Cee’s Which Way Photo Challenge -2015 – Week #34

Which Way – The Southern Outlet

Last night the weather forecast was for more snow down to the 300 metre level so I expected that there might be a bit on Vince’s Saddle where I took some photographs recently. I had to go to Hobart today but as the snow was not forecast until later in the day I thought it would be OK to make the trip. Although I was not expecting to take photos at the last minute I picked up the camera bag.

It was a cold wet morning and as the bus travelled through Longley on the way to Hobart I could see that the hills above the township had fresh snow. The rain changed to hail and by the time we reached Kingston which is 11km from Hobart it was hailing very hard. From Kingston the bus travels on the Southern Outlet to Hobart and as we continued the hail turned to sleet. Suddenly I noticed that the road was white, we slowed right down as did all the other  traffic. I saw cars stopped at the side of the road whose owners didn’t want to continue in these conditions.

I was quite surprised to see how bad this was
I was quite surprised to see how bad this was
Snow and ice on the road
Snow and ice on the road

Normally after the morning rush traffic on the Southern Outlet is not heavy especially going away from Hobart but now cars were banked up as everyone tried to negotiate the icy road and make it down to Hobart safely.

Cars stranded on the side of the road
Cars stranded on the side of the road

The upside of this was that as we were going so slowly I was able to take photos out of the window without the usual problems of trying to focus.

I made it safely to Hobart but was concerned about whether I would be able to get home again later so after visiting Hubby I rang the bus company to check. The weather had improved by then and all the ice and snow I saw on the road on the way down was gone on the way back although we did have more hail.

Despite being a bit anxious about getting home I was pleased on the whole because now I have a “Which Way” for this week.

Cars bank up as the weather turns bad. This is about 4km from Hobart.
Cars bank up as the weather turns bad. This is about 4km from Hobart.


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.


    • No, the only time that would happen is if we had snow to lower than 100m, didn’t even get any in the big snow a few weeks ago when it snowed in Hobart.right down to the beach. I think it just rains too much here.


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