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.
Maree (Fergie51) says
Well, there you go. Another blogger so close to home and with family and friends of many I know as well I believe. Some lovely shots of the beautiful rolling Thorpy landscape. Such a beautiful vision. Cheers
I’m from Bairnsdale, further east again and on the Gippsland Lakes – have lived in Melbourne for over 20 years but still call that part of the world home so I understand where you are coming from. Great shots!
Heiress Emma says
Hello. I have been reading for ages but have never commented before. I just wanted to say that I share your love for South Gippsland. My grandparents lived in Fish Creek and now we try to get down there (my husband and I live in Sydney) once a year at least. It always feels like coming home and the sense of peace is amazing. I was so glad to read of someone else’s appreciation for the area!
Hello! Thanks so much for commenting, I was lucky enough to grow up in South Gippsland (well just, Thorpdale, in the Strezlecki Ranges, a bit more mid-Gippsland). It’s not until you go away and come back you realise just how special the place is, we’re pretty lucky to have grown up there and have family living there. Hopefully one day we’ll call it home again! E x
Oh wow I wish I had that certainty about where I want to end up one day, to settle permanently. I have so many places that grab my heart because of the area or the people. That is such a beautiful area.
All beautiful! You have introduced me to a new place to add to my “go to someday” list!
AMAZING! Looking forward to reading your beautiful blog! its WOW! xoxo
Em @ the Beetle Shack says
holy perfection. looks amazing lady!
Wowsers, what a pretty bunch of photos. Your cubby house memories conjure up the sweetest images, how special! I’ll be sure that we spend time in South Gippsland when we eventually make our way back east.
Beautiful photos. Those gardens are gorgeous! x
Looks so beautiful and such wonderful childhood memories with that cute cubby house….Regards Kathy A, Brisbane, Australia
Lovely photos! I havn’t visited this part of the country yet myself but it looks nice 🙂
Incredibly beautiful photos. I’ve just started my farm adventure living in WA with my boyfriend and we’re in the process of deciding what to do with our giant farmhouse, I’ve found some great inspiration here, thank you x
You should introduce me to those lovely people you have coffee with!
And yes, BEES KNEES. DUCKS NUTS. It only took us about 12 moves and 3 countries to find our patch of bliss.
Oh well I’ve got another couple of moves and countries to catch you then 😉
Beautiful photos Emma…I am a South Gippsland girl too, born and bred on a dairy farm…I love going back and now our family’s favourite holiday destination is Inverloch..I love it! You’ve taken me there this morning..so thankyou. Hope you have a good week. xx
Popping over from the Beetle Shack! What beautiful images and a beautiful place! And the weather looked like it played nice for your visit
Alli @ Ducks on the dam says
Sometimes all we need is a bit of family loving to get us back on track. We ventured down to Inverloch for the first time last summer hols. Dear friends from where we live have a holiday house there and invited us down. I am hoping that we behaved ourselves well enough to receive another invite for this summer!