Last weekend Eva got to play in the snow for the first time. She has seen snow from inside warm buildings before when she was very little. Also it was the first time that Srijana and Lokraj had seen snow despite living in Nepal where there are lots of mountains with snow!
Although the snow was not very deep at this stage of the season it was good enough for some tobogganing. Eva enjoyed the thrill of zooming down the hill which is no surprise seeing as she is a bit of an adrenaline junkie on the playground! Lokraj and Andrew enjoyed going fast on their runs without Eva. I had forgotten how much work goes into preparing and packing up snow clothes! Eva looked just adorable in her snow suit toddling around. Quite a contrast from her cuteness in the warmth recently.
We enjoyed the snow at Lake Mountain, near Marysville a town heavily affected by the Black Saturday Bushfires of February 2009. Visiting Marysville and experiencing the shock of seeing so much destruction evident 19 months later was saddening. I was amazed at how much rebuilding was going on through the town. There are lots of new houses under construction, people brave enough to move back to the land and recreate their homes. What is strange is that there are barely any trees anywhere with nothing but empty land between houses. So many businesses were also burnt down with some now rebuilt and several operating from shipping containers. There is a new modern community rebuilding project building which is totally different to the old buildings that were there. We can’t imagine what it was like to live through the fires and through the rebuilding. We are so pleased to have been able to support the community through our very short visit and encourage anyone to do the same.
We stayed in a cabin in the Caravan Park which Srijana thought was so amazing that she wanted it for her home in Melbourne. Sadly they have just moved into a very old, rundown rental house which she just can’t get clean she says! We had delicious takeaway from the only shop selling food in Marysville and watched the footy finals.
This was the first weekend that Steavenson Falls had been open for visitors. The valley of the falls and river were destroyed by the heat of the fire and have begun to regenerate but have a long way to go.