HOW GREEN IS MY VALLEY?
GREEN, GLENIFFER, GRAZING,GROWTH.
THE YAAN: This week I am taking you out to Gleniffer and the Promised Land. Another one of our green valleys. They say the water in the Never Never Creek out there is good for your hair. I say it will heal almost anything. It has magic, does the Gleniffer Valley. We have been going there to swim since we were children coming up from the City for holidays. Frizztext asked, this week, about whether we were in the same towns that we grew up in. I’m not. I grew up in a suburb and as soon as I could, I came here to the green valleys.
Gleniffer is just round behind me on the back road. The water is cold in winter and flowing fast these years of abundant rainfall. We swam there all day in Summer on the Christmas of 2010 while we waited for the child of my daughter to be born. Out at Gleniffer the mountains curl around behind the Valley. I lived for a time at their feet in Buffer Creek. Just over McFadyen’s Bridge. I have been told that distant relatives of mine went out there in the 1800s to live but I am not sure about details. The roads are narrow and they loop around past the places where Angelo Gabriello once farmed. I know of at least two communes hidden out there. Once, my husband and I camped beside the creek for a bit. We sat on one of those folding table and chair sets but didn’t lock it in properly and it collapsed and wedged us tight and painfully in it. When we came as ‘hippies’ in the 70s,we did a lot of naked swimming and sunbaking and floating around in inflatable boats while the cicadas roared at us.
Gleniffer is a very green valley.