Global Sniff Mappers

“It perhaps comes down to us locating ourselves in an inconceivably vast universe on one hand, and in our own complicated lives as well.” Katherine Harmon Cartography, or mapmaking, has been an integral part of the human history for thousands of years. From cave paintings to ancient maps of Babylon, Greece, and Asia, through the … Continue reading Global Sniff Mappers

Crumbling Tennis Courts

"In my beginning is my end. In succession House rise and fall, crumble, are extended. Are removed, destroyed, restored, or in their place Is an open field, or a factory, or a by-pass. Old stone to new buildings, old timber to new fires, Old fires to ashes, and ashes to earth Which is already flesh, … Continue reading Crumbling Tennis Courts

A Golden Forest

Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness, Close bosom-friend of the maturing sun; John Keats To Autumn Mount Alexander Regional Park sits magnificently above the Harcourt valley. Called "Lanjanuc" by the Jaara Jaara people, this mountain was important as a sacred ceremonial ground. Rising 746 metres above sea level it was also used as a point … Continue reading A Golden Forest

Muckleford South Primary School

"One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feelings. The curriculum is so much necessary raw material, but warmth is a vital element for the growing plant and for the soul of a child." Carl Jung What a find! Akari (the car with a mind … Continue reading Muckleford South Primary School

The Local – Camp Reserve

  Within minutes from our home the Camp Reserve, our local, has been well mapped! The first small village was developed at Chewton, today a suburb of Castlemaine. It  included the Commissioners tent, stores, an office for The Argus newspaper, and an office for the Mount Alexander goldfields own newspaper the Daily Mail. On 28 … Continue reading The Local – Camp Reserve

The Mount Alexander Gold Rush Started Here

Hargraves revealed his discovery in the Sydney Morning Herald on 15 May, 1851. There were extraordinary scenes. Young men tossed aside their clerks' pens and crossed the Blue Mountains in their hundreds. Gold was discovered by Christopher Thomas Peters, a shepherd and hut-keeper on the Barker's Creek, in the service of Dr William Barker on … Continue reading The Mount Alexander Gold Rush Started Here

Sniff mapping at St John’s Chewton

This lovely, original old church has a distinctive old bell tower behind it! Services are held at 6pm each Saturday. It is a short drive, along the Midland Highway, from Castlemaine to Chewton! Although much has been collected and documented since the gold rush, Chewton’s early history is a story that has never really been … Continue reading Sniff mapping at St John’s Chewton

Conversations Trees Have Overheard

Scar trees like the one shown here are precious remnants of the past practices of the Djadjawurrung a people whose land we now live upon. While Arch and Neeks potter I may stop to have a conversation with these trees and learn a little of what they have overheard - the grief they have felt, the … Continue reading Conversations Trees Have Overheard

Gold Fever Grief

I like the diggings very well I have washed myself about a pennyweight [2 grams] of gold besides a match box full of specimens [gold in quartz]. The other day I went with Mamma and Papa over to the quarry reef. There we saw a gentleman of the name of B Farrell he has one … Continue reading Gold Fever Grief

Remembering Margaret Scott

Because I could not stop for Death – He kindly stopped for me – The Carriage held but just Ourselves – And Immortality. Emily Dickinson Archie and Neeky do love to add new places to their sniffing GPS! Cemeteries like this give rare, personal glimpses into other ages. I stopped to talk to Margaret Scott … Continue reading Remembering Margaret Scott

While We Wait

I was intrigued by Draw and Travel! Maybe I will draw! Maybe I won't! Maybe I will simply take photos with my iPhone! Whatever! While I wait for Godot, wait to be illuminated about what to do with my golden years, my faithful companions and I will go out each day and map our favourite walking, … Continue reading While We Wait