Della: ‘This morning’s light frost and valley fog has left us with a glorious winter day. Climbing our hill just now to get the sheep down for their pre-lambing injections I was struck anew by our wonderful home vista. I don’t climb up to see this every day, but perhaps I should: It has certainly given me a better cardio workout than a morning at the gym! The power station steam is Yallourn’s, not Hazelwood’s chimneys in the foreground which have sadly puffed their last. Loy Yang is on the right hand side, visible to the naked eye but not showing up amidst the mist in this picture. Our valley of plenty!’
We ‘chose’ such a serendipitous spot to live (because it was at the time very cheap) thirty years ago: in the winter we are just above the fog and just below the cloud. The winter sunlight wakes us every morning streaming in our living room windows brightly. Mid-morning we always witness the fog rising and wafting by us quickly up the valley.
Our back fence marks the beginning of a continuous band of forest which stretches all along the South Gippsland Coast to Foster/Wilsons Prom so that we are often visited by koalas, kangaroos, wallabies, deer etc – and of course by a myriad of different bird species, including very rare creatures such as this one (http://www.theultralighthiker.com/white-headed-pigeon/) and this (http://www.theultralighthiker.com/water-babies/) We often take a walk further up the valley where there are enchanting fern gullies and waterfalls. Just pottering around our (ever expanding) garden any day you will be able to see (at any given time) a couple of dozen different species of birds from any single vantage.
For more such views (and video) see http://www.theultralighthiker.com/drone-hunting/
PS: We have the first and most genetically diverse flock of Finnsheep in Australia which has supplied hyper-fertile genetics to the Australian sheep industry and for export for over thirty years. Ewes are just about to lamb – naturally bitterly cold rain is forecast! If you want to purchase some (or find out more) contact us via our website: http://www.finnsheep.com/index.htm