They had never taken a holiday until they retired and once a year they spent a week to ten days at different Victorian locations. It was nearly always late summer or early autumn when they took off in the Zephyr, later the Valiant.
It was nearly always a stay in a guest house or private hotel. Beachside Rosebud was a favourite destination, but also Mount Buffalo, Bright and Marysville. No doubt wherever they stayed in Marysville has now been burnt to crisp. They worried terribly about us and fire when we lived in Gippsland foothills of the Great Dividing Range. They would be very sad to learn of the almost total demise of Marysville.
It was many years ago when R and two friends and myself took a drive to Marysville. My memory of the day is hazy, but I recall it was a damp day, ironically as it often is in Marysville. We visited Steavenson(sic) Falls and then had high tea at the Cumberland. I think it was called Cumberland Guest House then. It was certainly not as upmarket as it is now, or was. We sat near a cozy fire with our tea, admiring the pretty view below as birds flitted about their business. I can recall little of the town except that it was pretty and I liked the feel of it.
No doubt the township will be rebuilt upon its ashes, but I don't think it will ever be quite the same, for me or for others.
How things were this time last week.
And the message on the Cumberland's main page today. Just more sadness.
The Cumberland Marysville and Villa Day Spa
On Saturday February 7th, 2009 a bushfire destroyed The Cumberland, razing 90% of the town of Marysville.
Clients who hold bookings with The Cumberland should investigate alternative options.
This message will be updated with more information as it becomes available.
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In the meantime, urgent messages can be sent to our email.