Friday, 18 March 2022

Share Four Somethings - March


 

Well, that month rolled around fast. How time flies, as they say....


Something Loved:  I went to Hobart with my bookclub. First time away from my family in over 2 years. First time since 2019 when I only had me to look after and only had to think of myself. It was rejuvenating. 





Something Gleaned: We went to Bruny Island, which was fabulous. I learnt that it is half the size of Singapore with only 800 inhabitants! I also enjoyed learning our history with a bit of a new slant on how we tell it (compared to I was a kid and it was VERY whitewashed). Most of what we were told was from the Indigenous viewpoint of that historical experience, of Truganini and the Black Line and dispossession. Having listened to Debutantes, I became aware of how distorted our 'knowledge of history' is.

These 2 trees are in the paintings made when Cook was there.
I learnt that there are 12 species of bird only found on Tasmania - I also learnt they are called endemic birds - given how much we use that word at the moment, I didn't realise it applied in this sense too. My favourite line was when the tour guide was talking about the flora and fauna on Bruny, and Joseph Banks. "I know there's a lot of shade on Cook but when you look at Banks, what he did was amazing.  He took back 12000 new species of plants and shared this with the European Scientific world. He incomprehensibly altered their knowledge". 


Something Braved: Going solo to a nightclub where I was at least 30 years older than everyone...discussed in detail here and here.



Something Achieved: I don't feel I've achieved much this month. I hope my Furious Fiction story did ok, then I can amend this. Didn't write as much as I should. Didn't exercise as much as I should. Did manage to get tickets into Phoenix which I've been dying to see since it was built so very excited about that. So not so much as achieved as got lucky. But let's go with that.
You can see the two trees in the top photo and the 4th photo here, in the George Tobin painting of 1788.


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27 comments:

  1. Hi Lydia,

    I loved to see your beautiful landscapes. Also the fern in one photo looks stunning. The history is often gone through modulation in accordance to that who is in power. I haven’t achieved much either, only listened a LOT of audiobooks.

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  2. Don't be so hard with yourself!
    The places are impressive. I like your photos!
    I'll come to visit you more often!
    Happy WW!

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  3. You got some great photos, nice that you enjoyed your time away.

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  4. Tranquility...we all need it in a time of war.

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  5. It is so gratifying to identify and visit a location contained in a painting or photo. Seems to connect the now to the then.

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  6. Glad you had a rejuvenating trip. Bruny Island looks beautiful. Thank you for linking up with #weekendcoffeeshare.

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  7. You do a great post about where and what of your life and what you are learning about. We do have so much to learn don't we as white, middle class citizens. My link up is back on a fortnightly basis on Monday 28.3. I MISSED it too. Denyse #weekendcoffeeshare

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  8. Beautiful photos and interesting bits of history. Glad you were able to get away for a bit.

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  9. How cool to go to Tassie with your bookclub, sounds so much fun!

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  10. I love your photos. I have always admired Joseph Banks. We are very proud of our Banksia in Bristol botanic garden.

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  11. Love the pics! And I'm impressed at the nightclub adventure--I can't remember the last time I even stayed up past midnight.

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  12. So glad you got to go away with your bookclub. I would love to visit Tasmania again & go to Bruny Island. A lady I used to work with here in Qld used to live part time here & part time on Bruny Island.

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  13. Those first trips away since 2019 are so welcomed. Glad you were able to get away with your bookclub. How fun! I love my bookclub ladies but we've never talked about taking a trip together. Maybe we should start with just a lunch out. :)

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  14. Beautiful photos! Glad you had some time to yourself without your family.

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  15. Your pictures are stunning and yay for getting away!!!!

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  16. Lovely photos! Getting away without any responsibilities is always refreshing! Glad you got the opportunity.

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  17. Looks like a great month! Bruny Island is so pretty - and interesting. You were quite brave going to the night club.

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  18. How lovely to go away with your book club and have some time for yourself. Bruny Island looks like an absolutely beautiful place and how interesting to learn more about its flora and fauna. #DreamTeam

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  19. Sounds like an interesting month! Visiting you from the your moment blog hop.

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  20. Lydia - lovely scenes. It is interesting to learn about "history" from another perspective. Joining you from Wandering Camera.

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  21. What a wonderful experience it must have been.

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  22. What an amazing trip, glad you could get away x #dreamteam

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  23. Wow, it looks so beautiful there. What a fab adventure and lots learnt along the way. Thank you for joining us for the #DreamTeam. I know I always say this, but I do love your share four somethings posts :-)

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  24. Gorgeous weather, looks like you've had a wonderful time! Thanks for linking up with #DreamTeam

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  25. I am so glad you were able to get away and enjoy yourself. Beautiful photos, love the one before "Something Gleaned". Well done with "Something Braved"! Some months are like that when we feel like have achieved very little, but we do our best. Thanks so much for the link to the George Tobin painting.

    Also, Thank you for linking up on Wandering Camera!
    -Soma

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