A fifty-eight year old landscape architect from Brisbane, Australia who spent his entire life living within twelve square miles from his home is thrust out on his own after writing a note to his wife of thirty three years and leaving it on the kitchen table. He is leaving her and takes a journey into the unknowns. Wil Sinclair was married with two grown up children. He is conservative and sedate, a traditional man. It all started during a holiday in Turkey with his wife, Betty. The Led Zeppelin words, “Babe, I’m Gonno Leave You”, echoing in his mind as they explored this fascinating land. A flick of a coin in his trusty RAV 4 motor car outside of now closed architectural office in Toowong led Wil to a rented caravan beside the Pacific Ocean at Woolgoolga in Northern New South Wales. It’s here he chances a conversation with a bloke called John who says to Wil, “There’s a spirit in everything. Our surroundings are collections of individual spirits, resonating, mingling and creating the feelings we have with our surroundings. Our surroundings are collections of energies and spirits and we can reach out and connect to them.” Was it a silly thing to say? Not for Wil. He had a need to search for something new and decided to journey to places unknown to find their spirits, hoping he could attach himself to them and receive them as some form of enlightenment. It became a journey of questioning, frustrations, bitterness and awakening to something deep and emotional. Wil realised there are spirits and they are in the land. The land holds its spirits. The place is the spirit and not the spirit being the place. So many conundrums on offer as he explores the complexities of spirituality. How to relate with them becomes his journey. Something of nature, history and knowledge help to open pathways to spirits. Although for Wil it became the simple act of resonating with nature and connecting with his surroundings. His discoveries opened up a new pathway for him as a landscape architect and producing a ‘new’ Wil. He had discovered harmony and connectedness to nature and the wonderful gift nature’s spirits offer.
Ross Lamond is the youngest member of a well-known and respected dairy farming family of the New South Wales South Coast, Australia.
He schooled away from home, completing secondary studies at Sydney Grammar School, Sydney. Upon leaving school, Ross returned to the family farm and over a forty year period, gained extensive experience in dairying, beef cattle production, sugarcane, small crop cultivation and horticulture. An ever present interest in the garden naturalised into that of a nurseryman, landscape gardener and grower of in ground trees for landscape.
Concern about environmental issues such as tree decline, dry land salinity and habitat degradation led Ross into external studies in Environment at Mitchell College of Advanced Education at Bathurst, followed by post graduate studies in Urban and Regional planning at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane.
A chance reading of a Feng Shui publication in 1998, introduced Ross to Feng Shui and its influence on our lives and surroundings. He applied some of its principles into the garden and developed his own interpretation of Feng Shui garnished through personal experience and observation. The interest has led Ross into a journey of self-discovery including that of nature, environmentalism and spirituality. It’s an ever growing interest.
Ross lives by himself, has four grown up children, and likes to travel and garden and write about his experiences and observations.read more