Snapshot Sunday : Tram House

Vanda and I have been looking at some houses together as we plan to buy a new home to share in the not too distant future. One of the homes we went to see was at a place called Verona Sands. The home was very unusual and appealed to the both of us as we have always had a keen interest in trains, trams, ships and cars. This amazing home is made up from two Hobart trams. These trams were once part of Hobart’s tramway network carrying people to and from the city. They are probably about a hundred years old by now. I took a photo of the house on the day which was created using the trams in the 1980s. Before this the trams were used as holiday or fishing shacks. For more information about Hobart’s trams and transport I suggest looking up the Tasmanian Transport Museum or looking on Wikipedia : Trams in Hobart.



Snapshot Sunday: Fruits of My Labour

The apples on my tree are just beginning to ripen and it looks like there will be a good crop so I’ve been hunting up recipes for apples. Today’s effort was an old favourite, apple crumble.

Snapshot Sunday: Cricket at Bellerive

Mitchell Johnson 2010

Ricky Ponting 2010


Bellerive Oval January 2010

This has been the first summer in seven years that I have not attended a cricket match at Bellerive. I’ve been very lucky to have seen Australia play against many other countries as well as attending Hobart Hurricanes games in the Big Bash League. This year I had to be content with watching it all on television and I missed being able to take photos of the ground and the players. These photos were taken at the very first match I attended in January 2010, a Test Match between Australia and Pakistan.

Bellerive Oval, now more often known as Blundstone Arena looks very different now with the new Ricky Ponting Stand where two older, smaller stands are in my photo. It is a beautiful stand but I rather miss the view of Mount Wellington.

Ricky Ponting Stand, Blundstone Arena, Bellerive

Snapshot Sunday

After a huge working week I decided that today being Sunday I would simply take it easy and just do some things I enjoy doing. Who doesn’t enjoy a lazy Sunday at home when you don’t have to work. I work every second one so I really enjoy having a whole week end off. I love to sleep in. When I finally decide it’s time to get up I make a lovely hot cup of tea and check out what is happening online. The dogs and cats curl up in their baskets keeping me company while I browse the news or some of my favourite web sites. Later I potter around a bit doing what ever I need to do before starting some hobbies. I recently came across an interesting app where you can turn your photos into drawings and stuff. I had one of these before but haven’t found it so far. I am madly trying to reinstall all my favourite apps on my new computer. This one makes some very good drawings so I mucked about with a few photos this morning to see what I could come up with. I did have some fun with this. So for Snapshot Sunday I am posting one of my original pictures together with the one I turned into a bit of artwork. If you are interested in this app or one like it I got it off the Microsoft Store.

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Snapshot Sunday : The Lost Toy.

I took my dogs for a drive the other day as I had an errand to run in Richmond. I thought I would take them to the park afterwards for a walk as it was such a nice day. It wasn’t too hot for them in the car or for me to walk them. With the errand done off we went along the river bank. I  noticed a group of young mothers with babies and small children when I sat down for a little rest on a bench. I watched them as their children skipped along the path with the mothers happily chatting and pushing the prams. One child picked something up and his mother threw it into the river. The child giggled with delight as it made a big splash in the water. They eventually moved on and out of my sights so I turned my attention back to Toby and Teddy who had been patiently sitting at my feet. We were walking in the opposite direction to the mothers and their children. I thought we would walk to the bridge and on to the main street and back. As we approached the steps to take us to the top of the bridge I noticed a colourful toy plastic truck on top of one of the rubbish bins. Oh no I thought. It might have belonged to one of those little children. It started me thinking. Had it been a favourite toy of the child who lost it? Would they come back to look for it? Would the child cry for it? I hoped that they would be able to get another toy to replace it. It looked as if it had been played with rather a lot. How sad to see a lost toy I thought. 

Lost Toy

Snapshot Sunday: Wrest Point & Tasman Bridge Hobart

As it is the Australia Day week end I decided to post a few pictures taken in Hobart our capital city. Vanda and I celebrated with a typical Aussie barbecue. We didn’t have anything fancy but we enjoyed our chops, sausages and salads. We forgot to take our bottle of Fronte with us though. Vanda thought I had picked it up and I thought she had it. We had to wait until we got home for a drink so we just had a cuppa instead. It was a warm day but we kept cool under the nice timber shelter sheds built around the barbecues. We didn’t have much trouble with the flies but the ants were there in abundance. We had to watch our plates carefully. It was a lovely way to relax and much better than having to go to work! Here are my photos.