A little getaway part 1

It was our wedding anniversary on Monday, we celebrated with our family of five (two teenage boys and Ruby the naughty dog) by staying overnight in Daylesford. Daylesford is an old gold mining town, in the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. Our accommodation was a dog friendly cottage called Maple. It was lovely, old wisteria vines covered the front verandah and it was high above the town. You might be interested to see the solar panels on its old tin roof.

My teenage son drove there, he’s learning to drive, which I find a little nerve wracking at times, so we started our stay with a strong coffee, in the main street to recover (don’t tell him I said that).  Later in the afternoon we walked with Ruby, and found the mineral springs which Daylesford is famous for. You pump the gently fizzing water out of the ground, it was lovely. We walked along a dirt track, surrounded by towering gums and breathed in the clean bush air. At the end of the walk a beautiful fungus caught my eye, softly gleaming like polished gemstones.

I love the old buildings in Daylesford. There are grand buildings but I really like the tiny miners cottages. We came across the tiniest house I think I’ve ever seen. I wonder who built it and who lived there? It makes me think, that we really have made our lives over complicated in modern life.

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45 thoughts on “A little getaway part 1

  1. Happy Anniversary! Marriage is such a beautiful gift to be cherished and celebrated! Wonderful pictures, I love the well! The tree images are rather awesome too. Have a great upcoming weekend

  2. Congratulations on your anniversary, that’s pretty special. You take really amazing photos, do you have a fancy camera or are you simply an excellent photographer? It’s an area that has been plaguing me for a while….

    • My camera is about 8 years old. It is a Nikon D50 and was a good middle of the road camera when I got it. I think that cameras are probably a lot fancier now, but I really like this camera. It has a macro setting for closeups of tiny things. I did study photography for a couple of years at art teacher’s college which I’m sure comes in handy. There is a terrific free photo editor called PicMonkey that you might want to have a play with. It’s great for cropping and changing the exposure and also has some fancy effects if you like that stuff. Just google picmonkey to find it. Some of its features are not free, but all the basic ones are and it’s very user friendly. I hope this is useful🙂

  3. Happy Anniversary! And thank you for sharing it with us! Your photos were lovely as always, and made me feel like I was part of a little slice of your life🙂

  4. Many Congratulations Jen !
    It looks a lovely place to spend some time together … the little bench on the front verandah of the house looks very inviting .
    Love the fungus … yes polished gemstones or coloured contour lines from a map .
    Look forward to part 2😉

  5. Happy Anniversary. I can sympathize with you on the teen driving. I taught the two of mine. Your pictures are gorgeous, that is my kind of vacation getaway. I don’t care for big hotels or cities with what I call tourist traps. Those little houses are adorable, but it’s the blue one with the red trim and porch that caught my eye, and that gate!! It’s awesome.

    • The gate caught my eye too. Interestingly as you look around Daylesford, you can see lots of this rusty type of sculpture. There are a couple of local artists who specialise in this type of thing and also some that make wonderful sculptures from rusty old fencing wire.

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