickers due to Australia’s border closure, lack of back packers and casual workers.
So I was delighted to buy these delicious fruits from the local farmers markets. Hopefully I can get to some Pick Your Own farms next weekend.
Christmas Carols by the Beach was a highlight of my December.
It’s been two years since I’ve experienced a summer season.
My seasons in the past 18 months have been … winter – spring – autumn – winter – spring – autumn – winter – spring – finally summer … as I was in the UK in November last year until March.
So I’ve been making the most of blue skies, warm sunny days, visits to the beach, reading on our deck, a swim on Christmas Day.
I decorated our driftwood tree and created some other tree like ornaments.
Our office elves were back, bringing lots of fun and daily hide and seek.
Face masks are now mandatory here in Tassie so we are getting used to wearing them all day in the office. Our borders opened to all of Australia on 15th December when we had zero covid cases. Today we have 520 active cases, 137 new cases in the past 24 hours. Covid is here to stay and we’ll all have to get used to living with the virus in our community.
Saying “happy new year” doesn’t really feel right today. Instead, I’ll say best wishes for 2022. Let’s hope this is the beginning of the end of this pandemic.
Hope we can all enjoy the Christmas we have planned and that 2022 is an easier year. Best wishes 🙂
We moved to Australia in 2015 so my brain knows that December here is summer. But this time last year I was back in the UK from November through to March and it seems my brain has reverted to December must be winter.
Here are a couple of photos comparing my summer Christmas and my winter Christmas.
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.
It’s been a month of all seasons, here in Hobart.
Rainbows, blue skies, white fluffy clouds.
Days when nature turned to monochrome.
Hot sunny beach days.
Lots of rainy days, storms from the south which noticibly eroded our beaches.
Cold days when we woke to views of snow on the mountain.
And stunning sunsets. This photo is straight from my iPhone, no filter, no cropping. This gives the true picture of the view from our deck.