Wednesday, July 29, 2009

It's not actually pink!

You can always tell the the poor tourism websites by the way they talk about the pink granite at The Gardens!

Phrases like "magnificent outcrops of pink granite, orange lichen" and so forth roll off the tongue, but unfortunately they miss out on accuracy. The granite at The Gardens is grey. In fact it is definitively grey and called Gardens Granite or Gardens Granodiorite if you want to get really technical.

Actually, if you think about it, grey and orange is a much better combination than pink and orange! Still, evolution is not necessarily fashion conscious so I suppose we'd better be thankful that it turned out that way.

If you are looking for a good escape, and are interested in staying at The Gardens, then make sure you book through a website that knows the place and what it is like ... this one for instance!

Thursday, July 16, 2009

No Tsunami for Tasmania

The image above shows the process for sending tsunami warnings in Australia.

Yesterday, after a quake south of New Zealand a "marine warning" alert was issued for the south eastern Australia, including The Gardens, and, given the The Gardens house is only metres from the beach it did spark some degree of concern. It was originally reported as up to 7.8 on the Richter scale, but later this was downgraded to 5.9.

A marine warning is a "warning of potentially dangerous waves, strong ocean currents in the marine environment and the possibility of only some localised overflow onto the immediate foreshore."

I don't think "localised overflow" would have affected the house at all, but I did like the advice "to get out of the water and move away from the immediate water's edge!" The view from the balcony would have been enough for me!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Why "The Gardens?"

This is a picture of Lady Jane Franklin, hosted on the Council of Heads of Australasian Herbaria website. She was the wife of the 1840's Lieutenant-Governor of Van Diemen's Land (as Tasmania was then known), Sir John Franklin, and an amazing woman. She was an explorer, established a private botanic garden but was perhaps slightly unimaginative as far as names go.

Apparently, she named The Gardens because of the abundance of flowers in the area. That's certainly an accurate observation even if, as I mentioned, slightly unimaginative. Unfortunately it's all downhill from there ... nearby Swimcart Creek, was named that because it was flowing strongly, and they had to swim the cart across the creek. She also named Big Lagoon - because it's, well, big!

Still she had plenty of company, when it comes to being unimaginative ... Captain James Cook named Thursday Island. Guess which day of the week they landed on it?