Almost every Easter for the past 16 years we have camped in tents or cabins with friends from Melbourne. It all started when we were at North Ringwood Uniting Church in Melbourne and continued with our moves to Horsham and then Adelaide. After quite a few years of attending or running Easter camps, the weekend away has become a relational constant through our many moves of house and job. We look forward to the company and to exploring some new part of south-Eastern Australia.
Often we have created our own Easter worship and reflection times, and occasionally also drop in on local churches to share in their services.
This year we and another family stayed at Gunyah Valley Retreat east of Bendigo, a house that was to be someone’s retirement home on a farm. A great venue and location, surrounded by scrub with a dam, a fireplace and even a pianola - but it meant 2 days of driving for a four day weekend.
We spent Saturday visiting nearby Heathcote - a farmer’s market, tasting some local wines (Peregrine Ridge highly recommended) and a lovely platter lunch at the Heathcote Wine Hub, then a drive to see some of the vine country to the north. Night-time was spent making pizzas and defeating Sauron in the Lord of the Rings board game.