There comes a time when you absolutely have to get out of your house away from routine and what feels like duty and into the real world. Last Thursday was one of those days.
I headed up into the hills, to a nice little village with the delightful name of Emerald. It’s one of the stopping points for the Puffing Billy Heritage Railway. The century-old steam train runs for 24 kilometres on its original track through the forests and farmland of the Dandenong Ranges, from Belgrave to Gembrook.
I passed under one of the trestle bridges on the way through. It looked a bit rickety from down below. No doubt they keep an eye on it.
I found a lovely little cafe for my morning caffeine fix, then headed out for some much-needed nature. Emerald is one of the stops along the way for the train and I was delighted to hear its whistle as it entered the station, bringing back childhood memories, then headed off again on its way.
I wandered alongside the track to a pathway leading down the hill.
If the walking is not enough exercise for you, you can stop for a workout on the machines.
I continued through to the end of the line, Gembrook,