The Winter Sun

June 21, 2014

It the Winter Solstice on this side of the world and it is just starting to get properly cold. It has been a very long Autumn, some trees still have leaves to drop and others have shown Spring blossoms…it is all very confusing.

IMG_2948We spent a lovely Winter’s morning at Heide Museum of Modern Art. Heide was established in the grounds of a former artists’ community set up by John and Sunday Reid in the 1930s.  They supported significant Australian artists such as Sidney Nolan, Joy Hester and Albert Tucker.

Before I had children, I would visit exhibitions inside the Museum and now with my children, we visit the sculpture gardens, Sunday’s old kitchen garden and the wilderness that leads down to the banks of our beautiful Yarra river.

This is Our Dear Boy’s favourite sculpture.

IMG_2958And this is Our Dear Girl’s favourite.

IMG_2951But this is the best place of all. A giant oak tree which fell over years ago but continues to grow.  It is beloved of all children and is simply known by all as That Tree At Heide.

IMG_2971Whilst my children scramble, climb, slide and collect acorns in beanies, I knit in the sunshine.  Everyone who walks past marvels at the tree. We talk about the tree. People remember trees they climbed as children.

IMG_3013Knitting in the sunlight, next to this massive creature of sunlight is probably a pretty good place to contemplate the Winter Solstice and the return of the sun.  Happy Solstice.


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  1. What an incredible, inspiring, and peaceful place to spend time. To have leaves and blossoms at Winter Solstice is so amazing to me. Our solstice is usually crisp and cold with frost and snow. Thank you so much for sharing 🙂

  2. Today is our Solstice too–only Summer. The longest day of the year. Your post brings back memories of my childhood and playing on a felled tree we called The Horse because one of the branches would bounce when we got on it.
    Pretty color on your sweater. Is that a sleeve? After my cardigan disaster I’m knitting a couple of hats to calm myself!! (before I frog the whole thing)

  3. Happy Winters Soltice to you all! What a wonderful way to celebrate, knitting, sitting and flitting in the sun by a special tree at Heide. Dear Boys favourite sulpture is a favourite of mine too. I love the way the patterns of lines change as you walk around and look at it from different angles.

  4. I was a little confused when I first looked at your post…Winter Solstice? How funny. We are finally getting a little heat only to have it GO on Tuesday! The sculptures are ‘interesting’, I thought I was looking at gun barrels on the 2nd one. The tree is LOVELY, it LIVES!
    Now a mystery. Somehow in looking at your post I got off on a tangent, haha, and wound up reading about Ned Kelly in wikipedia and I have nO idea how I got there from ‘here’ !! I have gone back and looked at the Heide Museum and the artists again but…You are know for sending me/us places but this one is a mystery. I checked you temperature…..so how ‘cold’ does it get there?

  5. Mystery solved! As I looked at the artists in the ‘original’ Heide group I saw Sidney Nolan who had done paintings of Ned Kelly and went down the Rabbit Hole from there!!! good grief……and obviously nOT your fault 🙂

  6. Your photography is so engaging Rebecca- you have the artist’s eye! And the last image was very uplifting, literally. We had a wedding to attend on the winter’s solstice and watched a beautiful sunset over the waters from the venue on the beach. The horizontal plane celebrated, just as you have given us the vertical!

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