Here is a suggestion for an uplifting day in lockdown. Head over to Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden in Lavender Bay … long walk there and catch the train home.
Countless places to pick up some lunch … I’m sure the little local businesses would be grateful.
This is a repost from when the book was launched….
What a legacy, this is the most beautiful garden.
Now there is the book ” Wendy Whiteley and the Secret Garden” written by Janet Hawley and photographed by my old friend Jason Busch. Buy it for Christmas.
But by god go and visit this garden!
Wendy and her renowned artist husband, the late Brett Whiteley, set up their family home in Lavender Bay in 1970 and lived there together for two decades. Brett painted many of his iconic Sydney Harbour pictures in the house.
In the weeks that followed Brett’s death in 1992, Wendy’s grief-stricken need to regain some control in her life, to clean up a mess that she could clean up, found her obsessively attacking the piles of overgrown rubbish on the large land filled valley of unused railway land at the foot of her house. Wendy hurled herself into the forlorn site, hacking away at lantana, blackberry vines and privet, clearing up dumped bottles, rusty refrigerators, rotting mattresses, labouring till she was too exhausted to think or feel, then collapsing into sleep each night. Then doing the same, the next day and the next. Wendy never asked any authorities for permission, and no one told her to stop, so she kept going.
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