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Walk to Hobart

With only a few days left of holidays I took a walk into the city on Wednesday 11th July to do a few chores. I picked a good day for it: clear, sunny and cool. When I first moved to Hobart I found the streets very confusing to navigate, small lanes, curving roads and one way streets turned me around a lot. My best way of navigation was using the undulating terrain to determine my direction until I found a landmark. But doing more walking (and now I carry a small map with markings of my own) through the streets has given me a greater appreciation for Hobart.

Adelaide is flat and grid like. Great for non-locals. But Hobart constantly gets carried away on a whim, most houses are made with the added challenge of being built on a slope, leading to more interesting designs and sights.

This is perhaps one of my favourite architectural features of Hobart, many houses have varying interpretations of look outs and widow’s walks. I also love the variety of eras all the houses were built in. Some very modern flat glass inlaid houses look very boring next to Victorian era/castle looking houses. I especially love the little houses that are squished between their neighbours, but they are also abundant in Adelaide.

A cute little lane I happened upon. I am about 25 minutes from Hobart (looking toward it) I like the big houses on the skyline.

The tower on the right is St George’s Lutheran Church, at night it is lit up and looks like a tower of gold. That and the casino are my best landmarks when walking at night.

As I came out of the alleyway I found a row of houses elevated a bit above the road, they all looked so grand and proud except this one. I expect the sunroom was beautiful and had a gorgeous view in its day.

Instead of traffic islands they have rivulets dividing the lanes in a road. A rivulet with ducks.

There was a very steep slope and I paused part way up to look at the view. There was a dog beach below and I watched for a while. This guy bounded into the water then turned around and paused. She stayed there for longer than I watched, faintly wagging her tail. I’m not sure what was wrong, no-one seemed to be paying any attention to her. After a while another dog came to investigate, it seemed concerned but too scared of the water to approach.

I’ve seen these big numbers around, not sure what they indicate but they usually seem to start with 19, I think that’s a clue.

Runnymede Street, how cute. Arthur Circus is quite quaint, it is a large single lane roundabout encircling a park/playground and surrounded by charming life-sized doll houses.

 

Gaia hypothesis: (geography) The idea that Earth is a self-regulating single organism. I don’t think that it’s a hypothesis, but it’s a nice idea that the Earth will balance out the changes humans have made. Also a point to be made to the people who stress about increasing climate over the last few hundred years: the Earth is not static, it changes, it goes through cycles. That’s why I like this thought, that like a human body the Earth will rally and correct its self. Or die.

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