Friday, January 9, 2009

A Journey to Tasmania

Hello again from Pine Mountain. Well the first week of the new year is over. The holidays are now a memory until the end of the year. This week I finished taking down the Christmas decorations. They are now in there boxes for another year.

The snowstorm that we were expecting did not quite happen this week. We just had a little dusting of snow. You have to go above 7000 feet to find any real snow. There is about 6 to 10 inches( 2.36cm to 3.9 cm) above that level. Down here at the ranch it almost makes 50 F (10 C) in the day time. At night it is in the 20s F (- 6C). Our ever present wind makes it seem a lot colder. In about a week or two winter will really set in.

Well it is chores as usual here on the ranch. Nothing much changes there. I am glad for my greenhouse. Even when it is winter outside my greenhouse stays nice and warm at around 70 F( 21 C). I get to have fresh vegetables year around. These days with the economy the way it is, more people need to start growing vegetables to stretch their income. The next few years are going to be rough on just about everyone worldwide.

This year I have set aside a small section of the greenhouse to try and grow peanuts which is the favorite food of Squeekers, my African grey parrot. Peanuts need a sandy soil to grow well and they are planted deep about 2 inches deep. The plants need to be spaced about 7 inches apart. I watered them well when I planted them from raw peanuts. You can also plant them from seeds but it takes longer and you usually do not get good results. I waited until they sprouted to water them again. Peanuts have a long growing season about 130 days. They need to be watered sparingly or they will rot. We will see at harvest time if it was worth all the effort.

Well enough about things at the ranch this week we have a story about a sightseeing trip to Tasmania.

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Section 1 Ranch news

Section 2 Alternative Energy

Section 3 Travel for Less

Section 4 Lost Treasure

Section 5 Journey to Tasmania

Section 6 Pine Mountain Evening

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A Journey to Tasmania

Last week we were in the frozen north. This week it is time to warm up and visit the land down under. Tasmania is a group of islands 150 miles (240 Kilometers) south of Australia on the eastern side of the country. Tasmania is a part of Australia. And since it is in the southern hemisphere, the seasons are the reverse of ours. Right now in January it is the middle of summer.

We flew into Hobart the capital of Tasmania from Sidney on Quantas. This time of year it is the dry season but even in the dry season it rains about every second day. The main island is slightly larger than the US state of West Virginia. Tasmania is 26,410 square miles (68,401 square Kilometers). About one third of the island is nature preserves and is in a natural untouched state. The northern coast is the most populous. Today almost 500,000 people live in Tasmania.

We picked up our rental car went across the Tasman bridge and took the east Derwent highway north to Bridgewater. At Bridgewater we turned on the Midland highway. We drove on until we came to Oatlands where we stopped to tour the old historical Callington mill.

Oatland is a town of about 500 people.

After lunch we continued north on Midland highway better known as highway 1. We arrived in Launceston just before dark and spent the night there.

The next morning we headed west on highway 1 through Westbury and turned south on highway 5 at Deloraine. We stopped for lunch at Liffey falls.

We kept heading south and went around Great Lake. We turned on Waddamana road. We took that to Bashan road and took Bashan road to Victoria Valley road. We continued on until we reached the city of Ouse where we spent the night.

The next day we headed south on Lyell Highway. We stopped for lunch at New Norfolk then on to Bridgewater then south to Hobart. We spent the night in Hobart and caught our plane to Sidney the next morning. This was another vacation where we needed more time to thoroughly explore the island. Maybe another year.

That was our Tasmanian journey.

Tasmanian History

The original inhabitants, the aborigines settled in Tasmania over 35,000 years ago. Tasmania was joined to mainland Australia until the end of the last ice age about 10,000 years ago.The first European to find the island was Abel Tasman in 1642. The island was later named after him.

The native population was about 10,000 when the Europeans arrived. In 1833 there ranks had dwindled to about 300 because of war disease and mistreatment. The last 300 were moved to Flinders island by 1833.

The first european colonies on the island were prison colonies in the early 1800's. Today the island is an Australian state.

Pine Mountain Evening

It is evening once more and I am relaxing here on Pine Mountain in my easy chair in front of the fireplace. The gas fueled fire in the fireplace takes the chill off the mountain evening. Squeekers my African Grey parrot is sitting on his perch munching peanuts.

I am relaxing with my coffee from Tonight I am trying Moca Java . This coffee has a distinct taste of Ethiopian Mocha mixed with the distinct taste of coffee from the Java islands . It goes well with almost all deserts. It is just the right drink for a cold evening. Squeekers and I have been watching another Sci fi series called Highlander. Both my coffee and my TV show are over now. It has been a long day. I put Squeekers in his cage, turn off the gas fireplace, and head upstairs to bed. Good night all. See you next week.