When I go to Melbourne for the tennis each January, I stay with my friend, Diane, whom I have known since the end of 1972. Each visit, we do touristy things and maybe take in a musical. This year, Di organised a trip through Gippsland, staying the Saturday night at her cousin's farm just outside Bena. The farm is owned by Robyn and her husband, Brian. Until recently, they had been living mainly in Frankston, but just recently they moved onto the farm, Brindalea Oaks, permanently.
The previous owner still runs his cattle by agistment on the property. Brian is undergoing extensive tree planting under the LandCare programme, to manage erosion on the relatively step slopes, and also to improve the quality of the soil.
On the property, there are dotted reminders of the history of the property which is a fraction under 100 acres. The 100 acre size is important, because in Victoria only properties OVER 100 acres can have new residences built on them. Under this acreage limit, requires renovations only. The sheds in these images are reminders of the piggery run by the second generation of the Twite family.
The title of this post refers to the advert for tourism to the Yarra Valley, purely because the rolling hills of this part of Gippsland reminded me so much of parts of the Yarra Valley that we visited at this time in 2009, just immediately prior to the devastating bush fires.