Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge 2014 #22

The Old Road and the Road To Nowhere

The Road To Nowhere

We live next to an electrical substation and between it and the boundary of our property is this “No Man’s Land” which looks like it should be a road or driveway but isn’t.

We’ve tried to find out who is responsible for it. The council doesn’t seem to want to know about it and it doesn’t have a name. Maybe its Crown land. Although there are now houses behind our place they can’t access this track by car although the back neighbours sometimes walk along it to get to the Huon Highway. That always sets Cindy off barking because the track is on higher ground and she thinks that the space is ours. She sometimes sneaks out of the back garden but thankfully instead of heading for the road she goes the other way. There are overhead power lines in the paddock behind us so the electricity authority has installed  a gate and warning signs in recent times. Cindy, of course, can’t read and will duck under the fence and head off in search of possums, wallabies or to try to visit the neighbours.

Cindy loves coming up here.
Cindy loves coming up here.
Not really a road at all.
The Road to Nowhere – Not really a road at all.

The Old Road

Years before we came to live here the Huon Highway, which runs past our house, was realigned. I suspect that it may have been done around the time that the substation was built in the 1960s. Here you can see a portion of the old road. When we first moved in there used to be an old Mile post in front of the substation but when they replaced the fencing it was destroyed. I was a bit sad about that. Of course we’ve had the metric system in Australia since I was a teenager but you can still see Mile posts here and there around Tasmania.

The Old Huon Hwy
The Old Huon Hwy


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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