Spring is Near

It’s been starting to feel more like spring just lately. It’s still cold in the mornings and at night and the mist sometimes doesn’t lift till mid morning but when it does the sky is blue and the sun feels warm. Daffodils are threatening to bust out all over the place and even our old moss-covered, raggedy nectarine trees have survived another year and are showing tiny buds. I’m not being lulled into a false sense of security, spring in Tasmania can be unpredictable and I’m sure we’ve not seen the last of the bad weather but it is nice to see the sun again.

When I  went to Hobart last Friday it was such a beautiful morning that I was tempted to take photos out the window of the bus just to show you how lovely everything looked. I never, ever get tired of the views of the river and the countryside on the 60km ride to Hobart. I feel lucky because tourists would pay a lot of money to tour such a lovely area and I get to see it all the time.

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I had some time in Hobart and stopped to take some photos of St David’s Anglican Cathedral and some other buildings in the city. Later I tried to photograph some of the scenery on the way to Oatlands on the Redline Coach but that was more difficult. I was sitting behind the driver and with the coach at highway speeds I didn’t get many pictures I was happy with so I apologise for the quality of these. I included them to try to give you the sense of how much I enjoyed the journey more than anything else.  I’ll have to have another go next time I go up there on a fine afternoon. My camera is a Nikon Coolpix L120. I didn’t realise until today that it was possible to buy a polarizing filter for this camera.  I didn’t realise you could get them for point and shoot digital compacts. I’ll definitely need to get one before summer (and cricket) really begins.

Travelling along the Brooker Highway the main road north out of Hobart.
Travelling along the Brooker Highway the main road north out of Hobart.
Crossing the Derwent on the Bridgewater bridge.
Crossing the Derwent on the Bridgewater bridge.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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