Recently I held a party. My mountain often being inaccessible, I chose to have my do in the next best bush place I know: The Old Brush.
Surrounded by forested ridges, it’s a green valley floor with man-made lagoons, rainforest borders, shady seats and quirky statuary – like Woodhenge. Kangaroos graze and birds abound.
It’s a small paradise that the owners are generous enough to share with the bushwalking and picnicking public.
Robert and Gail Bignell are friends, originally met when I interviewed Robert for an Owner Builder magazine story about his charming handmade bush cabin.
A professional photographer, that day Robert snuck a picture of me which later became the author photo for my book.
It had rained for weeks and continued on the party day—until the marquee and tarps had been erected beside the guest cabin down by the dam.
Then the sun came out and stayed out till the stars took over. A slightly boggy good time was apparently had by all—I left them to it at 3am—and Robert made a DVD to remind me that although I officially turned 60 I had fun doing it.
These are some of his photos. More on The Old Brush web site.