Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Registry.php on line 381

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/rokcommon/RokCommon/Registry.php on line 394
isiiad - Fulling

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/utilities/gantryregistry.class.php on line 326

Warning: Unexpected character in input: '\' (ASCII=92) state=1 in /home/isi19164/public_html/libraries/gantry/core/utilities/gantryregistry.class.php on line 339

"Fulling"

Fulling_17

I'm back home now. Yesterday I was working on my deck and kept looking over in the direction of Birrarung, wistfully wondering if the frogs were missing me as much as I was missing them.  I went to life drawing at Dunmoochin on Tuesday night only to find that the new artist in residence there, Mirranda Burton, had a three month residency at Birrarung last year. That was the end of life drawing for me for the night, I just wanted to talk about Birrarung and hear her stories and how much she loved it all too.  Needless to say I've had trouble readjusting to being back home.

I've stored material for two more blogs from my blissful time at Birrarung.  It's been a blessing to do a bit of catchup this week as it's meant I could keep one foot over on the other side of the Yarra.  So here's the second last post generated during my residency.

Fulling_21

The hospitality of local people continues to gob smack me. Gwen Ford opened her garden, her home and, just quietly, her cookie tin for me last Saturday.  It was raining when I arrived so we settled into her living room with a pot of tea and the aforementioned cookie tin for some 'serious' chatting before the sun came out and a wander around her lovely garden, "Fulling", was possible. Gwen's late husband, the legendary Gordon Ford, was responsible for the original design of the garden. It's typical of his naturalistic style. Walkways, giant rocks and ponds blend perfectly with their surroundings and appear to be exactly where nature intended them to be. Giant gum trees create a majestic "been there forever" upper storey.

Fulling_8

Accents throughout, are provided by unique metal garden lights, handmade nearby at Montsalvat..

Fulling_9

Fulling_22

Fulling_15

Fulling_16

Mandala made by Montsalvat sculptor, the late Matcham Skipper.

Fulling_19

Fulling_2

Fulling_3

Fulling_4

Fulling_12

The amount of upkeep in a garden of this type is enormous.  As we wandered around, Gwen was busy picking up small branches that had fallen on the ground and pulling weeds from the pathways.  She pretty much single handedly maintains the garden these days.  It's a great tribute to her determination to maintain Gordon's legacy.

Fulling_7

Garden lovers from around the world please take note.  Nestled into the garden at "Fulling" are two Bed and Breakfasts known collectively as the Eltham Garden Retreat. A stay is the perfect way to settle into this magnificent garden environment and incorporate some visits to the surrounding galleries at Montsalvat, Heide Museum of Modern Art and Tarrawarra Museum of Art.  Another art lover's dream holiday would be a stay at the Eltham Garden Retreat during the Nillumbik Artist's Open Studio's Program.  All of the studios are closeby.  I can't think of a nicer way to spend the weekend.  Beautiful garden, accomodation with loads of character and if the cookie tin is anything to go by, Gwen Ford will look after you like one of the family. These three connected circular buildings (below) are used as one of the Bed and Breakfasts. Bookings are essential, see the website for details.

Fulling_10

Fulling_11

Fulling_20

Yesterday I mentioned my admiration for our ability to enhance our environment.  "Fulling" is a perfect example of that enhancement.  Sublime is the word that comes to mind.

While at Birrarung I read a book written by Gordon Ford with Gwen, titled "Gordon Ford The Natural Australian Garden". In her prologue to the book Morag Fraser has this to say about Gordon's work.

"...So perhaps what he has done in his lifetime of landscaping is to teach a language, to sharpen perceptions of the connection between the particular colour of the earth and the exact texture of the natural leaf and grass cover."

"Fulling" is open to the public every year as part of the Open Garden Scheme.

You will find "Fulling" and the Eltham Garden Retreat at 70 John Street, Eltham.

Parent Category: Arts
Facebook Image

Ekphrasis Awards-2

Ekphrasis Awards Simon Icarus BAIGENT Caviar Spoon 1995 gold, ebony, mother of pearl, diamond, ruby 0.5cm x 5.5cm x 2.0cm ©Simon Icarus Baigent (Photo by Silvi Glattauer)… More…

First Train to Allwood

First Train to Allwood "The first train to Allwood [now Hurstbridge] arrived on June 25th 1912 and we're going to yarnbomb a fence to celebrate". So say the organisers of this… More…

Congratulations Nerina Lascelles

Congratulations Nerina Lascelles! Long-Leaf Box Nerina Lascelles© (Winner of 2011 Nillumbik Prize Peoples Choice Award) Late last night an email came through letting me know that… More…

Birrarung House Life Drawing

Birrarung House Life Drawing Photograph courtesy of Kerry Cross © Yesterday... picture this. Balmy spring day in the bush. Birdsong. A table laden with an enormous wedge of Prima… More…

Mary-Lou Pittard

Mary-Lou Pittard Photograph taken with the permission of the Light Factory Gallery Eltham and Mary-Lou Pittard©. With the Nillumbik Artist's Open Studios fast approaching in… More…

Akira Takizawa

Akira Takizawa I'm interested in what happens when two very talented creative people partner up. It's definitely a case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts. I'm… More…

Expanding Dimensions

Expanding Dimensions (Photograph of 'Expanding Dimension' on the balustrade of the Roystead Building- copyright Silvi Glattauer) Remember Lloyd Godman, ecological artist.… More…

Light Factory Gallery-Eltham

I've heard about the Light Factory Gallery from so many people and in so many places. I can't believe it's taken me so long to get there. Today was the day. The building is great.… More…

After the Storm

After the Storm Days are filled with quiet pleasures here, no bells and whistles. But then bells and whistles are here and gone in an instant, bouncing off the surface of things.… More…

Birrarung Alchemy

Birrarung Alchemy There’s a howling wind today. Just now a big branch came loose from its trunk mooring and thundered onto the roof, threatening the structure of the house and by… More…

George Baldessin's Studio-formerly The Baldessin Press

George Baldessin's Studio Just before I went to New York last year, I went out to George Baldessin's Studio to meet Silvi Glattauer. It was a busy time for me, packing to go away… More…

Jessie Imam

Jessie Imam Birds. I love everything about them. Their feathers, their flight, their song and their nests. Here's an artist whose work might just appeal to you as much as it does… More…

Pamela Irving

Pamela Irving I'm finding Melbourne's cold wet winter really drab. I know we need the rain but oh how I long for a warm day to get outside and enjoy the sunshine on my deck in… More…

Nillumbik Artists Open Studios-Jane Annois

Nillumbik Artists Open Studios - Jane Annois This weekend sees the Nillumbik artists open their studios to the public once again. Last week I had way too much fun meeting one of… More…

Birrarung Symphony in Bird Minor

Birrarung Symphony in Bird Minor When I was at uni, way too many moons ago, I often hung out with the music students. One in particular, who would share the progress of his… More…

Launch of The First Train to Allwood

Launch of The First Train to Allwood at The Wattle Festival What better place to launch the local yarn bombing spectacular - The First Train to Allwood - than at the 2012… More…

Karena Goldfinch

Karena Goldfinch Karena Goldfinch© Black Wallaby Forest My dream of living by the river at Warrandyte was born way back in my childhood when the Murray River was my 'playground'.… More…

Stephanie Mew (2)

Stephanie Mew (2) I've come across a great publication, "Creative Spaces. 21 Years of Nillumbik Artists Open Studios." If you can get your hands on a copy before you see the… More…

The Tree Project

The Tree Project It's a rare day that I'm not reminded of the 2009 Black Saturday fires in some way. Whether it's blackened tree trunks that still punctuate the landscape, or… More…

Artist in Residence Life Drawing Session

Artist in Residence Life Drawing Session I've been hanging out for September like you wouldn't believe. On the 21st I'll be taking up my artist in residence at Birrarung House.… More…

Copyright

THIS ENTIRE SITE © 2010-2012 ISIIAD. ALL OF THE PHOTOGRAPHS AND WRITTEN MATERIAL HEREIN, UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED, ARE COPYRIGHTED BY ISIIAD. NO PART OF THIS SITE, OR ANY OF THE CONTENT CONTAINED HEREIN, MAY BE USED OR REPRODUCED IN ANY MANNER WHATSOEVER WITHOUT EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE COPYRIGHT HOLDER.