My home is Tasmania which is Australia's only island state. Positioned
south of Victoria across Bass Strait it experiences more temperate daytime
temperatures than mainland states. Winters can be very cold especially
in the highland lakes districts where snow can fall many times during
the year. Cold spells originate from weather coming from the west or
south where winds from the Antarctic keep temperatures down. Summers
can be occasionally hot but mostly daytime temperatures would rarely
exceed 30 degrees. The west coast of Tasmania has the world's freshest air and cleanest
rain-water thanks to the Roaring Forties traveling many
thousands of kilometres across the Indian Ocean.
Because of its isolation from mainland Australia Tasmania is protected
from many of the pests and diseases affecting fruit orchards and
farm crops. Tasmania's climate suits apple orchards, hops farming
used in the making of beer, and honey production from leatherwood
and other exotic flowering plants.
The major population centres are Tasmania's capital city, Hobart, in the south,
followed by Launceston, Burnie and Devonport in the north of the state.
Smaller towns are also scattered throughout Tasmania most of which
have historical significance dating back to colonial convict
days. Tasmania is a favourite holiday destination for many mainlanders
seeking a purer lifestyle and clean, rugged environment. Many
tourists also come to Hobart on the frequent cruise ships
entering the Derwent River and birthing at a Hobart pier.
I live with my wife in an award winning solar-passive
home that reduces
heating and electrical usage with its double-glazing and large
north-facing windows. I love photography and you will find some of
my favourite Tasmanian photos displayed on the home page each time you visit
my website. It is a privilege to live in such a beautiful and peaceful place. God
has blessed this nation greatly, but times are changing and not for the better.
We are both Christians who are alarmed by the fast
demise of the evangelical Christian church, and the spread and
growth of evil in our western civilization and culture. I believe we are at a
turning point in history and can see many signs pointing to the
beginning of the great end-time events predicted by Jesus and the
Old Testament prophets. This website shares my thoughts and
inspirations on the Bible. And because I am an Aspie I often look at life,
Scripture and being a Christian differently from other people. You may find that my aim is to
be precise in the interpretation of Scripture, as I see it, avoiding obvious
ambiguities in explanations. I certainly don't claim to have a key to all of God's knowledge or to understand everything
God has made known in His Bible, but I take delight in meditating on His word and waiting for His illumination on the Scriptures that I read. Because there
are many things to learn about Him, I am sure these studies will prove to be inspirational for me too.
Hopefully my musings are challenging and thought-provoking. So happy reading.
Ross – One of our favourite Tassie towns
Ross is a small tourist town along the Midlands Highway between
Hobart and Launceston. As a stop-over for travellers it
offers a number of bakery-cafes as well as the usual nick-nack
shops selling memorabilia. A favourite spot for us is Ross Uniting
Church pictured above. The morning
sun shines through its stained glass windows filling
the church with magnificent coloured light.