Ship being escorted out of Hobart, Tasmania’s harbour by a pilot boat
As you know I was recently in Tasmania. We were going on an excursion and I made the comment, “I will bring my camera with me.” I was told that was the wrong word to use and the proper word was ‘take’. I should have said, “I will take my camera with me.” This brought on a big debate on the proper word to use. I explained it must be a cultural thing. Since I am from Canada, perhaps we are strongly influenced by the American way of saying things even though we are also a Commonwealth country like Australia. To me, Australians seem to have kept more of their Britishness than Canadians. Their accent and the terminology they use reminds me of what I heard when I went to Britain a few years ago. So I chalked it up to those differences.
We traveled to Port Arthur the most south eastern part of Tasmania on the Tasman Peninsula. On the way we went through the scene of devastating “bush” fires that raced through the town of Dunalley in early January. It was quite a moving experience to see house addresses spray painted on fences or trees where the only evidence of a house being on that property being a stone foundation, or a fireplace and chimney. Many yards still had the burned out skeletons of automobiles sitting in them. There was a flurry of activity at the local elementary school that had obviously lost many of its classrooms to the fire. A number of workers were busily preparing the school yard to receive emergency portable classrooms for the beginning of classes the first week of February.
A number of local businesses such as a well-known bakery were nothing more than rubble. Many tourist businesses that survived the fire, have noticed a drop in business as tourists are avoiding the area thinking that entire area has been affected. In fact, the government and media Continue reading →
The other night I went to this wonderful theatre in Hobart, Tasmania. Did I say I am visiting friends in Tasmania? Yes I am and these friends are the ones that enlightened me to this great movie theatre. The people who own this theater have fixed it up to be quite unique. There are different areas in the building that house different theatres. We saw the “Life of Pi” in one room. It wasn’t a big room which made it all the more special. Beforehand we bought wine and some chocolate and were able to bring it in with us to have during the show. There were other snacks that could be bought in the lobby but popcorn was not one of them nor were there any of the usual candies that attract children but instead the snacks were geared more to adults with a sophisticated palette.
The chairs in the theater were very comfortable and everyone had a clear view. After the show we went to the cafe area to sit in Continue reading →