Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter W with at least two vowels in the word.

These W photos are all random ones taken on various road trips and holidays or just here at home in Oatlands.

  • Windmill
  • Warehouse
  • Wicker
  • Windjammer
  • Wolseley
  • Weeping Willow
  • Washing Machines

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.

The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race 2017

The Sydney Hobart yacht race has been run and won again although not without controversy. It was a speedy race this year starting as usual at lunchtime on Boxing Day  with the first yachts reaching Hobart at nightfall of the 27th. In fact I think five yachts arrived inside the record time set by Perpetual Loyal in 2016

As always Line Honours was hotly contested by the big maxi yachts including previous winners Wild Oats XI and  Infotrack   formerly Perpetual Loyal.

The controversy was over an incident between Wild Oats XI and Comanche in Sydney Harbour at the start of the race. I was watching on television when this happened and as Wild Oats XI tacked very close to Comanche the two came very close to colliding. Comanche raised a red protest flag almost at once as they were forced to change course. The race commentators explained that Comanche would have had right of way and that Wild Oats might do what they called penalty turns to avoid being given a penalty later. My understanding of this is that it is similar to where in motor racing if a car gains an advantage by cutting a corner while overtaking they must give the place back to the other car. However, as far as I know Wild Oats XI did not do this and the two big yachts raced each other all the way to the Derwent sometimes one leading and sometimes the other. In the Derwent River as often happens Comanche could not get enough wind and Wild Oats XI sailed past her to reach the finishing line twenty-six minutes ahead of her rival.

The next day there was a three hour hearing and the judges found that Wild Oats XI was at fault in the incident back in Sydney Harbour and gave her a one hour penalty. Of course that meant that Comanche now found herself the Line Honours winner. Guess Wild Oats XI should have done those penalty turns.

The initial provisional result was reversed to give Cooney a first line honours victory with his new boat in a record time of one day, nine hours, 15 minutes and 24 seconds, bettering by 4 hours 15 minutes, 56 seconds the previous benchmark set in 2016.  – http://rolexsydneyhobart.com/news/2017/day-3/ldv-comanche-secures-line-honours-and-the-race-record/

I decided to make my visit to the yachts on Friday as the weather forecast was better and many yachts had arrived by that time, several more arrived while I was there. It is always nice to see them sailing in. They drop their sails after passing the finish line and before entering Constitution Dock they do a lap of honour past the shed at Princes Wharf where they are applauded by the patrons of the Taste of Tasmania before being directed to a berth and handed the traditional slab of beer.

Hartbreaker passing the Taste of Tasmania

I was standing near the families of these guys as they passed by Elizabeth St Pier.

I always follow the same routine at the dock. I walk out on to the temporary pontoons between the lines of yachts. It is usually very crowded and there are a lot of obstacles to taking photos like people with prams, crew members moving luggage or gear,  small children with ice creams, men with cans of beer standing around near their yachts and of course other photographers. The pontoons are quite steady to walk on but I confess that I like to stand near a bollard when taking a picture because I feel more secure that way.

I like to photograph the Line Honours Winner and the overall winner on handicap if it has been decided by the time I get there. This year’s overall winner was Ichi Ban a yacht that I usually try to photograph as part of a group of familiar names that I like to look out  for. Helsal 3 is another of these.

Yachts with unusual names, interesting colour schemes or those from overseas are also ones that I like to photograph. My favourite this year was “Occasional Coarse Language”. Very appropriate on  a racing yacht I imagine.

There was quite a bit of activity on the yachts too. As many had not long arrived there was a lot of unpacking, cleaning and stowing of gear going on so I was able to get some pictures of that too.

After my walk I bought some lunch at one of the food vans set up nearby. I finished up the day by visiting the Taste of Tasmania over on Princes Wharf but I’ll write about that elsewhere.

Oatlands Xmas Pageant

Wow it has been such a busy time with work and shopping for Xmas presents and stuff. The days have flown by and they hasn’t been a lot of time for posting photographs. I had taken some pictures but haven’t posted a thing in ages. Well Friday the 15th of December was pageant night here in Oatlands so I decided to find a good spot on the High Street where I could take some pictures of the parade. We have a really excellent group of floats. After the parade they assemble in the park and prizes are given out for the best ones. There is also a free sausage sizzle and there are always loads of lollies thrown from the floats. I collected a lot myself as various characters spotted me, ran towards me and thrust lollies into my spare hand. It was a fun night and I managed to get a few photos. Some of the floats were from businesses here in Oatlands while others were definitely not from Oatlands. You can probably guess which are which. The Roxy Supermarket started out with a heap of balloons but it was really windy and they lost most of them before the end of the parade. Anyway here are some of the photos I took.

 

 

 

Christmas in Rosehaven; I mean Geeveston

There was not a TV camera or celebrity in sight at the Geeveston Christmas Parade but I can’t help thinking the residents of television’s Rosehaven would have a rather similar Christmas event.

Our annual Christmas Pageant is put on by the local volunteer fire brigade and participated in by most of the community. Half the town seems to be in the parade and the other half watches it. We were lucky this year that after a windy afternoon the weather settled down and the threatening clouds did not produce more than a few spots of rain.

I helped to decorate the Op Shop float but did not take up the invitation to ride on it because I wanted to take photos. Here are some of my favourites from before the parade and during it.

Everyone piles on for a test run round the car park.

Young Braden volunteers to be Santa for the second year.

Santa on a truck

The volunteer fire brigade cadets.

Canton of Lightwood.

Sam the Fireman and friend.

The local childcare centre with another driver with doubtful vision.

I don’t think that Dora knew where she was going.

Reindeer float

Our float was near the end of the parade.

The Op Shop volunteers.

Kids on the Op Shop float.

Santa arrives by buggy.

Usually the parade ends at Heritage Park but there is construction work going on there at present as we are getting a new toilet block and playground. Also we have often been rained out so the firies wisely decided to end back at the fire station where there was a sausage sizzle, ice cream and Christmas Carols.

Sausages and Hamburgers at the fire station.

We were entertained with Christmas Carols.

I met quite a lot of people I knew during the course of the evening. It made me reflect that when David and I came to Geeveston fifteen years ago we did not know anyone at all. Now I feel very much part of the community and as this will most likely be the last Christmas I’ll spend in Geeveston I made sure that I took plenty of photos.

Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: Gates and Fences.

Gates and Fences

I had to dig deep into my archives again because the weather here is strictly for ducks only. I did not put a big toe past my front door today and the dogs not one little furry paw. They stayed curled up in their baskets instead. I longed to jump in the car and go to one of the other near or far towns for a walk and to take some new photos but it was not to be. With the bad weather and the Xmas Toy Run on it would have been very hard. Instead I have put together a mish mash of different photos of gates and fencing for this photo challenge. Some have been shown before but there are a few different ones. I hope no one finds this boring with the reruns.

 

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