Skipping stones along the river near Warburton.

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Warburton River

We walked through deep and still forest to sit and play around the roughly 500 year old ‘Ada Tree’ beforehand. The Ada Tree is said to be one of the oldest Mountain Ash trees in Victoria. To my eyes it’s similar to many that I’ve seen in the Otways – although many have had their top twisted off in heavy storms, whilst their strong base remains completely intact and possibly supported by underground networks of fungi that share and disperse nutrients between neighbouring trees to make the forest stronger as a whole.

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Following that we got some natural spring water near the top of a mountain.

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I was blessed to have awesome journeys around Victoria this weekend. Only this afternoon did I realise how wide I travelled. From the early ranges of the East, running a tour down to Phillip Island, to Kyneton in the North and slightly West for the joy and appreciation of the ‘Lost Trades Fair’, and then topped off with a visit to an absolutely wonderful property romantically lit by the early Autumn sun beaming golden light through soft clouds and shaken up dust along the Bass coast with a view stretching over Western Port Bay, French Island and the Mornington Peninsula.

Lost Trades Fair: 

Lost Trades Fair 2018

 

Lost Trades Fair 2018

 

Whilst I often enjoy, dream of and further plan for further around Australia and beyond, I sometimes forget the full beauty and richness of the land around me. From the history of our original keepers and dreamers of the land, the early explorers and prospectors (among others), all the way to modern ‘conveniences’ that can lead us away from spending time with the things that matter most, today I felt very happy

 

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