Trip to Hobart on a perfect day in Tasmania...Noctunal awakening...Clarification on our "one year ago posts"...


A perfect yellow rose from the flower garden in the yard.
During the night I awoke at 2 am, wide eyed and bushy tailed.  Finally, by 4 am I drifted off awakening at 6:30.  Overall, I had about five hours of sleep.  As a result, I lounged in bed this morning unable to fall back to sleep, instead reading the news on my phone. 

The main street in Huonville as we drove on our way to Hobart, about 45 minutes from our vacation home.
In the past year I'd read several articles stating that it's in our human DNA to awaken during the night such as explained at this website as follows:

"The dominant pattern of sleep, arguably since time immemorial, was biphasic," Roger Ekirch, a sleep historian at Virginia Tech University and author of "At Day's Close: Night in Times Past" (Norton 2005), told Life's Little Mysteries, a sister site to LiveScience. "Humans slept in two four-hour blocks, which were separated by a period of wakefulness in the middle of the night lasting an hour or more. During this time some might stay in bed, pray, think about their dreams, or talk with their spouses. Others might get up and do tasks or even visit neighbors before going back to sleep."

As we drove on the highway to Hunonville, the scenery was exquisite.
Its comforting to know that awakening during the night is not unusual nor ultimately harmful.  The trick is to end up with overall sufficient sleep to function well during the day. 

There is no shoulder on the road from our vacation home to Huonville.  As a result we've had to take photos while moving, always a tricky proposition.
Last night I didn't get enough sleep leaving me to lounge in bed this morning longer than I'd prefer.   Subsequently, I didn't sit down to begin today's post until two hours after my usual starting time. 

Huon River.
Preferring to upload the day's post prior to noon (our time) I've decided to postpone the time consuming story I'll prepare and upload tomorrow regarding yesterday's visit to a worthwhile historical visit in Hobart where we spent most the afternoon.

Huon River through the trees.
After the enjoyable trip to Hobart we're determined to return once a week, weather providing, to explore more of its wonders.  Its quite a city, unlike any other we've visited in the past. 

Cloudy and overcast views of a few boats moored on the Huon River.
As a matter of fact, Tasmania is unlike any location we've visited in our 51 months of travel.  It will be hard to leave in five weeks but then, we have so much to look forward to in the future.

More sailboats moored on the river.
A point we wanted to discuss today, is the "year ago post" at the bottom of the page on each day's post.  Most of our posts reference a particular activity on which we've embarked as a result of an experience of a prior day.  Thus, when we display the "year ago photo," it was actually taken the prior day.


The Huon River is very wide in certain areas.
As an example today's "year ago photo" as shown below was taken on January 19, 2016, not on January 20th which it is today on this side of the International Dateline.  This further adds to the confusion for our readers in the North America, Europe and South America where today's date is January 19th, not the 20th as it is here.

Calla Lily growing in Anne and Rob's flower garden.
To sum this up, the "year ago photos" are generally taken the prior day or during the prior few days. We attempt to stay as current as possible in all of our posts.  If you have any questions regarding the time frame (or any other topic) for any of our posts, please feel free to contact us.

This flock of pelicans and other birds appear to be standing atop of the water when there actually standing in shallow water.
Today, its raining again and we'll stay indoors simply enjoying this lovely property, our gorgeous surroundings and each other's companionship.  Its a good day!

May you have a good day as well.
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Photo from one year ago today, January 20, 2016:
Although far and few between, we stopped at a few scenic overlooks in the rain on the drive from Auckland to New Plymouth, New Zealand, where we were staying for three months on an alpaca farm.  For more details of our arrive and a few kinks we had to adjust to, please click here.

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