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For all you artists or artists at heart, a beautiful 2-storey artist's studio in a charming Leura Garden setting is available now for a short term rental. The studio is of Japanese architectural style and is very private and perfect for the artistic work at hand. Wonderful place for reading, meditation or taking tea in the garden. Call Jane Canfield for bookings on 0409 692 780. We love this space and in spring it should be Leura at its best!
And for a "pat on the back" to Leura's Silk's Brasserie: among the NSW Awards for Excellence, Silk's won the 2010 Contemporary Australian Restaurant, Blue Mountains. This is a wonderful kudo for the staff and owner, Stewart Robinson and we aren't surprised. In June, we stepped into Silk's out of the Blue Mountains chill for lunch -- a tender breast of chicken served on subtle greens -- lite enough fare for lunch but warming the tummy in June weather. The "special" Silk's bread is worth a thousand words on a wintry day. We arrived early, but by 12:30pm tables began to fill. At a nearby table, a couple were celebrating with a bottle of bubbly -- perhaps newly "in love," but certainly enjoying the window table at Silk's. Give yourself a Silk's treat on your next visit to Leura.
Leura Gardens in Winter
We invited Leura's Barry Jarrott, owner of a landscape business and gardner extraordinaire to write today's post and as one would expect, his thoughts turn to all that is beautiful (and blooming) in Leura in this season.
Mid June in Leura, the chill and damp juxtaposed with gorgeous bright frosty mornings. The last remnants of the perennial borders, cut back, mulched with leaf litter and put to rest for the winter. Autumn’s chores finally completed and a gardener’s mind turns to catalogues and with them, the promise of what could be in spring and summer.
While visitors to Leura huddle around the wood fires and the warm hospitality of Leura’s interiors, the gardener’s spirit will always draw one outdoors.
An expedition into the crisp winter air rewards us with the exquisite perfume of Daphne, Witchhazel, Woodbine, and Wintersweet. Camellias with sumptuous blooms catch our eye and upon a closer look, nodding Hellebore flowers – a multitude of subtle intricacies of form and colour. Clumps of snowdrops with their simple and almost pure form and bright yellow winter Aconites – all combine to delight the senses of the gardener during this contemplative season.
So slip into those gumboots, don a warm coat, wrap on a scarf, step outside and wander into the miracle of winter.