AWAY AGAIN // Marlo, Australia

I have scheduled this post ahead of time, so by the time it becomes public Chris and I will be away in India! Undoubtedly I will have a million and one photos to share upon my return, but in the mean time I wanted to share a few photos from early November when I took a quick trip to far East Gippsland to visit my Dad at his new home.

Marlo is even further east than Lakes Entrance, where Dad has been living for the past 12 months. Chris and I checked it out last summer as we explored the area. It is a very small town, but located at a very beautiful part of the country.

Despite looking sunny in these photos, it was freezing cold all weekend due to horrible winds. This made being outside quite unpleasant, so I only managed a couple of small walks. Summer trips to visit Dad will be fabulous though, as this town transforms into a busy location for holiday makers coming to the beach.

In the above photo you can vaguely see where the Snowy River meets with the ocean.

The view from Dad’s house is equally as terrible.

All up it takes a bit over five hours to drive to Marlo from Melbourne, making it a bit of a hike. There are a number of places nearby I am hoping to check out during my next visit, such as Buchan Caves.

In completely different news, upon returning from our overseas holiday I will be commencing full time work! Sure, I will have to work around only having four weeks of annual leave a year, but I will have a stable income to invest into travel, as well as having weekends at my leisure to gallivant around the countryside. I am feeling incredibly lucky as to how quickly everything has fallen into place since finishing uni – so watch this space!

– Reanna

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SPRING RACING // Yarra Glen, Australia

Yes, another sporting public holidays for Victorians. Despite the weather not boding well, Chris and I took advantage of another day off and headed out to the Yarra Glen Melbourne Cup Races. This is actually the same race racecourse we visited a few weeks back for the Great Southern Beer & Cider Festival!

Neither of us care too much for racing, despite never having really been before. We thought it might be a bit of fun to dress up and have a picnic at the racecourse (the benefit of country races). Yarra Glen is a bit over an hour out of Melbourne via public transport, which made it fairly accessible.

The weather looked ominous most of the day, as rain was forecast. Thankfully we managed to stay quite dry!

An elusive couple photo appears.

The races themselves were not terribly exciting – I have mixed feelings about the whole industry that we reinforced by this, but this is not the space to go into such views!

For Chris and I the highlight of the day was people watching, a bit of an immersive cultural experience, if you will. Oh, and seeing an elderly gentleman absolutely destroy the much younger field of men in ‘Fashions on the Field’. He spent at least ten minutes killing it in front of a camera after being crowned the winner.

An interesting, and cold, day.

– Reanna