Daylesford expedition

Pepper and I went on an expedition to Daylesford and Hepburn yesterday.  After quite a few hot weeks, we’d nearly run out of mineral water so I’d loaded boxes of empties onto the back of the ute before I went to pick Pepper up from Creswick library.  One story book later, we hit the road.

Tipperary Springs is one of many natural mineral springs in the Daylesford Hepburn area, and they all taste slightly different.  Tipperary is probably my favourite.

190 bottles filled by hand pump… a personal best and I was pretty glad I didn’t have any more.  Pepper helped with the pumping for a few dozen bottles, and varied the task by also volunteering to screw on the lids.  We’d taken ‘the friends’ (a varied group of small toys that travel together in an old plastic mushroom container) and a pirate card game so they also came out to play.  A couple of other groups of travellers visited: an older couple towing a caravan who’d also driven across from Creswick and had no idea where they’d end up that night (nice way to wander!) then a young Jewish couple from Melbourne with their five kids.  The Dad had come to Tipperary when he was a kid; some of his kids tasted the water but they all hated it so I’m not sure visiting the Springs is going to become an inter-generational ritual.

[Here’s Pepper having proudly matched all the cards in the pirate game!]

Filling the bottles took so long that when we then went to Melliodora (via the Daylesford tip) for a social catch up with David and Su it was lunchtime.  Luckily, we had sandwiches and our freshly minted mineral water to share.  It was a big table; the usual Melliodora/Holmgren Design Services staff plus three WWOOFers, Beck Lowe (who can’t have been editing Retrosuburbia because it’s at the printers but was doubtless doing some useful task!) and a couple of extras; Osti working on website things and Imogen filming him working on website things.

We had a fleeting visit with Nick & Speedy working on mushroom stuff before Nick headed to Sydney to teach an Intro to Permaculture weekend.

After a lovely chatty lunch and a story on the couch afterwards ( The Tale of Pigling Bland, Beatrix Potter 1913) we swung by 3 Op Shops in Daylesford where we bought some books and a wooden plank with three coat hooks on it (for the back of the door in the composting toilet).

Home by four o’clock and that was yesterday’s big expedition.  A fun, social and productive day with my gorgeous youngest daughter.  We’ve had Thursdays and Fridays together for a couple of years but all that will change next week when she starts Primary School.   I know every age and stage in children’s lives is special… but I shall miss Thursdays and Fridays with Pepper. 🙂