March 28, 2012

school zone

I've noticed quite a few of these automatic signs have popped up over the last 4-5 years. I'm pretty sure the pointy bits on top are to discourage nesting birds...

March 27, 2012


Small church-like building in Newstead.

March 26, 2012


I really, REALLY dig those chairs. I have no idea where this cafe found them, but they have a whole buttload of them. Think they'll share if I ask nicely?

March 25, 2012

book fair

"Books, old and new!". Actually, it was a second-hand book fair so nothing new. A well attended event. I was lucky enough to pick up a cassette of an old movie soundtrack (whose name I can't remember) for free.

Good show, St Ailbe's Hall.

March 24, 2012


I was tempted. VERY tempted. When I was a kid, I used to enjoy books like Biggles, and those other "boy's annual" sort of compendiums. Of course, I like the idea that once upon a time, flying to work was quite a reasonable aspiration.

March 23, 2012

book fair

This morning, there was a second-hand book fair on at St Ailbe's Hall. I was tempted to buy "Why Bodyguarding?" for the reasonable sum of $2.00, but figured I'm probably not cut out for a life of body armour and Kevin Costner posturing anyway.

March 21, 2012

anyone for tennis?

Once upon a time, this was the Alexander Patent Racket Factory (photo). In a line of other Launceston world's firsts, this is the place that produced the world's first laminated tennis rackets. I believe the 1933 Wimbledon champion even used an Alexander racket.

These days, locals know this as the local PCYC, where kids can jump on trampolines, do gymnastics, and the like.

March 20, 2012


more from my Saturday morning breakfast. actually, this teapot was left behind by the previous occupants on the table, and was soon after removed by the helpful staff. as much as i love a cup of tea, i much prefer a flat white of a Saturday morning, to wash down a blueberry bagel or scrambled eggs with bacon.

March 19, 2012


actually, it looks less like the remains of breakfast, and more like the leftovers from a casual Saturday morning coffee/milkshake.

March 18, 2012


i'd like to be able to say i'm nice enough to politely ask four ladies to don tights & stick their legs in the air for this photo, alas they're not even real legs.

still, it makes for a striking display.

March 16, 2012

Dr Pugh

Any book entitled "Eminent Launcestonians" is bound to be a short read, but you can guarantee that Dr William Pugh would take up a chapter to himself.

I won't bore you with the details (ask the google for more), but suffice to say we have very few statues of locals around the city & nearby towns, and this guy has his own. If you're keen to get your photo taken with Dr Pugh, you can find him walking down the steps opposite the Nelumie building into Princes Square.

March 6, 2012

kiss me, honey

If you were born in Launceston between 1952 and 1995, there's a good chance the event took place here, the former Queen Victoria Maternity Hospital. These days, I understand it not only houses some beauty clinics and some medical specialists, but also a large amount of honey.

yes, honey.

March 5, 2012

church in a vineyard

as i've mentioned previously, the local area is known for it's excellent wines. add to that the photogenic qualities of the vineyards.

March 4, 2012


more interesting sights around Invermay. not quite sure what this is attached to, or what it produces, but it made for a good photo.

March 3, 2012

wine + lunch

a half-day public holiday provides a fine opportunity for a jaunt into the country for a cheese platter, and a lovely glass of pinot noir.

we really do have some fabulous wines out this way. the local area is known for it..

March 2, 2012

the silos

I wonder why it's only a 15 minute zone...wheat silo fanatics clogging the place up of a saturday night with their gawking and rubber-necking, probably.

March 1, 2012


It really was a good Sunday, as far as finding new and interesting things to photograph goes. Again, Invermay's industrial zone, I've no idea how old this chimney stack is, but judging from the buildings surrounding it, I'd say no older than the 1940s.

If anyone has a better idea, feel free to leave a comment and educate me.