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September 2019



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I took these on Saturday morning, after another heavy snowfall on the mountain, so it was very cold outside, even though the sun was shining.DSCN0554



I've always loved looking at power lines, imagining stories about where they lead and what will be there, and what they might hear and see and transport... we don't have power lines in towns and villages any more, only the huge overland lines, and they don't evoke that feeling.

Tasmania has always been 50 years behind the times, and we probably don't have the population to justify the expense of replacing the power lines in this older suburb. Where we lived before, on the outskirts of the city we had those larger power transmitters, but it was an area zoned rural.
I never really thought about it, but the amount of population is doubtlessly a reason. I live in a small, densely-populated country and in an area which is rural on the one side, but the kind of densely-populated rural... we are lucky to have (small) forests and many fields in between the villages which belong to the central cities, but you're hard-pressed to find any uncultivated land/landscape/forest around for hundreds of kilometers.
I live in Tasmania which is a smallish island about 120 miles long. 40% of the south west area of the island is a world heritage park of unspoilt wilderness. The towns and cities are mostly on the seaboard, and inland is mostly farmland, with small townships. We still have some polluting industry, such as a zinc works on the river in Hobart, you can see the emissions from it in the pic I posted. There was also a paper processing plant in the north of the state, and another was planned to be constructed, but fortunately enough people opposed the plan for it to be abandoned. If they must have this type of industry it should not be in populated areas, in my opinion. There is always a brain drain, as young people seek better opportunities in their working lives, as I did. It is a good place to live, and many of the people who leave when they are young come back again later on. Princess Mary of Denmark grew up here.

As a matter of interest, my husband's stepson went hiking in the World Heritage area with some friends last summer, and the terrain was so rugged it took them a full day to hike 4 kilometres. He said it was such hard going that he tied shoelaces around his knees, and literally lifted them in order to get his feet off the ground. (His legs were tired by then, and they were ascending and descending very steep ravines.)

My father, as a young man, worked as a surveyor with the Forestry Department, and went into these areas, which were then totally unexplored wilderness. Unfortunately there are many mineral deposits, so mining companies want to access them. I don't see how that is to be achieved without damaging the environment, and as long as the Green activists abound it won't happen, particularly since this area has been declared protected parkland.

If you are interested you can read more by Googling Tasmania.
What an interesting view in the second one - it looks like a good place to live.
That is looking in the opposite direction from the first pic. I liked the way that pic turned out, much more interesting than the blue sky and sunshine. Hobart is a nice place to live. We live in an older suburb, which was once farmland when my grandmother was young.

Apparently the deed for our land includes a rider 'licensed to run sheep'.
It Definitely was!
I'm not sure which one I like more, both very interesting shots
Thank you. I think I prefer the one looking towards the river (which you can't see in the pic - it is hidden behind a hill).
You can run sheep on your land? What fun! How reassuring if you need a new career...


We still have the above-ground lines. Half of Darwin does and the other half was built after they routinely put them underground. In a cyclone the suburbs with above-ground power get a blackout fairly quickly. Where the power is below-ground they often don't even lose their power at all.

Guess where we live... *eyes all the candles sitting around the place ready to swing into action*
How large is your community? Is Tasmania fairly self-sufficient or do you travel/order online to get certain goods?
The population of the island is about 500,000, the population of Hobart, where I live is half of that number. People will sometimes have to travel for specialist medical care, if it is not available here. In those cases the travel will be paid for by the hospital system.

Mostly it is possible to buy what you need here, although I do order some goods online for the convenience of having them delivered to my door. It is easier than carrying heavy things home on the bus. We gave up having a car after we moved to this house. I have never had a driver's license, and my husband had cataracts which made him unsafe on the road.

Hobart, in the south, and Launceston in the north are the two main cities. The major industries here are agricultural, and tourism. We also export electricity via cable to Victoria. A lot of people are relocating here to live a more laid back life in beautiful surroundings.

My husband and his late wife moved here because of the cooler climate. They had been living in Queensland, which has a tropical climate. They bought a house in a small township south of Hobart, where they had mooring for their yacht across the road from their house. I grew up here, but lived in Sydney for 26 years, probably the largest city in Australia. I had already decided to retire here, and had bought a house that I had rented out until I retired. That happened earlier than planned due to ill health. If you are interested you could get a lot of information about Tasmania by googling the word.