Mica Grange Autumn Sculpture Exhibition 2017
May 5, 2017

In my last post about my recent visit to Mica Grange on Easter Saturday 2017, I concentrated on the garden. This post is about the autumn exhibition of sculpture and garden art.

There’s new work to see and new artists  – as well as the work of artists who have previously exhibited here.

The fairy realm has been extended – fairy houses were for sale.

 

 

The work of local potter, Ellen Hansa-Stanyer, featured strongly this year.

Her work is very playful.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I don’t know if the plastic fish came with the water feature.

 

 

Hmmmm…..not sure about the red.

This sculpture was intriguing. The figure is working out how to stick a wing back on the aeroplane.

Does anyone fancy replacing their children with this life size pair?

 

 

 

 

 

Glorious Mica Grange in Autumn 2017
April 20, 2017

Castlemaine’s glorious autumn weather continued over Easter and Mica Grange looked at its shiniest best when I visited on Easter Saturday. The country from the slopes of Mt. Alexander down the Sutton Grange Valley was bathed in bright sunshine.

The roses were in fine form.

 

 

 

The rose hips glowed.

There were potted delights.

 

 

Deciduous trees were clothed in their autumn glory.

 

The orchard and tubs growing vegetables were full of abundance.

 

 

The sculptures and garden art were delightful.

The autumn sculpture exhibition will feature in my next post about Mica Grange.

Autumn Sculpture at Mica Grange
April 20, 2016

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Birds of all sizes and materials were a particular feature of the sculpture exhibition at Mica Grange this autumn.

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I enjoyed the variety of mosaics.

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I was intrigued by this work with…….

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……….all these screws joined together.

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I admired the elegance of this object.

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The brightly coloured roses set this white sculpture off perfectly.

 

The Colours of Autumn at Mica Grange
April 11, 2016

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Hey, Ho! It was a beautiful autumn day, perfect for another visit to Mica Grange on Sunday, the 3rd of April to view the latest sculpture exhibition. However, in this post, I am concentrating on the garden. Whilst I have now made a number of visits to Mica Grange, there are new things to photograph as it is a garden which keeps on giving.

It was very pleasant wandering around the garden unescorted by the flies which were so abundant in spring.

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There are new objects to attract attention as the owners add to their own collection of garden art.

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The peppers created quite a show in the vegetable garden.

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The native bees were loving this flowering eucalypt.

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Spring Sculpture at Mica Grange
December 5, 2015

 

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It is a treat being able to view sculpture in a rural garden setting. The different exhibitions held at Mica Grange on the slopes of Mt. Alexander create opportunities to view new works – some by artists seen previously and some by new artists.

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I wonder what these children are pondering. I think they would look great gazing into a small pool with fish or frogs.

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Who would have thought an earwig would be the subject for sculpture? And it is so lovingly crafted.

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It is amazing what can be created using chicken wire, old metal and reclaimed metal shelving.

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I think these frocks are a delight.

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Masai warriors on the front lawn – Why Not??

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This piece is stunning.

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I photographed these works when I visited Mica Grange on Sunday, the 15th of November 2015.

 

Mica Grange Blooming Still
November 19, 2015

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Sunday was a brilliant Central Victorian spring day – mid 20s, not a cloud in the sky, bright sunshine, a slight breeze. I was standing on the slopes of Mt. Alexander, together with a 1,ooo flies, looking out from the Mica Grange garden at the view. Everything around me could be seen in the sharpest of detail – the atmosphere was so clear  – no dust, smoke, heat haze or humidity.

The spring sculpture exhibition was in full swing and so was the garden.

This post concentrates on the garden whilst the next post will feature the sculptures.

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The fairy garden is a new addition.

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It was interesting to compare the garden this spring with last year’s spring garden. This year, the roses were triumphant whilst the proteas were still getting in their stride………..

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………..However, these were the exception.

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This planting of succulents was very eye catching.

 

 

Mica Grange in Bloom
January 6, 2015

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This is the second post featuring my visit to Mica Grange on the 9th of November 2014.

As I mentioned in my first post, the experience of visiting this garden in spring was different to the autumn visit as there were many more flowers.

Hardy proteas are a feature of the garden and they were in all their flowering glory.

 

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In addition to the proteas, callistemons, an Australian native, were putting on a show.

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And there were plenty of roses to admire as well.

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Mica Grange In Spring
December 23, 2014

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 This was my second visit to Mica Grange in Sutton Grange this year. I visited in autumn and now in spring on the 9th of November.

The spring experience was quite different to the first visit – there was a new sculpture exhibition and the spring flowers were blooming.

If you look at the photographs in autumn, you will see how dry the country was whilst in spring, the ground was carpeted with green.

I have decided to publish two posts on the spring visit – this one featuring the new sculpture exhibition and the second, the flowers.

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 Wire wrens hop about in Bede’s vegetable patch.

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I tried to be creative with some of my photographs.

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Mica Grange provides a grand setting for the sculptures.

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 These ceramic poles with their whimsical figures attracted my admiration.

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I think this group would need to be purchased as a set as they represent the scattering of dandelion fluff.

Mica Grange – Sutton Grange
March 30, 2014

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I visited Mica Grange on Sunday, the 23rd of March.

The garden is situated on the slopes of Mt. Alexander giving panoramic views of  the Sutton Grange valley.

Mica Grange was the venue for a sculpture exhibition showcasing the talents of local sculptors.

The garden covers a rocky site littered with granite boulders.  It provides the setting for the garden art and sculptures which the owners have acquired over recent years.

The jams, chutneys and cordial for sale demonstrated the productiveness of the fruit trees and vegetables grown in raised beds and wine barrels.

The garden is thriving despite the dryness of the countryside after a long period without rain.

The horse’s head was one of the works on exhibit. Here are some more sculptures which were part of the exhibition:DSCN2785

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Here are other views in and around the garden:

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