Spirit of Place: Rippon Lea Estate (Grounds Of Mansion)

First part of my post on Rippon Lea is here:
https://setjataset.wordpress.com/2015/08/21/spirit-of-place-rippon-lea-estate-inside-the-mansion/

The grounds of Rippon Lea are immaculately kept and are quite serene and lovely whilst also containing lots of plants and trees which are heritage listed also.

Outside the mansion and on the grounds:

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All images (C) T. Georgitsis 2015

 

 

 

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Spirit of Place: Rippon Lea Estate (Inside The Mansion)

To say I am obsessed with the late 1800’s and early 1900’s is an understatement as I adore the fashion, decor, music and the social graces of life back then. So as a belated birthday gift I spent a few weekends ago at the heritage trust estate called Ripponlea.  I was there to peruse the Miss Fisher costume exhibit (details here: http://missfisherexhibition.com.au/) as some of the scenes for this 1920’s themed tv show was shot there.

Rippon Lea was built in the late 1800’s and was a family home to two families who lived on the estate for over 100 years, until it was donated to the National Trust, to protect it when the last owner passed in the 1970’s.  Its style is in the Victorian Italiante, which was popular during the gold rush boom happening in the state at its construction.

Inside the mansion:

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All images (C) T. Georgitsis 2015

 

 

 

Spirit of Place: Doorways in Nature

Like my obsession with paths found in nature, I also have a love of doorways or arches in a natural setting so I thought I’d share some of them:

Ricketts Sanctuary – The Dandenongs 2014

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The Arches – Great Ocean Road 2013

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Childers Cove – The Great Ocean Road 2013

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Warburton – 2013

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Lavandula – Dalesford – 2012

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Spirit of Place: Paths in Nature

I’ve developed an obsession with paths found in nature for years now so I thought I’d share some of them:

The Dandenongs – Sherbrooke Forrest

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The Dandenongs – Ricketts Sanctuary

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The Dandenongs – Between Olinda and Sky High

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The Dandenongs – Lookout

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The Yarra – Warburton

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Flinders Beach

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Lavandula – Daylesford

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Hepburn Springs

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Apollo Bay

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The Otway National Park

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Badger Weir Park

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Spirit of Place: The Great Ocean Road

Having traveled several times down the Great Ocean Road  I still haven’t seen all its natural wonders in its entirety due to so many of its wonders.

The Great Ocean road is one of the worlds most scenic coastal drives located in Victoria, Australia which contains beautiful beaches and cliffs as well as lush rain-forests.

 

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The Otways

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Spirit of Place: William Ricketts Sanctuary (Dandenong Mountains)

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I love nature and one of my favourite things to do, is go up to the Dandenong Mountains and explore the national parks.

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A few weeks ago I visited William Rickets Sanctuary which contains many mystical sculptures, immersed in the natural forest.

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William Rickets Sanctuary is part of Parks Victoria which acknowledges the original traditional Aboriginal owners.

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William Ricketts was an untrained Australian potter and sculptor who devoted a large part of his life creating Aboriginal centric sculptures to blend in with the natural landscape he placed them in, whilst sending the message to respect nature. He sepent 11 years traveling to Central Australia to be with the Pitjantjatjara and Arrernte people who vastly inspired his work. In the 70’s he spent a few years in India where he developed a love and empathy of their spirituality and philosophies which can be seen in his work.

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In 1934 William purchased the land now known as William Ricketts Sanctuary and named it Potters Sanctuary. He worked on various sculptures and works in this sanctuary until 1993.  In the 1960’s the Victorian Government bought the land from him and turned it into a national park and renamed it William Ricketts Sanctuary.  William remained its primary resident and continued his work until his passing in 1993.

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I found the place full of calm contemplation and it was very serene (even though the Dandenong main tourist road is just below it). The few tourists who were there at the time were very respectful and it was easy to navigate around the various paths and view the artwork.

 

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The whole place vibrated with a rich earthy power which refreshed and centered me.  I felt many devic energies around and as though I was in another plane of existence.

 

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I especially loved how the sculptures take into consideration the natural surroundings and provide various watering holes for the native animals and birds who live there.

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William Ricketts was an amazing artist who had a deep spiritual core which resonated in his work.  I am thankful that his legacy and message to respect nature and indigenous cultures lives on through his work.

Beltane/Deipnon/Noumenia Glamping

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A few things which I place of very high importance within my spiritual practice is to spend time in nature and to spend time with magickal friends who lift my heart.  This past weekend I indulged in both during our Beltane/Deipnon/Noumenia Glamping trip.

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We spent time down the Great Ocean Road in Victoria where the landscape was breathtakingly beautiful and included some amazing off the beaten track beaches and natural wonders.   We also got to stop through some of the small towns and support local businesses whilst also spending some quality time with one another.

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One of the highlights of the trip was when we gathered at a visually stunning and secluded cove to indulge in some much needed celebrational frivolity and fun. I also engaged in some Hekate magick on the beach and within a cave which cut into one of the cliff faces.  The place resonated with a powerfully liminal, mystical and magickal vibe which was not only cleansing and purifying but energising and healing.  The space was a place where I was gifted with nature’s present of a purple shell and some ringed driftwood perfect for some other enchanting work for Hekate.

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Overall one of the enjoyable times I have had of late which was filled with laughter, love and soul feeding  with my magickal friends.

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