Posts Tagged With: Tasmania

Can you spare a dime…

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This is winter in Hobart, Tasmania. It was cold and wet but at the Salamanca Markets these 3 buskers played jolly Irish jingles. The sound in complete contrast to what their body language was saying.

I think they were hoping someone could “spare a dime” as the Americans would say, or make a donation, or show some appreciation.

 The violin case lay hopefully open. Then this Mum and child walked by…

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Thank you…


Krista asks us this week, get inspired by the many connotations of the word “spare.”

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Bench Series : November

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 This bench is in the Tasmanian Botanic Gardens were I sat and enjoyed the pleasure of autumn leaves in 2013 and looked out across the Derwent river.


For the month of November Jude is looking for a bench with either a message OR an Autumnal theme

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Bench Series : October

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I love autumn but in my home town of Gold Coast I miss all the glory of the changing seasons, it is sub tropical here so do not have deciduous trees. So in 2013 we house sat in Hobart, Tasmania for 8 weeks during autumn/winter. I revelled in the colour. One of the highlights was taking the hop-on hop-off bus around the highlights of historic Hobart. (You may like to come with me for a ride, click this link)

Because it is autumn in the northern hemisphere and I am enjoying the autumn leaves through the many photos of my blogging buddies I have decided to add this photo of autumn in Hobart and the red bus driver waiting for his passengers.


Jude of Travel Words is hosting a popular “bench series”. Pop over to see all the different benches from around the world. You may like to join in.

For the month of October Jude is looking for a bench with someone or something sitting on it.

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Bench Series : July, unusual detail.

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This bench stopped me in my tracks when I saw it outside a pub in Richmond, Tasmania’s premier historic town that dates from the mid 1800’s. (click here for a walk back through history with me.)

Can you see what it is?

This bath-seat brought back memories of our garden in New Zealand because Jack converted an old bath, cutting out the front shape, with great difficulty, by hand. It sat under a plum tree in our cottage style garden surrounded by roses. Sadly, we had to leave it behind when we came to Australia. I did not think I would ever see another one as then we thought it was a unique design.

This month Jude would like us to show her benches with unusual detail.

(Jude says, this month I want to see photos of a bench which is different to the norm. It may be the shape, style, length, height, colour, material or even location that attracts your attention)

I think this one qualifies….

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Doors

These delightful and varied doors in Oatlands, a village in Tasmania, that boasted over 90 heritage buildings, including 3 historic churches and a faithfully restored and fully operating windmill. To see more of the buildings go here.

For this week’s challenge, Cheri asks us to publish a new post with a photo of a door (or multiple doors!). Consider how color affects the image, but also think about size, shape, texture, and details — how might these elements add up to tell a story?

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At the end of the rainbow : Weekly Photo Challenge

 “Roy G. Biv” is an acronym made of the first letters of the seven colors of the rainbow, to help you remember: Red. Orange. Yellow. Green. Blue. Indigo. Violet. It’s also your photo challenge theme for this week!

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A magical day discovering the tiny township of Huonville. Set low in the beautiful Huon Valley, Huonville is wrapped in scenery and close to some of Tasmania’s most amazing natural places. To add to the magic this rainbow followed us around all day and appeared in nearly all the photos we took.

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Bench Series : February Black & White #3

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A small Tasmanian village of Campbell Town has a population of approx 800 of which the largest proportion would be retirees. We increased that number by 2 when we stopped to wander along the heritage walk. There are an abundance of colonial buildings that have been well-preserved, among them these 2 churches.

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We were pleased to find these benches in a handy place to sit for a rest.


Click here and join Jude in her weekly search around the world for benches

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Travel Theme : Autumn

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Reflections of Autumn


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Golden glow of Autumn


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Autumn in Tasmania


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The many shades of Autumn

It is now almost summer in my part of the world and Autumn is just a memory. But Autumn in all it’s glory does not happen here in tropical Queensland, just a gradual, slight cooling of the temperature as the seasons turn. Most of the trees are evergreens and many trees over here lose their bark and not their leaves

My memories of a perfect Autumn take me back to 2013 when we spent 3 glorious Autumn months in Tasmania and these photos are just a few of the hundreds I took.

The Autumn leaves will be falling all over blogdom for this theme, go over to “Where’s my backpack” to catch the falling leaves.

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Weekly Photo Challenge : Street Life

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Buskers are a part of street life. They give a vibe and a happy atmosphere to any area they perform in.

Last Autumn we were in Hobart, Tasmania. Most days the weather was perfect, (see more posts here) but the day we chose to go to Salamanca Markets (see that post here) it rained. It hadn’t put people off, the markets were crowded. They are known as the biggest and best in Australia.

I was drawn toward the cheerful drone of the bagpipes and the beat of the drum.

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The rain did not stop them.

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How cold and wet they look, but the Irish jig music they were playing was a cheerful sound.

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I’m sure they appreciated this little girl’s donation.

Street life can be interpreted in many ways, go to Word Press to see hundreds of  street life scenes from around the world
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Time out for art : Week 4

This week Lisa from “Zeebra Designs & Destinations” has discussed concentration in relation to art. I agree, to try to reproduce, as a pencil sketch, or any other medium, what you are looking at needs intense concentration. I have realised this over the past few weeks that I have joined Lisa’s “Time out for art” group.

(click on this link to see more examples from artists taking part in this project)

This week winter arrived. The skies are grey, the wind is chilly and at last the long-awaited rain arrived to soak the gardens and give the plants the reviving moisture they need.

Not weather for drawing outside, so looking around I decided to stay indoors, in comfort, to sketch the lounge chairs.

Not easy, they had many different angles and the perspective was a challenge. It required great concentration and almost 2 hours to complete. That is Tessa curled up on the chair. I must admit she looks like a hedgehog the way I have drawn her. I took a photo after I finished the drawing to compare the results and have a record for future reference.

Sketch of the lounge chairs

Sketch of the lounge chairs

Photo taken after I finished the drawing. Tessa looked up for the photo

Photo taken after I finished the drawing. Tessa looked up for the photo


I have put them in side by side to be able to compare the art with the photo taken after I had finished the drawing.

What  do I mean by concentration?

I mean focusing totally on the business at hand

and  commanding your body to do exactly what you want it to do.

Arnold  Palmer 

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