RDP: Breathe

Second-Hand Smoke

Yesterday I took Cindy for a walk in the evening. It had been a lovely day, sunny but not too hot and on this summer evening there were still lots of people at the beach. There were kids playing in the creek, families out riding bikes together while others played table tennis in their gardens. In our street, some kids were having a game of street cricket with wheelie bins for wickets. In other words typical Aussie summer holiday activities.

Late that night when I let Cindy out for the last time I noticed that it was very smoky outside and this morning it was even worse. There are a couple of fires going locally but when I checked the local Facebook pages I learned that these fires had been downgraded. The smoke was not coming from them. This smoke is apparently blanketing the whole northwest coast of Tasmania and it is either coming from a big bushfire in eastern Tasmania or it is drifting across from the mainland where I am sure that you all know there are horrendous fires.

Here you can see the difference. I took the first photo on Friday afternoon while I was sitting outside for a while. The second one was this morning. The photo doesn’t show the smoke that well, it’s like cloud cover. It doesn’t look as bad here as it did around Geeveston last summer but it is already affecting the air quality here. The photos cannot give you an idea of how bad it smells out there. I was only outside for a few minutes before I had to come back indoors to get away from the smell. I was already finding the air hard to breathe. The effects of these fires carry a long way.

Smoke from nearby fires discolours the sky.

The fires in NSW and Victoria are by no means under control and in fact, the experts say that today will be a worse day than New Year’s Eve was. There are fires in South Australia, Western Australia and here in Tasmania. Smoke may be with us for a long time.



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.


  1. From the pictures we’ve been getting here, it looks like the entire east coast of Australia in on fire. Not that long ago, our entire west coast, as well as a good deal of the middle, was on fire. We’ve been lucky to NOT be on fire.

    It is warmer than it should be for this time of year and much wetter than it has ever been — and last August was the hottest month ever recorded in New England. There is so much flooding all across this continent, it seems desperately unfair we can’t send all that spare water where it is needed.

    I’m glad you aren’t immediately on fire, but I fear for your country, your ocean. And our world.

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    • Pretty much the whol eastern coast of Victoria and southern NSW is on fire and there are other fires elsewhere. The vast majority of Australians live in along the coastal strip and of course it is holiday time here, school holidays till the end of January. They were talking about needing to get about 100,000 people out of the affected areas. I am safe but I don’t forget that this area is surrounded by a national park too and it’s dry. It could easily be me standing on the beach waiting for a boat.


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