Sunday, 24 April 2022

OUR VISIT TO ONE OF SYDNEY'S WORST KEPT SECRETS, WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

Hello everyone, hope you are all well.

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

We had lovely relaxing time over Easter break.  On Friday, we had my family over for Passover dinner which was almost cancelled as my younger daughter who lives with us got COVID ­čś× and was just released from isolation on the same Friday which was quite nerve racking.   I was worried that my guests don't want to be in close contact with her and would cancel the dinner.  However, luckily for me, all of them!!! ­čś«including ourselves just had COVID in the last two months and didn’t worry too much about spending the evening in the same room as her.   I can’t believe I just said it, that sounds so perverse, yet it is the reality we are now living.

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

I cooked a lot of traditional dishes which my guests thoroughly enjoyed, the kids had fun and we had a lovely family time together.   The next day it was my granddaughter’s 5th birthday party in the park.  It was a typical children’s party thrown by the extremely busy and sleep deprived parents. The food in the form of pizza was delivered from the local Domino shop and the cake was store bought.  It was nice to watch the kids running around entertaining themselves while we adults were chatting with each other over the glass of wine poured into the plastic cups.  Priceless, wouldn’t change it for the world.

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

Sunday was a day of relaxation.  We couldn't believe our luck with the weather.  As if Mother Nature decided to make it up to us and after having an awfully wet and cold summer, granted us with the sun and warmth.  It was a perfect day for heading outdoors, preferably somewhere along the coast but it was during the Easter break and school holidays, we knew that the traffic on the roads would be chock a block and decided to go locally.  

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

A few years ago we read in a paper about Wendy's Secret Garden created by the wife of the late renowned Australian artist, Brett Whiteley near the house where they lived in Lavender Bay on the Sydney's Lower North Shore .  

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

As the story goes, after the death of her husband, grief-stricken Wendy was in need to regain back control of her life, to clean up the mess it was in, found herself savagely attacking piles of overgrown rubbish of the unused railway land in front of their home.  She threw herself into the clean up, day in and day out, too tired and exhausted by the end of the day to think or feel anything.  

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

Once the land was cleared, it was the time to create a garden.  Not everything went smoothly, the railway authorities were trying to stop her accusing of invading state property but with the strong support of local community and her powerful friends in artistic and political circles, the garden was saved and remains open for visitors who go there to appreciate its beauty and the creative soul behind it.

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

 We were intrigued by the story and went to visit it and fell in love with this place.  So on this particular Sunday morning when we were discussing the plans for the day, we both agreed that a trip to Wendy's  Secret Garden is in order and set off.

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

It was as beautiful and charming as we remembered.  The air was warm and tranquil, filled with the aromas of the flowers and freshly cut grass.  The soft breeze from the ocean was gently rustling the leaves of the giant trees. 

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

The autumn colours of foliage were magnificent, dark and rich.  Here and there old curiosity objects were on display placed on antique garden tables and pedestals.  

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

The picnic tables, strategically placed in the shade, were occupied by people who had smartly brought with them picnic lunches and bottles of wine and were enjoying their food, company and beautiful surroundings. 

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

The view from the garden over the bay and the city beyond was postcard stunning.  

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

We spent few hours walking up the down the garden following the pathways that lead to the focal points around the grounds.  We didn't bring any food with us so we left the garden to have our lunch at the local pub.  Afterwards, we strolled around neighbourhood, then went to our car to head back home.

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

It was such lovely day, we both felt refreshed and recharged.

WENDY'S SECRET GARDEN

What did you do during the break?  Hope your Easter break was enjoyable.

Until then,

Anna

xoxo


 

27 comments:

  1. That sounds great! We spend it with family and friends and had somee beautiful weather.

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  2. Sounds like a busy but very fun-filled weekend. I am glad that your Easter celebration wasn't cancelled and everyone came by despite of COVID. In my honest opinion, people are over it and would rather be with their loved ones. I know I would be in a heartbeat. Glad to hear that the birthday party was a success too. Kids running around is always such great joy. Perhaps not for the parents but the squeals are priceless! I wouldn't mind seeing Wendy's Secret Garden. It looks beautiful and I love the story and of how it came to be. I hope you are having a great Monday so far!

    Maureen | www.littlemisscasual.com

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  3. Thank you Maureen, it was lovely. I agree with you, we need to learn how to live with it

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  4. The garden looks lovely! Your weekend sounds wonderful with family and friends!
    xoxo
    Lovely
    www.mynameislovely.com

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    1. Thank you Lovely, it certainly was very enjoyable. Have a great weekend

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  5. What a lovely place. I love places like this, we just went to the botanical gardens in Atlanta last week and I am thinking of getting a membership to take advantage of it.
    www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

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    1. Thank you Mireille, the botanical gardens are a beautiful place to be so I think it's a good idea to join them. Enjoy. Anna https://lookingfabulousat50.blogspot.com/

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  6. What a great week! Wendy’s Secret Garden looks like a really interesting place, and what an intriguing back story. Great outfit too! Really like the buttons on the slacks.

    Michelle
    https://mybijoulifeonline.com

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    1. thank you Michelle, it a very special place indeed. Enjoy your weekend

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  7. What a splendid garden, and I love how this was Wendy's way to cope and escape- so touching. You've been super busy! We just had Greek Easter this weekend...and I'm completely drained lol!

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    1. What makes this time special is having your family together having a good time. Did you end up painting eggs and baking paska?

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  8. This Covid is such a pain, can't wait it will be just a memory... Anyway I'm happy to hear that you've managed to still celebrate Easter somehow! Such busy week you had!^^
    Anyway visit a Garden in a sunny Spring day is always a good idea!
    Beautiful photos!
    XO
    S
    https://s-fashion-avenue.blogspot.com

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    1. Thank you Silvia. It was a bit stressful but quite enjoyable at the end. The visit to the gardens what was the doctor ordered :). Enjoy your weekend

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  9. Glad your Passover dinner went ahead. Thanks for sharing the photos of the secret garden - beautiful! And thanks for linking

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    1. Thank you for linking Gail, as an avid gardener that you are, I am sure you would love it. Enjoy your weekend

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  10. WOW what a magical place! I love visiting places like that. I really need to do some research and see if there is anything like that in our vicinity! We didn't do anything for Easter, really. We never do, to be honest. I think we spent the day with friends just hanging out.
    Big hugs
    Suzy xx

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  11. Thank you Suzy. I am sure there are some gorgeous public places around you :). Hanging good time with your friends is what we all need. Enjoy your weekend

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  12. Looks like a great place to explore. I would love to take a walk around :)

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    1. Thank you Claire, you would enjoy it, for sure. Have a great week ahead

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  13. That garden looks lovely! It's good you had a nice Easter break :)

    Such a shame your daughter got covid though - hope it's just a mild case and that she has recovered now!

    Thanks so much for joining the #WeekdayWearLinkup! Hope that you are having a good weekend :)

    Away From The Blue

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  14. Thank you Mica, it wasn't bad after all, just very annoying. Hope you have a great week ahead

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  15. The garden looks amazing

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  16. I want to see this garden, stat! It's amazing! Thank you for sharing it with us!

    I'm updating the little white dress today in my new post and hope you come by!

    -Ashley

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    1. Thank you Ashely, I saw your dress, it's gorgeous. Have a nice weekend

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