It’s Raining Again

It has rained every day this week and the next few days are looking no better. There has been no opportunity to go anywhere except to the Op Shop and yesterday out for a meal with friends. As I’m having trouble thinking about what to write about I thought it would be interesting to go back to June 2013 and see what I was writing about back then. What do you know? I was writing about the weather. I had just started joining in with the Daily Prompt and this one was about rain. It is interesting to look back considering that since I wrote this we’ve had drought conditions again and the terrible bushfires last summer.

Singing In The Rain

When I think of these words I immediately think of the famous scene in the movie of the same name where Gene Kelly dances in the pouring rain. It’s a catchy song but I have to say that on the few occasions I’ve been caught in a rainstorm and soaked to the skin I did not feel in the least like singing and dancing. Squelching along with sodden shoes and wet clothes sticking to you is no fun, especially if you know you have an hour long bus ride home to endure before you can get out of them. I can remember two or three occasions when it has happened to me and most of them seem to involve rained out sporting events.

However, I do enjoy listening to the rain when I’m snug and cosy at home.  It feels good to be in a warm room or a warm bed listening to the rain thundering on the galvanised iron roof.

“It’s really coming down out there.” David and I used to say to each other.

“I’m glad we’re not out in it.”

Of course, there is more than just being grateful for our good fortune in having a roof over our heads.  After a hot dry summer, it is wonderful to see how everything turns green again after a good rain.

Many people think that it rains all the time in Tasmania and parts of it are quite wet at times, but Hobart itself is the second driest capital city in Australia. Adelaide, where we used to live,  is the driest.

image topiary group by dry lake.
Lakeside Topiary group, July 2008
image topiary group by lake.
Topiary Group December 2009

There were drought conditions here for some years in the mid-2000s and the Midlands and east coast of Tasmania really suffered. Farmers had to put stock down because there was no feed. Lake Dulverton at Oatlands dried up completely. I was told that years ago they used to have sailing and even speed boat racing on Lake Dulverton, I have walked around the lake and seen the remains of moorings. There was even a sailing club and the building is still there. That year the lake itself reminded me of the cover of the Midnight Oil album “Red Sails In The Sunset” which showed Sydney Harbour with no water.

It would have made a great dirt bike track at that time.

image dry lake & sign
What Water?

Finally, there came a wet winter, it rained and rained. Gradually the lake filled and finally, in spring of 2009 it was full for the first time in many years. I remember visiting the lake around this time and seeing people rowing and fishing on the lake. That did make me feel like singing.

So even though I curse it when I get caught in it or when David used to spatter the washing with mud with his car or I fell over in the garden I really do love the rain because it brings new life.

image fisherman
Fisherman December 2009

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

Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Birds

Birds of a Feather

This week has been a rotten one for taking photos. The birds in my garden have been uncooperative and although my phone may be smart I am not. At least not where it is concerned and it took me all my time to take photos for the Fun Foto Challenge this week . In my files I had some photos of birds I had taken at Lake Dulverton in Oatlands some years ago. This is the spot where Naomi walks her dogs. I am still trialling Adobe Photo Shop Elements so I had a play with it to make these.

 

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Letter O- Needs to have the letter O anywhere in the word.

Oatlands

I thought about what to do for this letter and decided that things like books and spoons were way too boring. I didn’t want one with household goods since we just did kitchens and many of my posts have been on stuff around the house. Ok so I hooked up the dogs on their leads and told them we were off to take pictures of stuff on the High Street with the letter O in them. I decided to go with a theme of buildings for this post so I’ve done a bit of a slide show of our main street. I could have gone on for ages with these today.

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My O words are

  • Council Offices
  • Post Office
  • Hospital
  • School
  • Hotel
  • Commonwealth
  • Cookies & Roadhouse
  • Boot Repairs / Boot Makers
  • Accommodation
  • History Rooms
  • Cottages
  • Op Shop / Now Open
  • Construction Site
  • Old Gaol
  • Football Ground
  • College

Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge:Tombstones & Cemeteries

Here are some photos from local cemeteries around Oatlands. We have five in total and they are in the dead end of town.

Rosehaven update 2 from Oatlands

Late Wednesday afternoon I braved the elements and went back to the Rosehaven set because they were doing a bit of exterior filming. This was cars arriving and then leaving the real estate office. I could not witness this close up as I had to stay on the other side of the road near the film crew but I did get a few more photos. It was very cold and windy but I stuck it out until they did at half past five. It was very dark by then and I must say I was in need of my heater and a hot cup of tea. Members of the crew I spoke to were happy to “Wrap things up” as they said. One of them told me they would be returning to Oatlands in about a month’s time. Meanwhile here are a few more photos I took. I didn’t get very many because it was rapidly getting dark.

C T Fish building as real estate office
C T Fish building done up as real estate office in Rosehaven. They were completing the interior filming
Real Estate office Rosehaven
The crew are getting ready for outdoor scenes of cars coming and going.
The film crew
This is a shot of the film crew. The man in black was in charge. They are set up on the lawns of the college. The large building seen in the background is the town hall.
Close up of the film crew
Film crew with one of the cameras
Cameraman
One of the cameramen. Sorry about this photo being grainy. I accidently bumped the picture selection off of auto.
Outside and one of the cars
Close up of window
Here is a close up of the shop window. Everything was very realistic
shop windows
Another shot of the windows. I was wondering about the advertised homes. How did they arrange to get this pictures?
Inside the office
This is a shot of inside. It’s not very good but it was quite difficult to get any good pictures because of the adverts on the windows, screening and timing.
A night shot of the office
Here is one last shot after they finished for the day. They are putting the last of their equipment away.

Rosehaven update from Oatlands

Hello everyone. This morning filming started at number 70 High Street. This shop is being used as the real estate agents in the Rosehaven series. I went out early to see if I could take any photos. They are filming indoors today. There are big screens wrapped around the buildings so you can’t see inside. I was told I might be able to get some shots through the windows on Thursday so I will try to do that. This morning I had to make do with the exteriors of the building. There were a couple of the usual guys in orange jackets making sure pedestrians watched their step and didn’t get in the way of anything. They were nice young guys and happy to chat but couldn’t tell me a great deal of what was happening. There is some information if the brochure I posted the other day however. They were happy for me to take my photos and Toby and Teddy got a fuss made over them. I thought I would share what I did get this morning.

Rosehaven outside the set.
This is the shop set up for filming today.
Rosehaven set
Taken from across the street.
Rosehaven set from north side of High Street
Norhern side of the shop.
Rosehaven rubbish bin
This rubbish bin is part of the set.
Rosehaven outside the set 2
Gear set up for lighting

 

Rosehaven real estate sign
Real Estate signage

 

 

Rosehaven bench
This bench is one of two being used in the street scenes

 

Rosehaven sign
I liked this sign.

 

Rosehaven crew's camp on Gay Street Oatlands
Crew’s Area in Gay Street Oatlands