|The shoreline is packed tight with pricey apartments and condos.|
Recently, while awaiting the package from the US, sent on February 10th, we both began obsessively watching the tracking information for the US Postal Service based on a tracking number provided us by our mailing service in Nevada. The package never seemed to move much after that date.
|Property prices is outrageous in Australia especially close to the larger cities such as Sydney. with hilly terrain, many have ocean front and ocean views.|
Finally, it arrived in Tasmania last Wednesday and our prior landlord, Anne shipped it to our address here in Fairlight. For over 72 hours it never moved from Hobart. Finally, this morning, we noted it was shipped to a processing station near Sydney. If all goes well, it will arrive tomorrow. We're both tentatively excited about its arrival.
|A peek through the trees.|
After paying AU $528, US $400 for Fed Ex international express shipping plus the cost of the laptop at AU $956, US $730 (including sales tax) our total cost for the laptop is AU $1,480 US $1,130.
|Apartments, condos and small coop type properties are the main focus for rentals with high rents in most areas.|
|Rooftops in Australia decades ago were all red clay tiles. Now that homes have been rebuilt to include second stories, spotting a red roof is less common.|
Today, with baited breath we wait with a note encased in plastic taped to the mailbox, hoping sometime in the next several hours the laptop with arrive. Tomorrow, perhaps the other package will arrive as well.
|A few areas along the coast are undeveloped or included private homes nestled in the trees.|
|Views of bays and the open sea create a breathtaking backdrop.|
As for today's photos...they were all taken from this popular tourist spot in the nearby hills. The below photo includes a portion of the story of the origin of Arabanoo, an Aboriginal man who was kidnapped by marines in 1788 with more following below.
|Interesting story. More may be found here or below.|
This article was published in Australian Dictionary of Biography, Volume 1, (MUP), 1966
Arabanoo (d.1789), Aboriginal man, was captured at Manly on 31 December 1788 by order of Governor Arthur Phillip, who wished to learn more about the natives. Arabanoo was taken to the settlement where a convict was appointed to guard him; he was at first pleased by a handcuff on his wrist, believing it to be an ornament, but became enraged when he discovered its purpose.
Then a severe epidemic of smallpox broke out among the Aboriginals in April 1789, several who had been found in great distress were brought to Sydney where Arabanoo helped to care for them; he caught the disease himself and died on or about 18 May. He was buried in the governor's garden.
One contemporary account gives his age as about 30 and another as about 24. He was not tall, but 'robustly made', with a thoughtful face and a soft, musical voice; his disposition was mild and gentle, but 'the independence of his mind never forsook him'. During his brief sojourn among the colonists he became a general favourite, and Phillip records that he gave them much information about the language and customs of his people."
May your day meet all of your expectations!
Photo from one year ago today, April 3, 2016:
|Tom stood on the witness stand in the old courthouse at the Taranaki Pioneer Village, a style that may be seen in more modern day courthouses throughout the world. See story and more photos here.|