Today is the last day of the school holidays, so aside from searching the cupboards for pieces of Summer uniform, and doing a general clear out of the winter clothing (despite the forecast that the rest of the week is going back to wintery temps), we decided to go up the hill to my parent's house.

My children photographed by Shona Henderson in the garden in April

My parent's house is in Stirling, in the Adelaide Hills. The Adelaide Hills are incredibly close to the city - Adelaide itself is very flat with the hills cradling the edges of the city, and you can be in Stirling in about 15- 20 minutes from the CBD up the freeway.

View towards the hills through the trees
 This is not my childhood home. My parent's decided to move into the hills around ten years ago, when they fell in love with the garden, and then the house (in that order, it was unrenovated). The house and garden are an original "Hill Station" property - Stirling was developed as a place for wealthy Adelaide families to have summer houses, so that they could escape the heat of the plains when temperatures regularly climb to 35 - 40 degrees C during summer. Stirling temps are around 5 degrees cooler than down on the plains - I usually pack cardigans even in the middle of Summer, as the house is igloo like regardless of the outside temperature. There are a large number of quite large houses and beautiful gardens in and around Stirling, and the freeway and the tunnel have made it a very easy trip from the city, rather than the full day it used to be when the houses were originally built.







My parent's house was built by an Adelaide family who lived there in Summer only. The house is in what would be called "Scottish Baronial" style (with much more Australian verandas added), and has a little tower that has far reaching views. The garden was laid out in a Victorian style with lots of circuitous gravelled pathways.


A few generations added to the garden - the original owner travelled through Japan just after it opened to the West, and brought back a lot of Conifer seeds, which were planted all through the garden and are now enormous trees.





Some of the interesting features include the red Chinese Bridge, pagoda style trellising down the hill, a grotto (which we have put tacky plaster fairies in for the children to find), a jacobs ladder (stairs), and The Monument which is a very large urn on plinth at the end of an allee of pencil pines which Shona Henderson photographed my children near (that was the Italian influence in the garden).



It is overall around 20 acres, and has a large collection of rhododendrons and camellias This time of year is really beautiful in the garden when they come into bloom.


Rhododendron


Camellia

It is an absolutely magical place, it very much has a "secret garden" type of feel with the scent of decaying wood, moss and bark. It's very still and quiet, apart from all the native parrots that make quite a racket at times. It's so lovely for my children to play in and explore, we are very lucky.

over the bridge to the Jacob's Ladder

It was nice to just wander about on my own today in the garden taking some photos while the children played, and think about my mum, who loved the garden so very much.

three copper beeches on the front lawn

And I've linked this post up with Jane from Life on Planet Baby's Blog Post of the Month


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30 comments:

  1. Beautiful. I hope you had a reasonable day, grief is a unpredictable master. K (The Blog a House Built)

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    1. Hi K, I'm going ok.... and you're right, it does creep up on you at unexpected times. xx

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  2. Hello, just came through Romy who raved about your blog. I'm a Kiwi living in California. The photos of your parent's home are stunning, would look to be a nosey parker and see inside (but that's me, always) I guess in New Zealand we have Scottish baronial in Dunedin.

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    1. Hi ALW, there's a lot of Scottish influence in NZ in general, I've always thought. I'll make a note to take some interior photos, although it's hard because it's quite dark in places, and my photography skills are fairly poor! Thanks for popping in.

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  3. Oh My GOD! That garden is UNBELIVABLE! do they action the maintenance themselves?

    I garden in a postage stamp sized garden so it is hard for me to imagine dealing with that scale.

    Gorgeous.

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    1. Yes they mostly do! They have had a gardener on and off for one day a week, but my Dad has always had the same day off work and worked alongside him. He loves the gardening and thinks its fairly low maintenance as it's mostly trees.

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  4. So so beautiful. I hope your Dad finds comfort in tending that incredible garden. The house is magical.

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    1. He does JMac, he pretty much disappeared into the garden last Thursday and we find him by following the leaf blower/chainsaw/mower noise x

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    2. Oh, your photos are FAR better than mine!

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    3. Hardly! I only realised that a post I did a few ago I managed to take a photo of a book with one of the children's socks lying next to it. Didn't notice until the post had been up for a week.....! I'm definitely no stylist!!

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  5. This garden is truly a tribute to your beautiful mother. What a visionary gardener.
    I love the photo of the kids too.
    It reminds me, ever so slightly, of Vaucluse House in Sydney. It's possibly even prettier.
    Hope to see it (and you) one day!
    Hope your week isn't too sad. We're all thinking of you.
    xx

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    1. Thanks Janelle, I've saved the Bath House for you, and I'm pretty sure any photos you would take of the garden would be far better than mine! Since starting the blog, I've discovered how truly bad I am at photography (and I have no excuse as I have a good camera). x

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  6. The garden is beautiful, what a wonderful legacy your mum leaves behind!

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    1. She does indeed. I like to think that is where she is now x

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  7. That garden is magical!
    And the house looks just stunning!

    Visiting from POTMC!

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    1. Thank you Mother Down Under, lovely to have you pop in. xx

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  8. What a gorgeous house! And the gardens are Wow!

    (potmc)

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    1. Hi Sophie, thank you so much for popping in! x

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  9. wow-gorgeous-your children must love exploring the garden.

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    1. They do - we get the dogs to find them for us sometimes! Thanks for popping in xx

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  10. Wow, what an incredible place for children! I hope yours are able to visit often. Thanks for sharing, Laura (via Post of the Month Club)

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    1. Thanks Laura - it certainly is quite a magical place for the kids. x

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  11. This is the most beautiful and perfect 'grandparents' house' ever. Such lucky children. x

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    1. They are very lucky - So many little places to explore and trees to climb

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  12. Wow, that is such an incredibly grand house! Lots of lovely childhood memories will be made there x

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    1. They will indeed. It's one of those places that gets under your skin. The whole of Stirling is a bit like that, just beautiful. x

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  13. Such a stunning place, Heidi. I can scarcely believe it. An enchanted wonderland for your littlies, no doubt. Thanks so much for linking up with the POTMC. J x

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    1. Thank you Jane - love linking up with the POTMC, just couldn't work out how to put the button on the blog....I'm slowly getting the hang of blogging, but there are a few things that go beyond my technology challenged abilities! xx

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  14. Just going through old posts I havent read as I was late to the party...

    What a place. I did hear the best thing about Adelaide is that everything is twenty minutes away - the country, CBD, beach, mountains.

    The camelia is perfection and the trio of copper beeches - well that was a lovely trinity.

    The photo the kids is just lovely.

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    1. It is all that close - I'm constantly early for things as I still make allowances for traffic, like you have to in Melbourne. The copper beeches were planted in 1911 for the three children of the original owner. xx

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