Monthly Archives: February 2015

Friday Forays February 2015


Friday Foray #3 Lenah Valley to The Springs;  20 February 2015, modelled on one of the Greater Hobart Trails.

Walk: from Top of Lenah Valley Road to The Springs Lookout on Mt Wellington.

Food: Picnic stop at Junction Cabin and at The Springs Lookout.

What a fabulous day for an 8km walk it turned out to be. No wind, no rain, just the right amount of sunshine – the perfect recipe to bushwalk around the eastern face of Mt Wellington. Starting out from the top of Lenah Valley Road I walked along the Lenah Valley Fire Trail until I branched off to the Lenah Valley Track for the New Town Falls – and this was almost the hardest part of the trail. Relentlessly uphill it was a pure delight to reach the falls and sit for a while as the water cascaded over the rock ledge.

Staying with the Lenah Valley Track I walked on until a junction with  Old Farm Fire Trail took me up to Junction Cabin. And this was the steepest part of the climb so coming across the Cabin was absolute joy.  Time to break out a snack with a cup of tea. The cabin is great and would be super shelter in poor weather.

From Junction Cabin I picked up the North-South Track and stayed with that right until The Springs. It crosses several different little microcosms of environment – dry sticky forest, scree boulders, rainforest – with vista peeks of the city and beyond. There are interesting cycle challenges for mountain bikers, wallaby, birds, skinks and some great pathways making some bits that much easier.

The scene from The Springs lookout is great, you see a lot more detail than that from the Pinnacle of Mt Wellington.

The sign indicated a 2 hour and 45 minute walk but it took me nearly 4 hours allowing for snack and water breaks, photography stops, rests and time to enjoy the scenery and detail around me. I thoroughly recommend the walk, and look forward to other Wellington Park walks. Perhaps I shall do the walk from Springs to Lenah Valley sticking to the Lenah Valley Track the entire way so I get to see Lone Cabin and Rock Cabin.

For January Friday Forays click here.

Sun Dyes, I am HOOKED


Thanks to the HandWeavers Spinners and Dyers Guild of Tasmania (HWSDG) recently hosting a Sun Dyes on Silk workshop attended by some of my friends, then Cathy showing off her work at Judbury Crafters, I stepped into the world of Sun Dyes. And hooley dooley it is a lot of fun.

I had a play around at home today with a bunch of tea towels I had laying in wait in the studio for just such a moment. I learnt heaps.

Heavy thin objects are fabulous; Lawn isn’t such a good base, a solid even surface would have been optimal; Leaves are great but would be better to be able to weigh them down flat against the fabric; Chains are best done when midday sun is overhead and casts least shadow, ditto for objects that are high like my alpaca fibreglass shapes, You don’t need much dye to have a lot of fun.

Wooden Boat Festival Fun in Hobart – 2015


The Wooden Boat Festival is a feast of wooden boats, people, entertainment, friendly competition on and off the water, and to add to the scene, HMAS Sydney was in town as was a cruise ship – Hobart takes it all in its stride. The Living Boat Trust (LBT) of Franklin was well represented with yachts, skiffs, the ferry boat The Nancy and an information stall – great job volunteers!

Brian P and Brian M motored The Nancy up to Hobart from Franklin over 3 days and spent many hours talking to folk who had been a part of Nancy’s life over the years since it was built in 1917.


Lexophilia – yes, I have that!


🙂 Brian shared these with me recently….

you can tune a piano, but you can’t tuna fish

to write with a broken pencil is pointless

when fish are in schools, they sometimes take debate

a thief who stole a calendar got twelve months

when the smog lifts in Los Angeles U.C.L.A.

the batteries were given out free of charge

a will is a dead giveaway

a boiled egg is hard to beat

a bicycle can’t stand alone, it’s just two tired

when a clock is hungry it goes back four seconds

acupuncture is a jab well done, that’s the point of it

those who get too big for their pants will be totally exposed in the end.

If you have a favourite to share, leave it in the comments…….. 🙂