Year’s End

It really only sunk in today that tomorrow is New Year’s Eve. Due to celebrating Christmas early and not being able to do the things that I normally do the week after Christmas I seem to be losing my grip on time.

Since I stopped working, the week between Christmas and New Year has been holiday time for me. The Op Shop is always closed for that week so it was an opportunity to be out and about. It was probably my favourite week of the whole year. First, all would be the preparations for Christmas and the day itself and then for the next week I’d be doing things like going to a Hurricanes game in Hobart and making at least one trip into Hobart to see the Sydney Hobart Race yachts arrive and visit the Taste of Tasmania. Sometimes David and I used to drive to another location where we could see the yachts pass by on their way up the river.

The crowd on the hill at Blundstone Arena
Taste of Tasmania 2018
Colourful signs of the food and drink vendors at the Taste of Tasmania

I haven’t been to a Hurricanes game in a few years now as I could never get home from the evening fixtures unless I was going with friends but I always went to see the yachts. I have hardly missed a year since we came to Tasmania. Even when I was working I would find time to slip across to Constitution Dock before or after work.

For people who are interested, line honours this year went to Commanche and the overall winner was Ichi Ban, one of the yachts I always look out for.

I don’t know what 2020 will bring but I definitely need to find some new summer activities to photograph next year.


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 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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