RDP: Snow

Snow Days

People are often surprised to learn that it snows in Australia. It’s not like the snowfalls you get in Europe or the USA but parts of Australia get snow in winter. We even have ski resorts in the mountainous parts of NSW and Victoria.

As I am from England I saw snow as a child but then we moved to South Australia where once in a blue moon there might be a little snow on top of Mt Lofty (727 metres above sea level) On these occasions it would make the news and anyone who was able would rush up to the summit to see it before it melted. You had to be quick!

Consequently, David grew up never having seen snow. Then we went overseas. His first experience of snow was in Siberia.

David in Irkutsk, Siberia
Wooden house near Lake Baikal, Siberia 1990

Here in Tasmania, the most southerly state in Australia, it snows a little more often than it did in South Australia but rarely enough for me to still get excited about it.

People who have lived here all their lives tell me that winters used to be colder here and that once Mount Wellington (1,271 metres above sea level) had a covering of snow it would remain that way for several weeks but now the snow may only last a few days. I’m blaming climate change.

Snow is most likely to fall in Tasmania between June and October. The first few years we were here it tended to be more towards September-October but the last few big falls we’ve had have been in June or July. Oatlands, where Naomi lives, gets a bit of snow in winter. I remember the first time I was there house sitting for her in July 2008 and it started to snow heavily one day. It was about minus three degrees outside but I was so excited that I put a pair of track pants over my jeans, an extra pair of socks and gloves and went out to take photos in the middle of the snowstorm.

Snow in Oatlands

I saw one other lunatic out doing the same thing. The next day the snow was still on the ground so I managed to get a few more photos but by mid-morning it was all gone.

As Geeveston is 60km south of Hobart it’s not unusual for the hills around the area to get snow in winter although it doesn’t usually last long here either unless it is very cold. A few of my friends who live on properties out of town get snow in their gardens. However, I’ve only had snow in my garden two or three times in nearly 17 years of living here which is somewhat disappointing to me.  Last year a friend took me out to see the snow just outside the town which was fun.

View from the front porch. 2015

I probably would not like it if we had so much snow that we had to shovel our way out. It would make getting around for me harder than it already is but it is pretty to see once in a while.

Snow in Geeveston 2017

Share Your World: 20 May 2019

Some Silly Questions:

Is it better to suspect something (bad or hurtful) and not know or to have your worst fears confirmed by sure knowledge?

Sometimes one and sometimes the other.  I can be a bit of an ostrich and sometimes prefer not to know things that seem scary to me. It’s probably better to know and take steps to deal with a problem but if for example, someone doesn’t like me, do I really need to know that?

What makes you laugh aloud?   Crack up?   Laugh until your sides split?   When was the last time you had a great big belly laugh?

Never ask me “when was the last time you did so and so” because unless it was in the last week or so I probably won’t remember. Naomi and I often have conversations where we both end up laughing out loud over some silly thing, don’t ask for examples, I can’t think of any.

I also find there are some books that make me laugh out loud. That tends to make people look at you funny if you are on the bus. Whenever I read Gerald Durrell’s “The Picnic” or “My Family and Other Animals” I always laugh out loud. Emily Kimbrough’s travel stories usually have the same effect.

Do you suppose Noah had woodpeckers in the ark?  If he did, where did he keep them?   Apologies to the Darwinians in the crowd…this is merely for fun, okay?

Well, if he was taking two of every kind of creature he had to didn’t he? And there are still woodpeckers.  I guess he had an onboard aviary as you would not want all those birds flying around pooping on everyone. Did they have wire in Noah’s day? Could two woodpeckers do major damage to a sturdily built ark in 40 days and 40 nights? Maybe God just told the woodpeckers to be good. (I believe in evolution but I like the story of Noah’s Ark even though it’s totally impractical.)

Why is “Charlie” short for “Charles when they are the same number of letters?

In this case when people say “short for” I think they really mean that it is an informal term for the name Charles. Chas would be short for Charles I guess.

Thankful, Joyful, Grateful

What happened in your world this past week that made you feel thankful, joyful or grateful?

It was my birthday yesterday and I received a few cards, yes some people still send them, and good wishes from friends and family.  I was grateful they remembered. We had a nice sunny day on Saturday for our big sale at the Op Shop which I was thankful for as I was working outside. It was a really pleasant day until I got home and turned on the TV for the election results. I haven’t felt joyful since.

Some of the things we were selling.
Some things we had for sale.

Share Your World: 13 May 2019

Questions:

What social stigma does society need to get over already?

There are plenty but I’m going to say poverty. There are many people who are poor through no fault of their own and people need to stop judging them without knowing their circumstances.

What was the last photo you took?

I took a batch of photos of dolls I was fixing up to go back to the Op Shop. This was the last one of the batch.

The last photo I took

 When was the last time you snooped and found something or found out something you wish you hadn’t?

So long ago that I don’t remember what it was. I don’t look at other people’s phones or read their mail and I try not to overhear conversations that were not meant for my ears. If people are saying bad things about me I don’t need to hear it.

What’s the most comfortable bed or chair you’ve ever slept in?

The last bed David and I bought was to replace an ageing queen sized bed. That one was very comfortable but he had broken the wooden frame three times and frankly, I had got tired of mending it.  I also got tired of trying to sleep in the 30 centimetres or so left when he was fully spread out. I know it was 30 centimetres because one night I measured it.

So I convinced him we needed a larger bed. We bought a king sized bed with a pillow top mattress and it was so comfortable. I was sorry to let it go but it made no sense to me to keep it after he died. It was just too big for me alone. I sold it to some friends and they loved it.

King sized bed.

 

Can being grateful change Your World?

Yes, I believe so. Being grateful puts things in perspective and reminds me that no matter what is going on in my life there are good things in it. If I only focused on the negative things I would be unhappy a lot more often.

One of my second to last batch of photos.

 

Share Your World: 6 May 2019

Sharing My World This Week

I’m late to the party this week.  Yesterday I went to Hobart and because of that didn’t spend my Tuesday morning working on these questions. Still better late than never right?

  1. Do you believe in soul mates? If so, do you think there is only one person meant to share that bond with you, out there in the world?  (credit to Cyranny of Cyranny’s Cove)

I really don’t know how to answer this. It’s wonderful to have someone in your life that you feel such a bond with but rather sad to think that if you lost that person you would never have another relationship like that. Some people could be lucky to find such a person twice.

  1. Ice cream cone, shake or other ice cream concoction?

Ice cream is good whether it is a cone/cornet, sundae, thick shake or in a dish at home. My very favourite type which I try to treat myself to at least once every summer is a Viking Cone which is locally made Valhalla ice cream and fresh fruit, either raspberries, strawberries or blueberries or for the chocolate lovers Rocky Road or the Zappa Jaffa, chocolate and orange. My favourites are the fruit ones though. The best time for me to get one is usually during the week between Christmas and New Year when there is always a stall at the Taste of Tasmania and a van somewhere on the waterfront but you can get one any Saturday at Salamanca Market. They are not cheap but soooo worth it.

Valhalla ice cream.

 

  1. What would be the hat to end all hats? What could you wear on your head that would make people stop what they are doing and stare in awe and amazement?

I’m not a great one for hats, I wear one when I go to the cricket or somewhere else where I know I will be out in the sun all day but I don’t really like “Hat Hair”. I remember mum and I having fun when department stores still had a hat department in the 1970s. We would go and look at the hats and try them on but rarely buy. This may be why we no longer have hat departments in our stores. Too many customers laughing at the hats.

The other place to wear an outrageous hat would be at the Melbourne Cup where it is a bit of a tradition but I no longer follow horse racing. It’s a cruel industry.

The Final Three - 2013 Myer Fashions on the Field (10705855674)

  1. What would be the worst “buy one get one free” sale of all time?

I’d be here all day trying to think of the very worst ever but I think those red baseball caps that say “Make (insert name of country) Great Again would be on the list. Or for Aussie readers, red budgie smugglers as worn by a certain ex-PM are also pretty gross.

Gratitude

Bonus Question.   Please share a moment of gratitude that you experienced during the past week. 

Last week my “garden guys” Jason and Brodie told me that they were selling part of their business and would no longer be coming to Geeveston. They have been doing the garden for six years and I am sorry to see them go and grateful for all they have done for me.  Not only did they transform my garden into a place I really enjoy spending time but they have always been willing to help out with other things, moving a heavy piece of furniture, changing a lightbulb that I can’t reach and even capturing birds that had flown down the chimney or into the house on a couple of occasions.  You don’t get service like that everywhere. Here you can see some of the major jobs they did over the past five years.

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A Photo A Week Challenge: Three of a Kind

Third Time Lucky

This week’s Photo A Week Challenge again uses the number three, this time three photos of the same object from three different angles. I headed out into the back yard on a cloudy Saturday afternoon to see what I could come up with.  I had a couple (or three) ideas and in the end, decided to share them all.

I had been meaning to take a photo of my potted marigolds and lobelia as the colours are so pretty together.

I also found a different way of looking at my beloved apple tree.

Finally, I took some of Cindy. What are the chances of getting your dog to sit still for three photos? Especially as I had to walk past her for the last one. Usually, she gets up and follows me when I move.

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Eyes

The Eyes Have It

Doll whose eyes have turned pink!

This is my Baby Born doll, like a lot of dolls from the 1990s that have acrylic eyes they have discoloured over time.  It’s a fault in this type of eye. Still on the subject of eyes. Here is a teddy who needed a new one.

A piece of artwork at a local metal recycling yard.

Artwork by Jake Seven
The eye of a pigeon.

Share Your World: 29 April 2019

QUESTIONS:

If you could interview anyone from your life living or dead, but not a celebrity, who would it be and why?
I know some very interesting people whose stories I love listening to. Some local friends who are a few years older than me. They all have stories to tell about the different jobs they have done, places they have been to and the people they’ve met. I’d also nominate my mum who used to tell us lots of stories about living in Egypt and India when she was a girl, about life in England during WWII and all sorts of other things that I never tired of hearing about.

Mum with her family, I think this was around 1925 or thereabouts. Mum is the curly haired one in the middle.

As a child, did you have a nickname?  Did you carry that with you throughout life or was it only in childhood that you used it? 
No, I didn’t have a nickname. Some kids who had not heard my unusual name before found it amusing to call me Verandah but I didn’t share their amusement and it didn’t last past the fourth grade as far as I recall.

Give us three words that describe you: 
Stubborn, Introverted, Independent

 Sneaking into a second movie at the theatre (if you go to a movie house)?  Is that wrong or just harmless ‘fun’? 
I don’t even know how you do that but it sounds dishonest.

 If you had a time machine would you go back to the past or forward into the future?  Why? 
I already went back. See?

Me in Scarborough, England 1990

April Gratitude:

I’m grateful for having ten days off from the Op Shop over Easter and ANZAC day to recharge my batteries.