RDP: Snow

Snow Days

People are often surprised to learn that it snows in Australia. It’s not like the snowfalls you get in Europe or the USA but parts of Australia get snow in winter. We even have ski resorts in the mountainous parts of NSW and Victoria.

As I am from England I saw snow as a child but then we moved to South Australia where once in a blue moon there might be a little snow on top of Mt Lofty (727 metres above sea level) On these occasions it would make the news and anyone who was able would rush up to the summit to see it before it melted. You had to be quick!

Consequently, David grew up never having seen snow. Then we went overseas. His first experience of snow was in Siberia.

David in Irkutsk, Siberia
Wooden house near Lake Baikal, Siberia 1990

Here in Tasmania, the most southerly state in Australia, it snows a little more often than it did in South Australia but rarely enough for me to still get excited about it.

People who have lived here all their lives tell me that winters used to be colder here and that once Mount Wellington (1,271 metres above sea level) had a covering of snow it would remain that way for several weeks but now the snow may only last a few days. I’m blaming climate change.

Snow is most likely to fall in Tasmania between June and October. The first few years we were here it tended to be more towards September-October but the last few big falls we’ve had have been in June or July. Oatlands, where Naomi lives, gets a bit of snow in winter. I remember the first time I was there house sitting for her in July 2008 and it started to snow heavily one day. It was about minus three degrees outside but I was so excited that I put a pair of track pants over my jeans, an extra pair of socks and gloves and went out to take photos in the middle of the snowstorm.

Snow in Oatlands

I saw one other lunatic out doing the same thing. The next day the snow was still on the ground so I managed to get a few more photos but by mid-morning it was all gone.

As Geeveston is 60km south of Hobart it’s not unusual for the hills around the area to get snow in winter although it doesn’t usually last long here either unless it is very cold. A few of my friends who live on properties out of town get snow in their gardens. However, I’ve only had snow in my garden two or three times in nearly 17 years of living here which is somewhat disappointing to me.  Last year a friend took me out to see the snow just outside the town which was fun.

View from the front porch. 2015

I probably would not like it if we had so much snow that we had to shovel our way out. It would make getting around for me harder than it already is but it is pretty to see once in a while.

Snow in Geeveston 2017

Share Your World: 20 May 2019

Some Silly Questions:

Is it better to suspect something (bad or hurtful) and not know or to have your worst fears confirmed by sure knowledge?

Sometimes one and sometimes the other.  I can be a bit of an ostrich and sometimes prefer not to know things that seem scary to me. It’s probably better to know and take steps to deal with a problem but if for example, someone doesn’t like me, do I really need to know that?

What makes you laugh aloud?   Crack up?   Laugh until your sides split?   When was the last time you had a great big belly laugh?

Never ask me “when was the last time you did so and so” because unless it was in the last week or so I probably won’t remember. Naomi and I often have conversations where we both end up laughing out loud over some silly thing, don’t ask for examples, I can’t think of any.

I also find there are some books that make me laugh out loud. That tends to make people look at you funny if you are on the bus. Whenever I read Gerald Durrell’s “The Picnic” or “My Family and Other Animals” I always laugh out loud. Emily Kimbrough’s travel stories usually have the same effect.

Do you suppose Noah had woodpeckers in the ark?  If he did, where did he keep them?   Apologies to the Darwinians in the crowd…this is merely for fun, okay?

Well, if he was taking two of every kind of creature he had to didn’t he? And there are still woodpeckers.  I guess he had an onboard aviary as you would not want all those birds flying around pooping on everyone. Did they have wire in Noah’s day? Could two woodpeckers do major damage to a sturdily built ark in 40 days and 40 nights? Maybe God just told the woodpeckers to be good. (I believe in evolution but I like the story of Noah’s Ark even though it’s totally impractical.)

Why is “Charlie” short for “Charles when they are the same number of letters?

In this case when people say “short for” I think they really mean that it is an informal term for the name Charles. Chas would be short for Charles I guess.

Thankful, Joyful, Grateful

What happened in your world this past week that made you feel thankful, joyful or grateful?

It was my birthday yesterday and I received a few cards, yes some people still send them, and good wishes from friends and family.  I was grateful they remembered. We had a nice sunny day on Saturday for our big sale at the Op Shop which I was thankful for as I was working outside. It was a really pleasant day until I got home and turned on the TV for the election results. I haven’t felt joyful since.

Some of the things we were selling.
Some things we had for sale.

Snapshot Sunday: Democracy Sausage

Sausage and onion on a slice of bread.

Yesterday was our federal election and I spent the day working at the Op Shop. The school was a polling place and the parents’ group ran a sausage sizzle as a fundraiser. Here is my sausage, with onion but no sauce.

The day was very pleasant, the shop did well, the sausages all sold out and there was a nice community atmosphere.

Unfortunately, the day went downhill once the polls closed and the Liberal government was returned for another three years. There is a lot more I’d like to say about that but I should probably wait till I’m less angry; maybe in about three years.

Share Your World: 13 May 2019

Questions:

What social stigma does society need to get over already?

There are plenty but I’m going to say poverty. There are many people who are poor through no fault of their own and people need to stop judging them without knowing their circumstances.

What was the last photo you took?

I took a batch of photos of dolls I was fixing up to go back to the Op Shop. This was the last one of the batch.

The last photo I took

 When was the last time you snooped and found something or found out something you wish you hadn’t?

So long ago that I don’t remember what it was. I don’t look at other people’s phones or read their mail and I try not to overhear conversations that were not meant for my ears. If people are saying bad things about me I don’t need to hear it.

What’s the most comfortable bed or chair you’ve ever slept in?

The last bed David and I bought was to replace an ageing queen sized bed. That one was very comfortable but he had broken the wooden frame three times and frankly, I had got tired of mending it.  I also got tired of trying to sleep in the 30 centimetres or so left when he was fully spread out. I know it was 30 centimetres because one night I measured it.

So I convinced him we needed a larger bed. We bought a king sized bed with a pillow top mattress and it was so comfortable. I was sorry to let it go but it made no sense to me to keep it after he died. It was just too big for me alone. I sold it to some friends and they loved it.

King sized bed.

 

Can being grateful change Your World?

Yes, I believe so. Being grateful puts things in perspective and reminds me that no matter what is going on in my life there are good things in it. If I only focused on the negative things I would be unhappy a lot more often.

One of my second to last batch of photos.

 

Garden Visitors: European Goldfinches

For some reason, birds seem to really like my driveway. I see more birds out there than I do in the back garden where there are more trees and plants.

I happened to glance out the kitchen window on Saturday afternoon and to my surprise, a flock of birds were hopping around in the drive. I dropped what I was doing and hurried to get the camera and fit the long lens.

European Goldfinches in my driveway.

I didn’t want to open the window and scare them away so I just shot through the glass. I took a lot of photos hoping that I’d get some good ones.

They are European Goldfinches, described in my bird book as a feral species found around towns, farms and settlements in Australia. They gather in large flocks in autumn and winter and feed on seeds.  They are quite common, I’ve seen them in the garden before but never a whole flock.

Goldfinches eating seeds in my driveway.

Some of them even hopped closer and started to search for seeds right in front of the window. They stayed quite a while before something startled them and they all took off.

Further Reading:

http://www.australianbushbirds.info/infc/carduelis_carduelis.html

https://www.animalwised.com/how-to-tell-a-male-from-a-female-goldfinch-195.html