We recently celebrated my 40th birthday at one of my favourite spots on our property, a kind of natural amphitheatre on top of a hill with massive boulders and tall gums on all sides.
A midwinter outdoor birthday demands lots of warmth: there were big enamel pots full of soup warming on the cooking fire, to eat with crusty bread.And another bigger fire in the centre of it all.
And yet more words were shared by wonderful husbands and fathers..
Although it was tempting to remain beside the glowing coals of the fire long after the sun had set, we still had to get all the vehicles back across a boggy, slippery creek, so with the onset of darkness we relocated back to the house.
The highlight for me was introducing my oldest friends, many of whom travelled from interstate, to my closest ‘new’ friends. It felt like a joining of the dots of my life; a bringing together of the parts to create a whole. And sharing all this in the place we have made our home, on the land we love.
Thanks to wonderful friend and neighbour Anne Daniel for many of these photos.