Trip to South Gippsland – October 17/18, 2015

Jo and I were invited to a 60th birthday party in Foster, about 180 km SE of Melbourne. Initially the party was supposed to be on Saturday at 1 PM but due to a death in the family, it was postponed to Sunday. We had booked our accommodation, so we stayed with the plan and did things in reverse. We travelled via the Latrobe Valley, through the Strezlecki Ranges to Thorpdale and Boolarra, dropping in on a teardrop caravan manufacturer on the way.

Lush farmland near Thorpdale

Lush farmland near Thorpdale

We travelled through the managed forests south of Boolarra, along the Grand Ridge Road, then on down to the semi coastal town of Foster.grand ridge road2

We then settled in our motel, caught up with some friends for dinner at the local pub. After breakfast we had some time to kill so we decided to head over to Walkerville and Fish Creek. On the way we spotted Foster’s beautiful gardens. This garden displayed your usual suspects like rhododendrons and northern hemisphere exotics.rhodies

But some lovely natives were sneaking in too. Like this tree ferntree fern foster

and this Callistemoncallistemon at foster

And this beauty as welljo bridge foster

To be continued.

Ha Long Bay: Grey

In 2013, we visited Vietnam and part of that extraordinary country is Ha Long Bay. It rained and rained; we encountered some trickery on the boat we were travelling on as well. Despite all this we still managed to see what a beautiful place Ha Long Bay is.

A break in the weather

A break in the weather

Lack of environmental control 1

Lack of environmental control 1

Lack of environmental control 2

Lack of environmental control 2

Added for Ailsa’s travel theme: Grey

Travel theme: Independence

Owning my first car as most certainly a milestone in term of independence. I just wanted to get right out of those suburbs. When I got to where I wanted to go, I needed to be further away, as remote as I could be, away from 4WDs and trail bikes. I saw  a lot. This was indeed a very special time for me.michael at gmaggie

Was no muscle car like what some of my friends had, but you wouldn’t believe places it took me. I also had to swallow my independence one day and be towed out of a ditch by a farmer who paid out on me big time. Added for Ailsa’s travel theme: Independenceindependence 1 independence 5 independence 4 independence 3 independence 2