Monthly archives: January 2018

Heat wave in the Huon Valley
Howabout this heat? The picture is our friend’s thermometer today, located in the shaded cool end of their verandah in the supposedly cold and damp Huon Valley. Hot it may be, but the nearish Grove and New Norfolk BOM weather stations clocked records of 40C+ back in 2013, so it’s […]

Heat wave for Hobart, and a new record

Rental demand tops nation in Hobart’s cheaper suburbs … Some of those old fixer-upperers might be worth a look …

Hobart rental demand ‘tops nation’

Hobart has come a long way since 1837. Real estate is once again on the up. Picture: Tasmanian Archives and Heritage Office: W.L Crowther Library
Details here. Hobart prices are rising while other Aussie cities fall. Perhaps this is because Hobart is cheap. Or are there other factors at play? The rental market is strong, and it’s a great place to live, getting warmer every day …

Hobart prices rise while others fall

Waldheim was built by hand by Gustav Weindorfer near Cradle Mountain in 1912, long before there was a road in to the area
The history of tourism in the Cradle Mountain valley is a happy-sad story. Gustav Weindorfer was an Austrian immigrant who married Kate Cowle, a Tasmanian woman 10 years his senior. Gustav and Kate built a timber chalet called Waldheim (meaning “forest home”) in 1912, hoping to open the stunning Cradle […]

Cause of deaths of Gustav and Kate Weindorfer (nee Cowle)

What do the brackets signify? Insignificance?
Having just done a weekend road trip from the south to the north, and back, we had a chance to relive some Tasmanian roadside quirks. We like the weird use of brackets around some place names on some road signs. What do the brackets signify? Insignificance? Yes, we could ask […]

Brackets on Tasmanian road signs

It is last year’s news now but still worth a mench … if your boat sinks, don’t leave it, as it might trigger an expensive police search. Details here. Best to let the police know you just had a bit of bad luck, or you might have to pay.

Don’t leave your half sunk boat

The 2016 view from the Ferris Wheel ... where was it in 2017?
What happened to the Ferris Wheel at the 2017 Huon Show? It was there in 2016, when we took the piccy. Yes, there were other great rides in 2017. But the Ferris Wheel is a family thing. Memories are made. It was windy in 2016, we thought the wheel might […]

It’s not fair