Lavender blue and deep purple

Lavender blue dilly dilly lavender green dilly dilly  I shall be king dilly dilly  you shall be queen dilly dilly a childs rhyme

Deep purple so evocotive to those of us of a certain age. Be it the rock band that got to the Royal Albert Hall in London and performed with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, conducted by Malcolm Arnold no less. Or the much less well known the pseudo soul pop combo of Nino Tempo and April Stevens.
Went for a short drive east of Launceston and ended up at this lovely place Bridestowe Lavender Estate where there was so much deep purple of the floral kind…

Then there were three…

Then there were three cygnets where there used to be four and the parents were gone

Then there were three, when we first saw this new swan family there were five cygnets. But this evening half the family was missing, they were nowhere to be seen just these three. As they stopped to eat the duck weed two menacing gulls looked on with greedy eyes at three small cygnets… Its unusual for swans to desert their young, having watched cygnets grow up in the past I have observed that like most water fowl they are the most devoted of parents both males and females. We looked all around the first basin with no sign of the missing parents and two cygnets just this little trio.  I will follow this up…

Fire in the Gorge…

Fire in the gorge

Fire chopper in the gorge

Spot fires in the gorge

A few photos taken this evening a fire on the Trevallyn side of the first basin. The chopper made many runs over the course of an hour that I watched this ever more common aspect of Tasmanian life. While these photographs do not prortray a very dramatic scene the like of which we have witnessed in Victoria recently let it not be forgotten that just over the top of that hill there are hundreds of homes with anxious people relying on these men who fight fires for us. Thanks guys, you do a remarkable and dangerous job…

A view from Tailrace Park…

A view from Tailrace ParkI found a pleasant short walk this evening a walk along the edge of the Tamar at Tailrace Park. I couldn’t help feeling that the board walk along the tidal edge should run al the way into Launceston. What a magnificent tourist attraction that would be!

 

Is Launceston the Roma of the southern hemisphere?

Masonic-Hall-Launceston-on-Brisbane-Street

Italianate government building on John Street Launceston

Perhaps not but it was certainly a big influence in the late 19 century…These heritage buildings are really in beautiful condition the government has to be complemented on the quality of the restoration work that this building has received. After coming from Perth where so much of its architectural heritage has been flattened in the name of progress (make that greed) its a pleasure to wonder around Launceston and discover such fine buildings…

‘Rosetta’ in West Launceston or is it Prospect?

Rosetta a home in West Launceston or is it Prospect?

Rosetta is beautiful home on the edge of West Launceston or is it Prospect?Its quite difficult to photograph any other angle than the front of this home but it has all of the feature that typify the Art Deco Style, flying balconies on two sides, curved walls and steel framed windows all in good condition for its age.However there is one little feature that is downright quirky, a mimicked single corinthian column on the right hand side of  the very ampley wide door.
Is this a little visual joke, a builders error or a client, architect compromise. What ever it is, its an oddment and an interesting find. Again it would be pleasure to have a look around and photograph this building…