What a spectacular weekend! Thanks to the AFL Grand Final, Melbourne was treated to a three day weekend and the weather gave us a sneak peak into summer. Basically it was three days of walks along the beach and catch ups with great friends.
However, last weekend, on a perfect spring day, I FINALLY went to the Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries Costume Exhibition at Rippon Lea House. Stepping into Rippon Lea was like stepping back in time, to the 1920s and into the world of Miss Phryne Fisher and her crime fighting adventures! Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries is a tv show based on the novels by Australian author Kerry Greenwood. I must admit, I have not watched all of the tv show, but in high school I would devour the novels while daydreaming about what it would be like to live in the 1920s. The exhibition features costumes from season three amongst the stunning backdrop of Rippon Lea House. The historic house alone is well worth the visit, but dressed with the costumes and props from Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries the house comes alive! I particularly loved the greenhouse & the ballroom and the stunning costumes on display there.
Rippon Lea house was first owned by the Sargood family, who owned a clothing and drapery firm in Melbourne, in the 19th century. In 1910 Benjamin Nathan and his family took over ownership of the house. His daughter, Louisa Jones, who inherited the property in 1935, loved to entertain and turned Rippon Lea house into the setting of many balls, parties and celebrations. Today Rippon Lea is a National Trust building.
In addition to the spectacular house, people flock to Ripponlea to explore the gardens and picnic on the lawns. The gardens are full of beautiful flowers and a lake full of bird life (including baby swans- so cute!) I am so glad I waited to go in spring and was able to see the gardens in full bloom.