Small Hills to Large

Alpine Way             Every morning we are still experiencing the thrill of waking up living in the beautiful hills of the Dandenong Ranges. Last week though I had to swap our hills for some that are slightly larger.

I had to travel to the Snowy Mountains for work. This was my very first time driving there myself, and the longest drive I had done on my own.

My GPS has a mind of it’s own and likes to take me on journey’s that do not always involve the most direct route. That is what it decided to do on this trip.

Leaving home it took me via almost every back road it could through to Yea, and then via Bonnie Doon until it at last decided we could join the Hume Hwy at Benalla. Following a stop at the local Benalla Bakery for lunch, it was back to chancing my luck with the GPS again.

It took me through Corryong and then onto Alpine Way. This road takes you through some magnificent scenery, Including views of Mt Kosciuszko, and the Snowy Hydro system. Snowy Hydro  It also consists of narrow cuttings and around 100kms of dry windy road.

The sun was starting to go down as I passed Thredbo, and kangaroos were appearing on the side of the road. I wasn’t just worried about hitting one of them, but there is also the very real danger of hitting a wild horse or deer.

It was an exhausted me that finally reached Jindabyne, and after a quick dinner, that motel bed certainly was good.

My GPS failed to behave on the way home as well, deciding that I need to take a 60km detour to Cooma.

I think I have the version that came with the optional sense of adventure button. I would love to hear from anyone else who has a GPS that leads them astray.



Who doesn’t want a little romance?

She Walks In Beauty

Lord Byron (1788-1844)

Arguably the most romantic poem in English literature, Byrons words are hauntingly beautiful.

The opening stanza is:

She walks in beauty, like the night
Of cloudless climes and starry skies;
And all that’s best of dark and bright
Meet in her aspect and her eyes;
Thus mellowed to that tender light
Which heaven to gaudy day denies.


Everyone loves a little romance, so consider spoiling someone you love soon.

Our cottages at Glenview Retreat have everything to help you capture that perfect romantic time together.

Just imagine strolling gently, hand in hand down to nearby Emerald Lake, where you can play on the paddleboats.

Perhaps you prefer to stay in and enjoy champagne, chocolates and a spa in the privacy of your own cottage.

Water feature in the gardens at Glenview Retreat
Water feature in the gardens at Glenview Retreat

Sleep in late then wake to a continental breakfast.

Why not wander into Emerald’s famous bakery for lunch or dine in one of the many restaurants?

For those early risers it is only a short trip to the Yarra Valley for an early morning balloon ride.

Let us help you plan the perfect romantic escape – you know you both deserve it.





Life In the Hills


On the 26th of October we loaded two large removals trucks with all our worldly possessions and set of for a 30 minute drive to our new home in Emerald.

Thirty minutes in time but a whole different world awaited us.

We could have been forgiven for wondering what had possessed us to move when we saw our new lounge room full to the brim with more than 160 boxes, all waiting to be unpacked. But a glance out the window saw a family of kookaburras sitting on our porch rail, waiting to be fed.

Who knew how noisy kookaburras can be, if they are kept waiting for their dinner.

Anyone who knows me, would know that up until this point I have had a fear of birds. Being attacked multiple times by magpies last year, only served to strengthen this fear. But here I was hand feeding kookaburras.

How could you not fall in love with their cheeky looks, and quizzical glances.

Now in our new home, priorities are a little different when we get home.

We still greet our two dopey dogs, with their madly wagging tails, but then it is of to the fridge to get dinner for our feathered friends. It is so wonderful how the stress of the day melts when you are in beautiful surrounds this close to nature.

And we are even more blessed. Kookaburras are only one species of bird that lands on our porch waiting for a treat.

More news on the others and lots more pictures to come.

Bye for tonight from the folk in the hills.