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Kayaking with mates

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Midwinter on the water in Tasmania – just what dry sunny days are made for. We pushed off from Franklin Rowing Club and explored the Egg Island Canal and the Lagoon – a magic day.

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Blood Red Moon

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It is 15 April 2014 in Tasmania, Australia. We just watched a blood red moon rise clear of the cloud and shine right into our kitchen window! I attempted to take some photos with my ‘point and shoot camera’, quite unsuccessfully! But here they are, evidence and a reminder of a spectacular, cold, calm autumn night in Southern Tasmania.

The moon rises over our alpaca paddock and beams into the kitchen.

The moon rises over our alpaca paddock and beams into the kitchen.

It was blood red, honest! Almost full eclipse here.

It was blood red, honest! Almost full eclipse here.

I love my Library

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Two things I have decided on this year,

  1. I will learn more about, and view, aurora. Living in Southern Tasmania I would be crazy to miss this astonishing and free nature show! So I joined the Facebook group Aurora Australis Tasmania and met two wonderful people on the first night I went out a’watching!
  2. I will catalogue my library of books to achieve several goals. Those goals are a) …..to clean my books and library shelves; b) …..to remind myself of those books that have been untouched for far too long; c) …..to put order where there was none; d) …..to make a list of re-reads and e) …..to cull.

Well I have made a start on the first, and am confident that throughout the year I will indeed view aurora.

I have COMPLETED a, b, c, and e of the second! It was a lot of fun rediscovering many of my much loved books. I usually write in the front coverĀ the date and place I acquire a book, and so I have had a fantastic trip down memory lane. I have quite a selection to re-read, I managed to cull 32 books out of a remaining 534 books, and I really enjoyed exploring some of the artwork on the covers. And I re-enjoyed so many dedications – from personally known authors, from friends and family where the book was a gift, from the occasional book signing I attended. I encourage you, when gifting a book, to make it personal to the recipient, it gives again each time the book is opened and read. If you want to see my odd collection of books have a look here.

Some of the covers:

Our Huon Home

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Life is pretty good in the Huon Valley. We are nestled on the river bank and enjoy every season for its beauty, produce and climate. Autumn is especially colourful thanks to the previous owners who planted a variety of trees. After culling and cleaning the garden those trees really get to show off their special attributes.