These wonderful novels have now been made into a TV series. Series 2 is currently showing and every episode is avidly watched by me, and The Golfer!, and lots of my friends. The stars of the show are perfectly cast, the settings are often recognisable landmarks from Melbourne and other Victorian locations, and the costumes….ah!, the costumes…..sumptuous, elegant, beautiful!! And they are now on display at the very grand and splendid Rippon Lea. So, of course, we needed to go!
On entering the grounds we followed this path….
Needless to say, we thoroughly enjoyed inspecting the beautiful costumes, and the added advantage of exploring the rooms of Rippon Lea in which they are displayed. I especially liked the “workroom” where fabrics, notions and sewing equipment were set up, along with drawings of a jacket, and that very jacket “in the making” there for viewing too.
Regrettably no photos of the costumes are allowed, but I did ask the attendant on our way out if I could photograph a pass (which are given out at the ticket office and collected – boo hoo – on entry to the mansion)….
Despite the wind (we’re now ignoring this wind!), it was a spectacular Melbourne Spring day, and our pass gave us access to the beautiful grounds surrounding the mansion….and photos were allowed!
We rounded the corner to the conservatory….
…then down some steep steps to the basement kitchen, laundry, servants’ area, pantry and cellar, all set up as it would have been in the late 1800’s when the mansion was first built and lived in. Unfortunately, the areas were too dark for good pics.
But we did explore the gardens.
Lots of tall old trees….