The starkness of the photo above was seen all around Marysville and dozens of towns in country Victoria. Some parts of the town have recovered much quicker but this area was more affected by the fires. It is taking a lot longer to recover. The undergrowth now blocks a lot of what I could see in previous years.
This area was devastated by the 2009 Black Saturday fires. For months afterwards it was closed off because all man-made features were destroyed, including the road up to the Falls. It is slowly coming back to life and there are new facilities and walking paths. This is always my favourite part of a visit to Marysville. We were really lucky that there was so much water from the melting snow from the nearby snow fields.
After most of Marysville was destroyed by the Black Saturday bushfires many businesses began the long process of rebuilding. The Marysville Lolly Shop began trading as soon as possible, which was many months later, from a portable shipping container. It was very cosy when there were other customers but the owner, Julia, made sure there was still a great range of chocolates, lollies and jams/sauces.
I make sure I visit every time I go to Marysville. This is the first time I’ve been to the new shop. It’s a very spacious shop with a huge range of lollies on one side and gourmet items on the other side. There’s also a good range of souvenirs. I have been looking for home-made Boysenberry jam for a while now and had asked friends to keep an eye out for me if they were at Farmer’s Markets. When I was at the Lolly Shop last week I spotted some on the shelf. I had some for breakfast the next morning and it is delicious. I was so glad I was able to buy it from there.
Last week was the first chance I’ve had to go to the Marysville Patisserie since it reopened just under two years ago, after their original premises were burned down in the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. The patisserie is a well-known business outside of Marysville, with many people going up there to try the handmade fudges and other delicious treats on the menu. I hadn’t had a chance to visit Marysville before the fires so didn’t see the old business but I was really impressed with the menu and quality of the food. Mum and I had the BLT and Dad had a Chicken, Leek and Mushroom Pie. The BLTs were the biggest I’ve ever attempted to eat. I say attempted because I wasn’t able to finish it. It was served with beautiful, seasoned chips made from Yellow Kipfler potatoes. With our cups of tea, small round shortbreads were served. These were so nice I bought a bag of them.
Their website is http://www.marysvillepatisserie.com.au/.
Here are two more photos I took at Steavenson’s Falls at Marysville. I have to say I was really inspired by this challenge. When I read about it I went through my photos but couldn’t find any I could use. I went out and looked for opportunities and found so many.
You can see many other outstanding entries for this challenge here http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/one-shot-two-ways/
Since the Black Saturday bushfires in February 2009, the town of Marysville has undergone an almost complete process of renewal. So many houses were destroyed and the town is still rebuilding now. Above is a photo of a sculpture at Bruno’s Sculpture Gallery 6 mths after the fire. Below is what the area looked just before the first anniversary of the fires. I hadn’t visited the town, which is only 140 kms from where I live, before the fires but every year since I’ve visited to support the town that was virtually deserted. The Bakery Cafe is one of my favourites. I love their egg and bacon pie and lemon slices.
In April 2012, Mum and I made our annual pilgramage to Marysville. It was badly damaged during the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. I wasn’t able to visit before the fires but have been going there every year since. We noticed how much Steavensons Falls has regenerated since we were there 15 mths ago. The trees have grown a few metres and bushed out. There’s still a long way to go before the area and town are back to what they were like before the fires. Parks Victoria have taken the opportunity to improve the paths and walking tracks and build some new viewing platforms and walking paths.