For Becky’s squares challenge.
For Becky’s challenge I decided to look up the trees I’ve looked up.
Richmond Gaol (old spelling of jail) in Tasmania is the oldest intact gaol in Australia. It holds a wealth of artefacts and stories, including the one about Ikey Solomon, an inmate used as the basis for Dickens’ character, Fagan, in Oliver Twist (https://www.ccc.tas.gov.au/places/richmond-gaol/).
This photo, for Becky’s squares, is of the exercise yard and I thought that the tree must have been witness to many an interesting conversation.
The gaol was used to house both make and female prisoners, and even though the ideal number of inmates was about 60, there are records showing that around 100 have been there at a time. Not just interesting conversation, perhaps.
The next yard over was the punishment area, where whippings, or floggings, were held every second day. No hanging tree, though.
In a suburb of Wollongong, NSW, is the NanTien Buddhist temple, the largest of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere.
The gardens are beautiful and carefully arranged to add to the peaceful ambience. This tree-lined stairway was an inspiring start to our visit and for more tree inspirations, go to Becky’s page.
For Becky’s squares, the Georgian-style St Luke’s church, 1836, whose entrance is flanked by a couple of imposing pines.
The church is one of the oldest in Australia and the oldest original, intact church in Tasmania.
Sheoaks in Hobart, looking like sketches in this stand. Allocasuarina are endemic to the south of Australia and today they are squarely in Becky’s challenge.
In many parts of the world, and Australia is no exception, the building of dams and other changes to the natural water course, results in many trees being flooded and they die. The ghostly outlines of what remains stretch as far as the eye can see, accusing fingers pointing to the sky.
These trees are part of Becky’s square challenge.
The Murray would be the longest river in the world, but when they were exploring they started at one end and named it, not realising it was connected to the other end, which someone else named something different.
Oh well, world records aren’t everything.
All squared up for Becky’s squares this month.
Can you spot them in the long shot?
They’re for Becky’s squares.