|Tree sculpture at East Beach|
This is my second Australia Day back in Northern Tasmania and as I enjoyed the experience at the Low Head Pilot Station last year, I decided to do it again. [Click on the Australia Day label on the right to read.]
Sadly, despite the weather being near perfect, the event fell far short of last year's, in almost every respect. I did one quick circuit of the precinct and left - the problem was probably the result of the present depressed nature of the region.
|East Beach overlooking the Low Head Lighthouse|
I can be a bit slack and although it is only a longish walk from the Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage, I had not seen it.
The beach sweeps east, from the point that houses the Low Head Lighthouse, in a 1.5 km crescent fronting the Bass Straight.
The quite attractive beach is backed by a narrow strip of scrub, then the road and is served by a reasonable toilet block.
In 1869 a submarine telegraph cable ran from Low Head, Tasmania to Western Port, Victoria and the foundations of its wooden test house lies beside the short track from the road to the beach.
|The cafe and sculpture|
Six old pine trees had been beautifully converted to this tree sculptured, nautical scene.
Sailors join a whale, dolphin, sword-fish, a surfer, a lighthouse and birds in a seriously attention grabbing display.
I really should pop back and try out their coffee and fish & chips soon.
|The Eddie Freeman sculpture in George Town|
With a chainsaw and chisel, Tasmanian sculptor, Eddie Freeman has breathed new life into an aging Macrocarpa Pine Tree on the site of the old Cable House for the Tasmania to Victoria telegraph link.
The sculpture features a mother whale and her baby, five penguins and cable men pulling in the telegraph cable.
|The artist's credit|
The key to future growth in trade and commerce was a connection to the other state capitals.
There were 117 miles of cable at a final contract cost of £53,000 laid and made operational. Unfortunately the cable was constantly out of service due to faults undersea and by January 1861 it was abandoned.
An enduring cable link was established between Cape Otway on the Victorian mid-south coast, through to King Island and, ultimately, Launceston, Tasmania, the £70000 cost paid fully by the Tasmanian Government and it was opened in 1869.
|The pet rock catching some sun|
It was very red and looked quite healthy, but as I didn't know if it was a wild one or had just strayed and become lost, I just left it and kept an eye on it for a few weeks.
Despite looking healthy, the pet rock never seemed to move.
I am not sure if it was the rock or a crazy wallaby that kept digging up the driveway, so I finally decided to adopt it and give it a new life.
Reflecting on this 'life after death' theme, I began to wonder what I would like to be in the improbable event that I should die.
Easy peasy, that one.
I would like to become a part of a weeping-willow.
I really could cope with sitting by the creek with my toes in the water for the next few hundred years.