Thu 7 Feb 2013 12:01
At anchor Cornelian Bay, Hobart
Wind: Southwest to southeast F4-6 moderate to fresh breeze
Weather: Sunny, warm
It has been a bit too windy to venture ashore for much of the day, which was fine by me as I felt no overwhelming desire to do so. Instead I have had a relaxing day on board, doing a few chores, a bit of reading, and even a bit of study. This evening the wind died down, as it usually does, so I put the sail on the dinghy and reconnoitred the Bay.
Cornelian Bay is a pretty little spot. A lush green sports field is at its head, on its northern headland is a cemetery hidden in the bush - I may go and peruse the headstones tomorrow, and on its southern headland are a bunch of colourful stilt-borne timber shacks sitting out over the water in charming higgledy piggledy disarray, smoke stacks a kilter and walls at funny angles, with nary a straight line between them. I got chatting to one of the occupants as I walked past. Fergie told me a little of their history. Apparently they were built in the late 1800's as wealthy people's boatsheds, then for a period one of them, which used to be much bigger, was a dance hall and the others were for working girls. Then, during the depression years, they provided some people cheap housing, and now they are holiday shacks. A few years back the local council wanted to tear them down, but fortunately, at least in my opinion, the heritage council stepped in and now they are protected, so a small but interesting piece of architecture and Hobart history lives on. Perhaps I will try to take some photos. Unfortunately it is forecast to be another windy day tomorrow.
All is well.