Good morning! Apologies for the deafening silence, but as I mentioned we’ve had a little bit going on in our family and close friends – a wedding, a new baby, a funeral. Last week we made the decision to go home to Gippsland for a brief visit, and it was just what the doctor ordered. In case we needed any reminding (we didn’t), it’s official: Gippsland is where it’s at. It’s where the sun shines, the rain falls, our friends and family live and play…and where land prices are $10,000 an acre. But let’s not think about that. South Gippy turned on the charm in spades (like it needs to try), and we came away with no doubt about it: it’s where we want to be. Eventually.
1 :: Anderson’s Inlet at Inverloch – our undeniable home nowadays. We were lucky enough to spend two days at Matt’s parents new home by the sea, I can’t get enough of South Gippsland. It’s the bees knees. Walks on the beach every morning with Tess, meeting lovely people for coffee, popping into the library with the little people, I could get used to it.
2 :: Matt’s parents new house, I love everything about it, but most of all the people it houses – especially when we’re all there at Christmas or Easter. I took this shot from the beach, so yeah…it’s not a bad location. In January Matt’s mum and I spied this gorgeous dresser at a local secondhand furniture store, I ‘let’ her have it, and am now regretting it! I would love it for a big empty wall in the farmhouse lounge room…damn it.
3 :: The gorgeous ‘Charnwood’ – one of the oldest houses in Inverloch, built by Matt’s great-grandparents who settled the area, now Matt’s mum’s cousin and her family live at ‘Charnwood’, recently beautifully restored. The street is full of homes of Matt’s mum’s cousins and sister. So lovely.
4 :: Matt’s mum’s pretty little cottage garden is taking shape at the new house, pansies and violas and lavender abound.
5 :: A walk on the beach with the boy and Tess, who came along for the ride (of course). Beautiful coastal vegetation.
6 :: THE MUESLI – Matt’s aunty’s secret recipe, available in bulk at his parents house. I think I’m going to try and replicate this week…
7 :: We traveled home to Thorpdale – our other home. Those rolling hills, sheep and red soils scream home. The view from my mum’s house.
8 :: The house I grew up in. Home.
9/10 :: Mum’s garden singing it’s Spring song. She is the master.
11 :: ‘My’ cubby house (ok I shared it with my sister reluctantly). Now my nieces play in it for hours, nestled in the back garden and full of wooden miniature kitchen furniture and a dolls highchair I used to put my cat in, dressed in a bonnet and he would drink a saucer of milk whilst I ‘baked’ some mudpies in the oven. The perfect spot for a drink of an evening, Matt on the barbeque, blissful.
Joining up with Em @ The Beetle Shack for this weeks Stills: A Weekly Collection.