Then from the destruction and devastation
The water in the rives and waterfalls flow
The land brown and bare only weeks previous now an emerald green
The birdlife active
In the trees
and on the ground
The power of nature’s regeneration
It was a boys big bike bash
looping Tassie like it was a race track
From the cold damp west coast
Misty wet Queenstown
settled in the heart of the wild west coast
windy roads in the mountains
constant dam filling drizzle and rain
looping across to the east coast
The beautiful fishing harbour of St Helens at dawn
Fresh fish washed down by local beer and wine
Elephant Pass and St Mary’s Pass clinging to the side of the mountains range.
From the coast climbing the past Poatina
Up onto the high plains
Winding through Bothwell
The home of the worlds best merino wool
and the high plains lakes
The nature was not the only thing of beauty
In Hobart there we visited a magnificent collection of classic bikes
Perfect for a Boys big bike bash
As the rest of Australia Swelters
In Melbourne has a top to day of 19c
As the Lunar New Year Celebrations draw to the end
There was Chinese dancing at Victoria Market
With traditional music and movement
Then in a change of pace the music for the chicken dance came from the speaker.
Not very Chinese I think
As kids got up to dance to a familiar tune.
But, of course, this is the Year of the Rooster
So why not use a European Drinking song which has chicken in the title!
Only in Multicultural Melbourne
Where cultures and traditions blend happily.
I’ve looked at Tassie from both sides now
from in and out
and still somehow
Its Tassie’s illusion I recall
I really don’t know Tassie at all
(will apologies to Joni Mitchell)
I’m going to Tassie again
I place I can always go back to
find something new and beautiful
In Australian smallest State
An island State, part of an island nation.
Looking out across the blue clear waters that surround Tassie.
Looking in from coastal anchorages at
At storms rolling past
At the play of the light on the rocky shoreline
Looking in to tight harbour entrances
Sitting safe in historic ports
Travelling through beautiful wilderness
And a quirkiness that is only Tassie
Next month I’m going back to Tassie again
Taking the mighty Breva down for her second trip
I hope the sun never sets on my Tasmania adventures.
It was a beautiful early summer day and here I was a volunteer official on the finish line of the last round – the medal round – of the ISAF World Cup.
I know a little about race officiating but was a little nervous about such a big event as we waited at St Kilda Marina to pick of the other officials. My club the Hobsons Bay Yacht Club had provided our club boat to be the set the finish line and record the results.
Maria from Valencia (oh how I loved Spain) quickly assured us that we needed to just do as she said. Press the hooter when she said now, raise the flag when she said now etc.
She was a quiet woman but chatting away after fine tuning the reach angles and waiting for starts her experience was slowly revealed an on water official at two Olympics, Principal race offer for the TP52 series in Europe.
Great I just did what I was told, enjoy the racing and take some photos.
From the boat we had a great view of the start and the final rounding mark leading to the finish.
We were officiating 5 races all deciding the series for that class.
There was the Men’s and Women 470 class.
The Finn a hard boat to sail for big strong blokes.
The women’s laser radial and men’s laser the boats of single handed skill.
The last race the Men’s laser
A tightly fought race,
with a fairy tale end.
With Pavlos Kontides winning his first ever international series gold medal, having won an Olympic Silver Medal and many other placings in a decade of senior sailing in the laser.
Sitting below the Sierra Nevada and above the fertile plane of Granada
is The Red
The site chosen by the Romans for a fort
Bought to its glory by the Moors as Christian Europe languished in its Dark Ages
Bought into flourish by the Nasrid Sultans over 700 years
Then occupied by Ferdinand and Isabella
Driving Islam out or Spain and establishing themselves as the Catholic Kings
In the Palace, Isabella signed the orders for Columbus to sail in search of the Americas
The dawn of the Golden Age
The centre of old Granada
Overlooking the Albacain, the Arab quarter
Ransacked by Napoleon’s troops in 1882
Alhambra still stands magnificent even though losing its former glory.