Letter from Van Diemen’s Land

Foreword – I asked Amfortas whether things had quietened down in Hobart Town after the Sydney to Hobart was well over.

The days after ‘arrival’ are party days. I stayed away from town !! 🙂 But then followed a few days of kit repair, shake-down trials on the waters, a race or two in the confines of the estuary, and some setting off for home.

Big ships came in and out and some dinky little ‘luxury’ ones too.

Le Laperouse:

The Coral Discoverer:

The smoke clouds gave a short scare but so far Tasmania has had just smallish fires on the east coast and a modest one to Hobart’s north. All under control.

The Mainland though…… Very bad. The PM has been blamed by all the lefties who conveniently forget that fire is a State responsibility. Even when the PM gave military assistance to NSW, the State Premier conveniently forgot to tell the fire chiefs who only learned of the large, new resources from the TV !!

Political bun fighting does not put fires out.

Some bigger cruise ships this week:

Hobart is an unsung name. Personally I prefer its ‘original’ : Hobart Town, or Hobbiton as it was once pronounced.

Just to the south of me by some 30 miles is a region (around Cygnet) that is ‘Hobbit country’. Just how the Shire can be imagined. Beautiful, natural, hilly, a change of scene every 200 yards.

10 comments for “Letter from Van Diemen’s Land

  1. January 6, 2020 at 13:21

    My favourite there by far is Coral Discoverer – small, slightly tatty in places, a real Poirot type vessel.

  2. microdave
    January 6, 2020 at 16:00

    Is that an ex RNLI lifeboat shadowing Le Laperouse?

  3. Andy5759
    January 6, 2020 at 20:12

    I had a look at some images of Cygnet. What a lovely part of the world.

  4. Doonhamer
    January 6, 2020 at 21:20

    Ugly boats.
    Wealth does not bring good taste.
    Jealous? Moi?

  5. January 6, 2020 at 21:44

    RNLI outsourcing.

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