Old habits die hard...

While it has been a life-long habit

to rise early, write for an hour, swim laps, breakfast and then head to work.

I now no longer do laps or go to work...

However, I still get up early,

work on my PC for a couple of hours

and then breakfast with Mary.

The fun now, being an older with time to play,

I never know where Google, TROVE  and community commentary will take me.

Flood Map - Water level elevation

Parish of Moorpanyal - section 1875

It is totally logical, therefore, that Fyansford should be located               exactly where it is.

Playing with maps

This morning I started researching how Fyansford’s topography

had influenced its development.

But, it wasn't long before I was distracted by early maps etc.

You might find the following sites fun to visit:


Recreating the Country Home-Page


Recreating the country ~ Webpage 


Discover more about the website’s 5 learning pathways:

1. Be challenged
Design landscapes that are rich in wildlife, are sustainable and productive
2. Be informed

    Learn about the Indigenous Flora of the Geelong District

3. Be entertained

    Short stories about nature based on actual events and real people

Stories for Children

Amie and the Intoxicated Kangaroos

The Little Green Caterpillar

Stories about the natural world



Richard's Sweet Rewards

Coxy's Curse

Dreamtime story of how the River Red Gum came to be

4. Be inspired 

    Seeds The monthly chronicle

Finding out the truth about a disturbing ancient past leads Tristan Grey on a remarkable journey that only he can take

5. Read Stephen's latest blog

Recreating the country ~ Blog 

Because of Fyansford's proximity to the Barrabool Hills, I found the following blogs of particular interest and relevance:


Ancient Australian culture – Cool Burning


  • European culture and its battle with nature

  • The First Australians partner with nature

  • The ancient art/science/spiritualism of cool burning

  • Cool burning - how it was done

  • The CFA burn for comparison


Ancient Australian culture - welcome to country smoking ceremony


Barrabool hills vegetation. Part 1 – From ancient rainforests


Barrabool Hills Vegetation. Part 2 – The Arrival of Homo Sapiens


Vegetation of Barrabool Hills - Part 3.  Its Original & Natural Condition In 1835. – Plant Density


  • 1835 – Walking the Hills with Wedge and Buckley

  • What can the Colonial artists tell us?

  • Barro:aabil

  • Colonial farmers

  • The McWilliams map

  • Putting together the pieces of the puzzle


Vegetation of Barrabool Hills Part 4. Plant Species – ‘Drooping Sheoaks Adorned the Hills


Stephen Murphy

Stephen’s background:~

“For the past thirty years as a Landcare nurseryman I have helped many landholders with designing plantations and choosing plant species for revegetation projects. As a founding member of three 'Friends groups' I gained valuable experience working as a volunteer in local flora and fauna reserves for over 25 years. Also as a committed member of Australian Landcare since 1989 I have been guest speaker and author of many newsletter articles on native plants and ecology.”

To contact Stephen with a question
send an email to stephenattreehome@gmail.com









This easy-to-read guide will assist landholders to put trees back on rural landscapes in an environmentally and economically sustainable way.

I have never before supported

a website / blog with such enthusiasm

as I have with Recreating the Country.

I love the message, the content and the very structure of the site.

And, as an ex-primary teacher, I know

I would have used the stories in my classrom. 

Thanks, Stephen! Keep up the good work.


I just never know where a half-hour web-surf session will lead to:


> LanePiper / Fyansford Green / St Quentin / ICD Property....

Image apologies to Jean Polly

Pack your festive fever and join us tomorrow at our Adventure Playground — witness Santa cruising around our River parkland on a fire truck, amidst the Geelong West Fire Brigade in their Christmas get-ups!

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