RDP Tuesday: Rain

It’s Raining Again

Whether we have it or we don’t have it rain plays an enormous part in our daily lives.  We can’t live without it but too much of it at one time can cause havoc and not enough of it is devastating.

One of the things that attracted me to the Huon Valley is how green it is. I’d spent most of my life in South Australia, the driest state and the rivers and lakes, green grass and flowers here appealed to me. It does seem to rain more here than some other parts of the state. Naomi says that it always rains when she comes to visit me. She was here Saturday and it was dry until about 5pm and then as she started to think about going home down came the rain.

The view of the Huon River from halfway up Percy St, Port Huon

Not enough rain at the right time of year can be bad for farmers crops but unseasonal rain and hail in summer can ruin the cherry crop and growers lose a lot of money because damaged cherries are no good for export.

At times there are areas that are very prone to flooding. Launceston often suffers from floods in winter but the city has put in levees that they hope will protect the city from the worst of them. We had bad flooding in the north a couple of winters ago when several rivers rose dangerously high.

Huon River in flood at Huonville. photo from ABC news.

The Huon River sometimes floods in winter, usually, it is not too bad in Huonville, just water over the road in a couple of places. Two or three times since I’ve been here I’ve seen water in the main street and a couple of businesses have been affected but a couple of years ago there was a situation created by high tides in the estuary, melting snow and a lot of rain and there was a much worse flood. Homes were evacuated, businesses were flooded and livestock lost.

Tasmania isn’t always wet though, people don’t realise it but Hobart is the driest state capital after Adelaide and we have had serious droughts in Tasmania, especially in the eastern part of the state. The area where Naomi lives in the centre of the state is farming country and she often told me how distressed the local farmers were when they had to destroy sheep or sell them for very little because the land would not support them. Lake Dulverton at Oatlands where she lives dried up completely during a particularly bad drought.

This is the lake at the height of the drought.
image fisherman
Fisherman December 2009

I am fortunate enough that my house is connected to the town water supply but I have friends who rely on rainwater tanks and when the rain doesn’t come they have to buy water.

Mostly I don’t mind when it rains. Of course, it is a nuisance at times, at the Op Shop for example when it is too wet for us to put anything outside the shop and the bad weather keeps customers away. Or when I go to the cricket and the match is rained out.  On the other hand, rain is nice to cool everything down after a hot day and I like the sound of rain on a metal roof. Without rain, there would be no rainbows.

Rainbow in a dark sky.

References:

https://thenewdaily.com.au/weather/2013/11/21/australian-weather-myths-tested-city-fare/

https://www.themercury.com.au/news/tasmania/huon-river-flood/image-gallery/1a34c091785188721f27c875ecc18d85

All The Fun Of The Fair: The Huon Show 2018

I haven’t been able to visit the Huon Show for several years and this year I really wanted to go. I was considering catching the bus to Ranelagh where the show is held when Ally called me and said that she and Matt wanted to go too. Could they come and stay with me on Friday night? Of course, I said yes. Saturday morning came and the weather was bright.  We set off early to be sure of getting a park close to the Showgrounds. Ranelagh is just outside of Huonville so we were there in less than half an hour.

Alpaca at the Huon Show
I love Alpacas.

We all wanted to see the animals more than anything else and we spotted the Alpaca enclosure as soon as we came through the gate. There are several breeders in the area and some others had come from other parts of the state to show off their animals.

Kids and calves

I also particularly wanted to see the cows this year. The reason for that is that I have been reading about the issue of de-horning cows in “Chronicles of an Anglo Swiss”  this week. The Swiss are having a vote on whether this practice should be continued. I do see the odd cow near my house but I wanted to see if the practice was widespread in Tasmania. Well, I saw several breeds of cows, Jerseys, Herefords, Friesian etc and nary a horn between the lot of them I’m afraid. I decided to look it up and found in the RSPCA knowledge base a document that says that it is legal to de-horn cattle in every state and territory in Australia.

This has to be the largest cow I’ve ever seen.

https://kb.rspca.org.au/is-dehorning-of-cattle-legal_274.html

https://www.ava.com.au/policy/84-dehorning-cattle

There are some guidelines about what age and how this should be done and apparently it is recommended that a procedure called disbudding be used instead.  Disbudding is the removal of horns before they attach to the skull but I wish it wasn’t done at all. At least the Swiss cows get a referendum to support their cause.

Popular with the children.

We went to see the dog judging. It’s a small dog show compared to a city show but it’s always fun to see the dogs. I find dog show people are a breed of their own too.

Golden Retrievers in the judging ring.
Bedlington Terrier. I had to look this up.
A group of dogs with their owners.

On the main arena, the Tasmanian Light Horse Society was giving a demonstration of riding and training exercises that the troops would have done. Of course, we stopped to watch this for a while and to look at the Draught Horses in their pens nearby. There was some show jumping too but I had not brought my long lens so I could not photograph that well.

A riding demonstration in WWI uniform.
Two of the horses in the riding demonstration.
Meeting the horses
Draught Horse
The Draught horses were popular with the crowds too.

We saw goats and poultry but missed the sheep who were penned in an area of deep shade. Good for the sheep as it was warm but not very interesting to photograph.

When I saw this guy I just thought of ZZ Top
Feeding goat.
This bird was a prize winner and I think she knew it.
Wyandotte, an American breed.
I am not sure if this is another Wyandotte. They come in different colours

There was wood chopping, which I forgot to photograph and wood carving with a chainsaw. There were carnival rides, sideshows, and Showbags.  There were vintage machinery and farm equipment, handicrafts and afternoon teas.

To finish off here are a few more photos. WordPress is not letting me do galleries today or it could be this computer because I can usually do them on the laptop. The computer is seven years old so I forgive it.

Working on a carving.
Chainsaw carving of a wombat.
A Seahorse carved with a chainsaw.
Another restored vehicle from the vintage machinery club.
Not sure what this if for but it makes a lot of noise.
The Laughing Clowns game.
Lucky tickets at the sideshows.
A carnival worker
Lethal Weapon Ride
Energy Storm ride
I think the recorded voice in these things is the same one I remember from my teens.

 

Snapshot Sunday: The Old Church

This old church was the former Sacred Heart Catholic church at Ranelagh. When I took my original pictures of it I was making a series of photos of local churches, especially the wooden ones because many of them were falling into disuse. The day I took this one the weather was really threatening and I liked the effect very much.

Eventually a brand new church was built next to this one to replace it and the old church at Franklin. This little building sat empty for a while but one day I went by on the bus and it was gone. I believe that someone bought it and had it transported to another location but that is all I know.

I’ve had fun trying different effects with the photo for various blogging challenges and today I did the last one in Adobe Photo Elements 2018 just for fun.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Barns or Any Dilapidated Buildings

Dilapidated or Picturesque?

As an area that once had many more farms and orchards than it does now the Huon Valley has its share of abandoned sheds in various states of disrepair. As photo subjects I rather like them.

Not the worst I’ve seen but this old shed could at least use a new roof.
There are plenty of old timber sheds around the Huon Valley. This one definitely has a lean.
Dilapidated shed, Channel Highway near Cygnet. Spotted from the car while out for a drive. Not sure what is keeping it up.

And finally my own dear departed rustic shed, demolished a couple of years ago to make way for the pergola.

Snapshot Sunday: Cloudy Day on the Huon River

A cloudy day on the Huon River at Franklin.

Today, for my birthday treat we sailed on Yukon, a restored wooden fishing vessel. Originally from Denmark it is now based in Franklin. The weather was kind to us and although rain was threatened it stayed dry until after our trip.

Rosehaven in Geeveston

After their stint in Oatlands last week the “Rosehaven” crew arrived in Geeveston for a day of filming. The weather was terrible when they were here last year but this time although it was below freezing when they started filming at 6:30am it was nice and sunny by the time that I arrived at 11:15 am. As it had been such a frosty morning the pavement was still wet and with the bright sunlight it was quite glary making it tricky to take photos looking down the street. I decided after watching for a bit that I would do better at the other end of the street. The shops were all open but there were security people keeping pedestrians off the set and occasionally stopping cars for a few minutes during takes. I was a bit wary about walking up the street but I had an errand at the post office and then made my way to the other end of the street. As I was there I dropped into Makers on Church Street to visit my friend Nicola who has a business there. I’ll show you Nicola’s work another day.

While Nicola and I were chatting outside the shop the film crew started getting ready to shoot just outside Makers so we had to go back inside so we would not be in the scene. I ended up inside Makers for quite some time while the crew filmed the two stars Celia Pacquola and Luke McGregor walking down the street talking.  Inside the shop was not the best spot to take photos due to the decorations in the window so I have a few new subjects for Bad Photo Monday from that lot. When the crew broke for lunch I went off to get my own and visit with some other Geeveston friends.

I had hoped to get more pictures at the second location after lunch but when I went by that location they were not there yet so I went back to get a couple more shots in Church Street. They moved to the second location a bit after 2:30pm but I decided not to follow them there as I had a half hour walk home and my second battery was getting a bit low. I did manage to get a half decent picture of both of the stars while I was there after doing a bit of post photo editing at home.

So here is my day in Rosehaven.

Filming in Church St, Geeveston
Filming in Church St
Our visitor centre in disguise.
This is normally the entrance to the Visitor Centre in the former Town Hall.

 

Celia Pacquola between takes.

 

The 24 Hour Butcher was a gag from last season. Personally I think that “We meat your needs.” would have been a better logo.

 

The butcher shop sign is real, the window sign is for the TV show.
The Cameraman is a picture of concentration as he is wheeled along.

 

Luke McGregor after a take.

 

Celia Pacquola after a take.
Some of the crew outside the post office.
Luke McGregor is unhooked from his microphone after the scene was finished.

I was fairly pleased with the photos of the actors as apart from the first one of Celia Pacquola they were taken either through the window at Makers on Church Street or with my 300mm zoom lens from down the street and edited afterwards with Picasa. The first photo is my favourite though as I took it as she was walking towards me during a break in filming. She said hello to me and I said something trivial about the weather. I’m not used to talking to celebs. I thought she seemed nice and friendly though as were the crew when dealing with the public.

I think that they were filming scenes for more than one episode today as Celia Pacquola seems to be wearing two different outfits here. I’ll look forward to seeing them later in the year.

Rosehaven Links

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3378435/

http://www.imdb.com/name/nm3749163/?ref_=nv_sr_1

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5226698/

https://gobehindthescenery.com.au/insiders-guide/welcome-rosehaven/#.WWR4eoSGOUk