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.
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Midlands … but not for work

On one of last year’s work trips to Campbell Town a colleague and I had to take a 70km diversion in order to avoid the after-effects of an accident, and, in so doing, I travelled some back roads I’d never seen before, but without a chance to really enjoy the scenery. I promised myself that I’d come back when I had more time, and today was my chance (even though I’d already been northwards this week). I invited Mum and Dad to come for the drive, and we headed along various back roads east of the Midlands Highway.

Our first real stop — after driving up and down some interesting valleys and hills — was a spinning gum reserve, where a 2km return trip through relatively rare eucalypts took us to a hidden cache.

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Our second stop was Toom’s Lake, more full than I expected, but still low enough that remnant flooded trees were well out of the water.

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As we made our way westwards towards Ross there were some lovely rain and light effects on the far hills (which I mostly failed to capture on camera).

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Our final stop was in Ross, for another cache near the stables not far from the church. I hadn’t seen the stables before, and I was impressed with the simple workmanship, the stone manger built into the cliff that forms the back wall of one of the buildings, and the restoration work that had been done.

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The final leg of the journey was to cruise back to Hobart down the highway, a trip that I’d done only 24 hours earlier. We ended up travelling around 300km all up, through some very interesting countryside. It was a good day.

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