Tuesday, April 29, 2014

National Arboretum Canberra




















A trip to the National Arboretum is definitely a must when in Canberra. As you can see the views are fairy-tale beautiful, especially at this time of year with the trees in the distance turning glorious shades of wine and chartreuse... and now that everything is so green again after good rainfall.

(5th image from the top) 'At the heart of the Arboretum is the Village Centre, an elegant, light-filled space with panoramic views over Canberra, Lake Burley Griffin and beyond. The Arboretum gift shop, Sprout Café and The Conservatory Restaurant in the Village Centre invite visitors to relax, browse and refresh.'

'Designed by Tonkin Zulaikha Greer Architects, The Village Centre is available for hire from 4.00 pm seven days a week for events with up to 500 guests seated and 900 guests standing.' This is amazing architecture and the stone wall outside (around The Bonsai Deck) is just stunning.

Highlights include The Bonsai Deck is also well worth a walk-around as are the outdoor areas where you can take in the breathtaking views, walk through established forests and also weave through the outdoor sculptures. Of course I also love the little details, such as the plant engravings on the hand rail at one of the lookouts...

Monday, April 21, 2014

A visit to Sturt, Mittagong NSW













Following from last week's post, I'm adding more photos from my weekend trip to the Southern Highlands.

These photos are from my visit to Sturt - Australian Contemporary Craft and Design.

As usual, I am just as taken by the grounds as I am with what is inside the buildings.

The gallery and shop had me completely mesmerised. So many beautiful objects to look at... what a wonderful space!

Monday, April 14, 2014

A rustic rural property



















I had the privilege of visiting a beautiful rustic rural property in the picturesque Southern Highlands. The property is the home of two artists and has been created by them over a period of approximately 40 years. It is run on sustainable principles and has a lovely history.

I loved walking around and taking photos of interesting textures, structures, angles, etc... giving an abstract overview as I didn't want to share too much of their private life (their home is not featured).

NB: as my camera battery died soon after arriving some images have been taken with my mobile phone so image quality is not ideal.