I took a lot of great pictures of the entries in the annual Scarecrow competition at Middleton. For several years in a row, David and I would drive down the Channel Highway, stopping so that I could photograph the scarecrows. This one was from 2013.
These photos were taken in Hobart this morning. I went to town to have lunch with Ally and Matt and to see the first four Sydney Hobart Race yachts which had arrived earlier in the morning.
As it happened there were quite a few interesting motorcycles around the waterfront as well.
This next one I’m not too sure of the make but thought that I heard Matt say it was a Triumph.
I don’t know a lot about bikes but I’m willing to bet this is a Harley Davidson.
Finally, as I walked back towards Murray Street and the bus stop I spotted this Harley Davidson Trike giving rides.
Just for a change from vehicles and machinery, I decided to photograph things around the house with motors.
The first two are a couple of real veterans that I’ve owned for decades.
My Sunbeam hand mixer has just finished its Christmas tour of duty as I made two batches of mince pies. It faltered a little at one point and I thought I was going to lose it but it soldiered on to finish the job. This mixer originally belonged to mum. I got it for her with a voucher I’d won in a competition in 1970 when I was thirteen. When I got married she gave it to me and it’s been with me ever since. That’s nearly 50 years of service. They knew how to make them back then. For the record, I think it cost about $25 at least that’s how much the voucher was for. I can’t remember if we bought anything else with it.
Mum also gave me my Ronson hairdryer. I believe I was 23 when I got it. It hasn’t had such a lot of use as the mixer as I usually prefer to dry my hair naturally now that I wear it short but it still works.
It has seen better days but this small heater/cooler still works and gets a bit of use on chilly evenings keeping my feet warm when I am on the computer. It’s been around since about 2002
The HP printer has no such pedigree. It is probably more than five years old now. I know David and I bought it in Hobart. I don’t remember when. It still works but I don’t print that often.
The last item is my Hoover Dog and Cat vacuum cleaner. I bought this while David was sick in the hospital so I know it is about three years old.
Although I live in the country and I see farm animals pretty often, the chances of taking any nice new ones between now and Christmas are not great. Here are some that I have taken over the past few years instead.
What traditional Christmas decoration is actually a parasitic plant?
Name something about this holiday season (whatever version you may celebrate) that most people like, but you dislike?
Hmm tricky as I like most things about Christmas and the ones I dislike, such as rampant commercialism, most people dislike. In fact, it seems that most people dislike Christmas these days. One thing that I do dislike that many people seem to enjoy is getting drunk at Christmas parties. Mind you that’s not a Christmas thing really. I do enjoy a drink but I don’t get more than a bit light headed. I don’t see the fun in getting blind drunk.
What’s your favorite – or least favorite – song sung traditionally at this time of year?
I like the traditional Carols. One of my favourites has always been “Oh Come All Ye Faithful” but I also love to hear the Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah at this time of year.
And the last one ———> In the song “Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer,” what “incriminating” evidence was found on Grandma’s back?
I don’t actually know this song. I have probably heard it but it’s one of those silly songs that I don’t really pay attention to.
Finally: What would you like to share with the world, if time or cost were no object?
Peace and prosperity and the joy of Christmas that so many people seem to have lost. It makes me sad to hear so many people complaining about how much they hate this time of year.
I have more phone photos today because although I went out with my camera on Friday it turns out that almost everything in Geeveston is made of wood!
So here are some sandstone bricks I photographed in Hobart, many of the old buildings date from the 1820s and the bricks were made with convict labour.
An old headstone in the Catholic cemetery in Geeveston.
The Knitting Lady
I have always quite liked this photo that I took of a lady on the bus one day. She was absorbed in her knitting and although I don’t usually photograph strangers she just looked interesting. I have actually cropped this from a larger photo as I was a few seats away from her.
These days cricketers give many photo ops to fans as selfies are the new autographs. I am shy about approaching them however and in any case I prefer a natural photo to a posed one and I don’t want loads of pictures of me anyway. I took this one at a Hurricanes game in 2017 and although he’s not a favourite player I quite like the shot.
Friends and Family
My friends Gillian and Bruce at the old Sunbury Asylum site.
Two photos from Easter 2010 when David and I had just got a new car and went over to Bruny Island for the day. Like me David did not really like to pose for photos and if he did he usually pulled a silly face so catching him unawares was a better idea.