Photo Thursday – Launceston Post Office

The Launceston Post Office  with it's infamous "noisy" clock. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/8634936/102-year-old-clock-could-be-stopped-in-Tasmania-because-noise-is-driving-tourists-away.html
The Launceston Post Office with its infamous “noisy” clock. http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/australiaandthepacific/australia/8634936/102-year-old-clock-could-be-stopped-in-Tasmania-because-noise-is-driving-tourists-away.html

Photo Thursday – Ricky Ponting- Australian Cricketer

Photo Thursday – Ricky Ponting – Cricketer

Photo Thursday this week celebrates the achievements of former Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting who retired after the 2012-13 season. On Thursday night a tribute match was held in his hometown of Launceston, Tasmania with all proceeds going to the Ponting Foundation which provides money for children with cancer in Tasmania. A host of current and former cricketers and some Hawthorn and North Melbourne footballers played in the two sides captained by Ricky and Adam Gilchrist. It was a very entertaining match and is the reason that Photo Thursday is so late this week.Ricky-poster

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Ricky walks off the field at Aurora Stadium, Launceston

Photo Thursday – Salmon Farming

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Fish Farm in the Huon River estuary, southern Tasmania.

Photo Thursday – Salmon Farming

Today we went for a drive down the Esperance Coast Road. You can see the fish farms from the road but it’s very hard to photograph them because there are few safe places to stop and pull over.

Further Information:

http://www.huonaqua.com.au/

Photo Thursday – And the winner is…..

Overall winner of the Sydney Hobart race on handicap was Victoire. Wild Oats predictably won Line Honours.

Ships mascots on Victoire
Ships mascots on Victoire
The overall race winner of the 2013 Sydney Hobart Race
The overall race winner of the 2013 Sydney Hobart Race

Photo Thursday – Wild Oats XI – Maxi yacht

The Sydney Hobart Yacht Race

Boxing Day means the start of two important sporting events in Australia, the Boxing Day Test  at the MCG and the start of the Sydney Hobart yacht race.  When I lived in Adelaide I used to think it would be interesting to visit Sydney at Christmas and see  the start of the race but for the past 11 years I’ve been fortunate enough to be able to see many of the yachts arrive in Hobart. Every year I try to get into the city so I can visit the waterfront and see the yachts. I’ve not yet been able to be present when the first one arrives but there are yachts arriving right up until New Year’s Eve so there is always something to see.

The most successful yacht in recent years has been Wild Oats XI. Wild Oats, built in 2005 is a maxi yacht and it is hard to believe just how big this type of yacht is. Hobart is a fairly low-rise city, no skyscrapers, so the maxi’s tower above many of the buildings.

Wild Oats XI
Wild Oats XI
Wild Oats 2005
Wild Oats 2005
Wild Oats
Wild Oats