I am doing a Diploma in family history at the university of Tasmania and throughout the course, we try to have get togethers. Today was at Richmond Bakery in Southern Tasmania. Thanks to one of the patrons for taking the photo.
Earlier this afternoon, I heard a loud noise coming from the airport and something flying directly over my house. Looked out the door and saw smoke everywhere. Checked out website fires Tasmania and saw one had started near Sandford about 10 minute drive away from me. Can see the helicopters water bombing in front of the flames.
Lots of choice to either heat or cool the room in my motel in Launceston. Think it might be cooling as still over 20 Celsius at the moment.
Am in Devonport for one night ready to run a refresher course for blogging with some teachers tomorrow. Just saw the Abel Tasman, nah Spirit of Tasmania, ferry arriving from Melbourne.
Many of the southern states of Australia have been hit by a heat wave recently. Luckily not so much in Tasmania, but our skies are still showing the effect from fires in the state.
Went for a drive to Clifton Beach this afternoon. Lots of popular beaches have lifeguards on duty if the beach has rips, currents or big surf. But it was only about 17 degrees Celsius so very few people out swimming.
One thing that Tasmania is known for is its clean, green image. This is promoted through tourism with huge cruise ships coming into port over the summer period.
A couple of nights of high winds has brought out the wind surfers on Ralph’s Bay. This is a very shallow bay off the Derwent River and is generally very calm. It is a bird watchers paradise with many different gulls and other birds on the foreshore.
It’s winter here and I was looking at one patch of my garden. Decided it needed some sprucing up with more plants. Now I have retired I had gone through all my old worksheets, (some even run off with a spirit duplicator about 30 years ago) and shredded them. Made seven large garbage bags of small bits of paper. Laid them down on the garden and wetted them well. But not enough – so will have to shred more over the next couple of days before adding again to the garden.
This one is for Sue in Western Australia.
This is where the famous Cadbury chocolates are made in Tasmania.
Not sure how I took this photo – might have held the button down too long, but these are lights at the local airport.