This morning after reading a comment left by Tony (another proud Victorian) I thought about just how beautiful this State and indeed this country( Australia) is.When people think of Australia, there is a tendency to immediately associate it with red dust, salt bush and the out back but there is so much more to it than that.
I grew up in Morwell, Latrobe Valley, Gippsland, Victoria (and shifted to the Gippsland Lakes later) . It is the gateway to the beautiful Strezleckis via Grand Ridge Road, which leads to Mirboo Nth and further to Leongatha, Wonthaggi and Inverloch. For the more adventurous, there is the trip over the Strezleckis via the Jerralangs ( much easier now that it is sealed and not a dirt road), down to Dumbalk, Foster then the magnificent Wilsons Prom. via the Sth Gippsland Highway. I have memories of many happy trips down to Foster with my first b/f for week ends away and also doing the weekly trip up the Grand Ridge Road from Morwell to Mirboo Nth and the tiny hairdressing salon we opened once a week for the local ladies to come, be pampered and catch up on all the district goss! We (another hairdresser/ colleague) used to travel up there in the most basic V W Beetle, with no heating or radio, which was fine in summer but unbearable in the winter months. The journey itself was and is still spectacular with various ferns and greenery lining the road and the fragrance of the bush, which was somehow comforting.I recommend visiting Tony Middleton’s site, http://tonymiddleton.wordpress.com/ to see the magnificent scenery , which I do miss living here in Melbourne. 🙂