Just to let you know I am alive and well down here in Australia. Been very busy with limited access top computers. Couple of photos from the Edge of The World which is at the mouth of the Arther River in North West Tasmainia. The first one feature's me and a small stone pillar that tells you this is the edge of the world. The sea behind is the Roaring Forties which wander round the world until they hit Tassie. Looking out to sea the next land is South America, Argentina to be precise. Looking south it's Antarctica and to the north is mainland Australia. Not a lot here at the Edge of the World, very desolate, just a few holiday homes and great views.
The second picture shows a pile of logs. Last time I was here I thought they had been brought here by the sea but it turns out this area was extensively logged in the later 19th century. The loggers cut trees down along the river and let them float down stream where they were sorted into two piles. These are the rejected pile. Not just the pile you can see but the whole coast here is littered with similar piles of hundred year old timber. The 3rd photo was taken when I was here 2 years ago. Despite the constant waves beating against this coast line not much has changed, just the log in the foreground has turned over. Much of Tassie is still being cut down but the conservationist and a reduction in the demand for wood pulp is slowing the extent down, hopefully soon to a complete stop.
PS If you are thinking of visiting Australia have a look at Tassie, it's a beautiful place, lots to see.