Yearly archives: 2019


News Ltd vs NSW Rural Fire Service outlooks
Tasmania was lucky this year. Bushfires started in October, then a polar blast swept over the island and it rained for more than a week. The picture above is Tasmania’s Snowy Range, taken during the middle of the wet, cold and windy weather. You need to see this pic on […]

11/11/2019 – Dark mood over the Snowy Range


What does the fox say?
The call of a Tasmanian tiger, or a fox chirp? This website claims to have a thylacine recording … check out the sound here. Listen to a fox chirp recording here. The same? Regardless, neither animal exists in Tasmania. ET’s staff writer heard two yip-yips in southern Tasmania in 2011, […]

30/10/2019 – Foxes and thylacines


Choc warfare
The vicious chocolate war between Shiploads and Woolworths continues. ET first published about it here when Snickers bars hit an astounding 20c each. In the Huonville store we see that Shiploads has slashed 540g boxes of Favourites down to $6, from the already discounted price of $8. The almost-the-same-size boxes […]

28/10/2019 – Chocolate wars



Out through the in hole
Photoshop is a dangerous weapon in the hands of the wrong person. Looking at online pump prices, we found this picture of a pump that is blowing out through the in hole. Well, we thought it was funny. Maybe these impeller pumps can work like that? Either way, let this […]

28/10/2019 – Pump it!


ET posted about Hobart fish prices a while back, see it here. Having recently returned from a trip to Brisbane, we can say Hobart fish is cheap by comparison. At the Gold Coast, coral trout was selling for $60+ a kilo and red emperor for $70+ at one outlet. Is […]

25/10/2019 – Hobart fish prices Pt 2


One of the delights of rural Tasmania in spring is the new life all around. Trees, shrubs and plants are in bloom, paddocks are bright green, and baby animals play. We had early lambs this year and thought the ewes were done. Not so, as the pix show. Such feeble, […]

23/9/2019 – Congrats in order, it’s twins!



Kiss this
An impressive 10 per cent of salmonella patients surveyed kept chickens in their bedroom, says the Centre for Disease Control (CDC). Though their survey was not done in Tasmania, local scuttlebutt suggests chickens might be scratching around in some Apple Isle homes. Anyone who has experienced the eye-stinging fragrance of […]

18/9/2019 – Evict the bedroom chickens


A beautiful firetail finch
This native beautiful firetail finch (Stagonopleura bellum) was browsing a Huon Valley (Tasmania) front lawn yesterday. They get around in ones or twos, and don’t seem to be particularly rare. They are different from the painted firetail (Emblema pictum) of the Australian mainland. Much more common in the Huon now […]

9/9/2019 – Stunner on the front lawn


A September 2002 stratospheric warming event is shown compared compared to the 2019 forecast for this September. The forecast was created by the Weather Bureau on August 30, 2019
An unusual severe stratospheric warming event over the South Pole could have big implications for Australian weather, making it windier, drier and warmer in SEQ/NSW, an area which is already suffering drought and early bushfires. Tassie can expect cold, wet weather, a relief after last year’s fire season. This story […]

8/9/2019 – Rare weather event may hit Tasmania and SEQ/NSW