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Journeys : Oct Nov 2011
My slice of the island Anthea Wallhead In Tasmania today Ilive and work on Underwood’s Hill, which overlooks the coastal village of Kettering, south of Hobart. My husband and I bought seven hectares of forested hillside in 1977 and moved into a log cabin we had built by hand in 1981. We cut down trees that had been burnt in the 1967 bushfires and hauled logs through the bush. Building the cabin, layer by layer, made us feel we belonged to the forest. We loved the wet rainforest eucalypts, wattles, manferns and mosses that grew there, but not so much the leeches and snakes! By contrast, the house we had built for the family, including our sons Robert and Peter, is about 300 metres above sea level. On clear days, I can see beyond Bruny Island, as far as Cape Raoul on the Tasman Peninsula. In summer, it is very easy to relax outside, enjoy the natural surroundings and observe the birdlife, from wedge-tailed eagles to beautiful firetails. There is always something to see on the water too, like the Bruny Island ferry and yachts sailing in the D’Entrecasteaux Channel. In winter, the top of the hill can be snow-covered for shor t times; in spring the yellow wattle blossom spreads out between the stands of eucalypts and in autumn, the house is either wreathed in mist or sunny while the valley is foggy. The D’Entrecasteaux Channel area is my favour ite slice of the island, because the people I have met have a strong sense of community, and their attitude to newcomers and visitors is always welcoming. This is evident whether they 48 October / November 2011
MNJ Aug Sep 2011