The Easter long weekend break has come and gone. In Tanjil Bren the population swelled from 8 people to more than 100 with most of the cottage owners and their friends and families escaping their city lives to spend some time up here in the hills. People who had known each other for many years had the rare chance to reconnect and chat about where their vastly different lives had taken them.
The village was almost unrecognisable with all the people, cars and dirt bikes. The weather was perfect and the cottage owners took advantage of it to mow, brushcut and burn. Their weekenders took on an air of neatness and serenity.
Children could be seen and heard happily riding around on pushbikes and dirt bikes. Children's laughter is not a part of the normal life here, so it was refreshing to remember the exhilaration and play of childhood.
All three accommodation lodges were full to capacity so business was good too. Guests had the chance to go on walks, feed the parrots, discover a crystal or few at the old crystal pits and just relax and unwind amongst the tall mountain ash gums.