We have been here for just on three months now and our first 6 weeks were spent getting to know the house, the land and the surrounding area.  I had spent the last 25 years coming to Gippsland to visit my folks and had never really gone out and been a tourist to see the area. I really didn’t know what was around, let alone all the great places to see and the beauty that is now on my doorstep.

The beauty on our doorstep. We're pretty lucky, aren't we?

Getting right into the spirit of our new country life, on our first weekend we were here we went to see a bluegrass band, The Davidson Brothers, playing at the Valencia Creek Hall.  The brothers are local Gippsland boys and are bit of a big deal in the Country and Western / Bluegrass scene.  I’d never heard of them, but I do enjoy a bit of banjo-pickin’ bluegrass.  The brothers seemed to get a buzz playing to a local full-house and even posted a picture taken from the stage on their Facebook page. As you can see, it’s what they’d call an ‘intimate’ venue, seating about 120 people; no-one had a bad seat!

New Years Eve 2013

Valencia Creek Hall is a beautiful community hall that was built in 1926 and was dedicated as a memorial to the local soldiers. It has been a focal point and a center of activity for the district ever since, including being used as a meeting place in times of trouble, such as bushfires and is well known for its display of locally historic photographs.

 Valencia Creek Hall

We returned to Valencia Creek Hall on New Year’s Eve to help ring in the New Year.   A few clever souls had brought along their campervans, so they had no worries about drink driving.  A large communal barbeque was set up ready to grill the snags and steaks that we’d brought along.  A local bush band played, there was some bush poetry and a kilted piper tootled in at the appropriate time, squeezing the goat skin bag, to let us know when to start singing “Auld Lang Syne”

Albeit slightly late here’s wishing you a happy and healthy 2014! (I’m just in time for Chinese New Year though, aren’t I?)