Sunday, 3 February 2019

Tasmanian Grace

"I would love to see a survey of blood pressure on the mainland versus blood pressure in Tasmania. My life in Tassie [Australian for Tasmania] slows to a crawl and my pulse matches it. Days stretch to feel twice as long and I have shown over a decade that I can generate more quality words in my manuscripts from half a day's work in the peace of the Huon Valley than several days committed to working on the mainland"

- Fiona McIntosh, Australian Author

Ah yes...the peace of Tasmania’s Huon Valley...

Dear friends and readers, 

Bill and I plan to spend much of the next two months firmly planted in the beauty of Tasmania’s Huon Valley. Located about 45 minutes southwest of Hobart, Tasmania’s capital, the Huon Valley is a slice of heaven, with local saffron-infused gin ensuring that time drifts by really, really smoothly. 

There are serious bushfires currently burning in Tasmania. One of the largest is in the Huon Valley near where we plan to stay. At the moment, the fire is on the other side of the Huon River, about 10 km from our place. We are monitoring the situation. The Tasmanian Fire Service (Link) has a stellar reputation. 

Meanwhile, please send your prayers to those who have lost their homes and livelihoods; to those who live in ‘Watch & Act’ areas, our hosts Jane and Philip among them, ready to evacuate on a moment’s notice; and to the incredibly brave and resourceful firefighters who are performing miracles.

I look forward to blogging thoughts and photos about our time in the Huon Valley, along with our visits to Sydney, Hobart, Launceston, Burnie, St. Marys, and Canberra. 

And then, I look forward to returning to springtime in Ontario in early April.

BTW, I’m planning a small exhibit of new Tasmanian photographs in the Corridor Gallery of the John M. Parrott Art Gallery in Belleville in June and July of this year. Title of the exhibit: “Tasmanian Grace”. I’ll post details in the spring.

Meanwhile, Bill and I are heading off on an adventure!

Enjoy these Tasmanian photos from our 2018 trip.

Up the road from our cabin, Graces Road, Huon Valley

Huon River view, near our cabin

Huon Valley looking north from the front of our cabin; dawn

Bush near our cabin

Mail boxes, Huon Valley

Flowers, Salamanca Market, Hobart

Sheep paddock near New Norfolk, south central Tasmania

Sheep, Lisdillon, east coast of Tasmania

Blue canoe, Lisdillon, east coast of Tasmania

Coastal view, Lisdillon

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