Dramatis persona*

helenhead Helen Chick

I've always wanted a bumper sticker that said "I'm a female, LDS/Mormon, Scout leading, geocaching, piano-playing, bicycling, mathematics educator with a PhD in maths ... and I VOTE"!

I think this makes me a minority group of cardinality 1!

* Since there's only one of me and "personae" is plural (I think), I've gone with dramatis persona.
February 2019
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Disappearing Tarn and somewhere else

On the southern slopes of Mt Wellington, about 4km from The Springs, there is one of the mountain’s more famous features: the aptly named Disappearing Tarn. It lies — when it is there at all — in a curious depression in one of the bigger “potato fields”: a large area of tumbled dolerite rocks and boulders […]

“My hair a flock of cockatoos”

There’s a choral piece that we’ve been singing with Loose Canon entitled “My Nurse and I”, which was written by Matthew Orlovich in 2010 as a setting of a poem written by Nicolette Stasko. It references the Australian landscape and its fauna, and opens with the words

I am twined in the great trees
by the river
my hair […]

Kangaroos in the streets

Apparently some of the tourists who come to Australia have the expectation that they will see kangaroos in the streets. Any streets. Every street. We find this amusing, and proceed to inform them about precautions to protect themselves against drop bears.

Although kangaroos are only rarely found in Australian streets, I do have to report that on […]

“Hello, possums!”*

My sister’s house is on a bush block and the hollow of one of their trees is home to two possums: mum and a growing baby. They are well accustomed to humans, and, indeed, have come to expect food, and so they were not at all shy when we looked in on them today. In fact, […]

Bathurst Harbour Day 7

And the sun comes out properly for the final stretch

There was enough time between waking up and breakfast to pop down to the water’s edge and catch sight of a small flotilla of swans floating down Melaleuca Inlet. The light was quite gloomy and so this photo was shot at ISO1600 for 1/5 second, which explains […]

Bathurst Harbour Day 6

Back to Forest Lagoon and exploring Loaparte Cove

The miscellaneous weather — with shower fronts racing across us throughout the day, patches of sunshine and fairly strong but manageable winds — continued for Day 6. Fortunately the winds were westerly, which made our trip east along Bathurst Narrows quite easy. There were stretches where it seemed more […]

Bathurst Harbour Day 5B

Manwoneer Inlet and Farrell Point

Our afternoon journey took us further north into Manwoneer Inlet, which is a haven for black swans. There must have been between 100 and 200 of them, floating along the edges of the lagoon, although they took umbrage at our arrival and launched themselves in rather noisy fashion to find a less […]

Bathurst Harbour Day 5A

Temporary favourable winds and a sad story

With the final days of our trip upon us it was time to start heading eastward again so that we would be back at Melaleuca on the right day to catch our flight. So, we farewelled our campsite at Bramble Cove (a lovely spot), and headed out, originally intending to […]

Bathurst Harbour Day 4B

Beach wanderings and a sea cave

After bringing our kayaks ashore onto Wallaby Beach there was time to wander its 1km length and get a sense of this remote place.

The tortured west coast rocks formed fascinating outcrops jutting out across the sand.

Part of the way along the beach there is a big old Huon pine tree stump […]

Bathurst Harbour Day 4A

Going to Wallaby Bay is a swell idea

There were some drizzly showers overnight and during the day, but the wind was largely absent, which was good. After breakfast I had a little time to balance precariously on a ledge to take this drippy photo.

It was then time to warm up ready for the day’s kayaking. Things […]