Every now and again, we get invited to an outstanding property where I wonder “What is this place?” Our arrival at Mundo Perdido late yesterday afternoon reminded me how blessed I am to be travelling around, meeting such creative wonderful people and seeing such treasures first-hand.

Sculpture at Mundo Perdido, Baldivis, Western Australia, July 2013
The letters on the boom gate read "mundo perdido" — the lost world — and it certainly feels like we're entering a different dimension!

Bruce and Sophie Wicksteed have turned their property into a collection of creative expressions. When I asked Bruce about his sculptures, he playfully dismissed it as “just playing with junk”, but I look around the land and feel inspired to make my space more beautiful too!

Sculpture at Mundo Perdido, Baldivis, Western Australia, July 2013
A huge slinky of terracotta roof-tiles lays in the grass near the driveway.

Sculpture at Mundo Perdido, Baldivis, Western Australia, July 2013
Bruce has built many sculptures from scavenged objects, and he's placed them around his property.

Sculpture at Mundo Perdido, Baldivis, Western Australia, July 2013
I love the contrast in the different types of metal used and the way this sphere is placed on a stump.

Sculpture at Mundo Perdido, Baldivis, Western Australia, July 2013
A larger star-burst sits out the front of the house.

Sculpture at Mundo Perdido, Baldivis, Western Australia, July 2013
An interesting assortment of industrial tools are scattered across the property, sitting on their own on pedestals of tree-stumps to raise them out of the junk-yard status and into an expression of a creative mind.

Sculpture at Mundo Perdido, Baldivis, Western Australia, July 2013
In a back paddock, a cruiser waits for passengers to board it via the jetty.

Sculpture at Mundo Perdido, Baldivis, Western Australia, July 2013
This cow isn't doing a very good job of keeping the grass down!

Sculpture at Mundo Perdido, Baldivis, Western Australia, July 2013
"Eternity" is carved on a rock and suspended from a rusting metal tripod.

Mundo Perdido, Baldivis, Western Australia, July 2013
Small gardens at the rear look into back paddocks where kangaroos graze in the early morning.

Mundo Perdido, Baldivis, Western Australia, July 2013
The residence is warm and welcoming for us, with toys for the girls, chai for me and friends for us all!

We’re staying here for a couple of days, and I’m thankful to be invited to this “lost world” and get a break from city life. I was able to use today for long-overdue modifications in the bus’ wiring system so we now have more 12-volt lights installed. I’m also changing the existing cabinetry to make a permanent home for our new ratty girls, and being on a rural property means I can work freely with tools and equipment spilling out of the bus while the girls play in and out of the house (and bus) with their new friend.

More than just for the convenience of parking and playing, I am so thankful for this opportunity to get to know Bruce and Sophie. We crossed paths at the first Australian unschooling conference in 2010 but didn’t connect personally until now.

I’m loving being among such beautiful, vibrant people where we share laughter and intimate struggles in equal amounts. Encounters such as these fill me up for the times when I am lonely, for I still haven’t managed to be at peace at being alone.

Thank you so much, Bruce and Sophie (and Maya), for bringing us to your gorgeous home. We are all enjoying it so much, and I am in awe at your magical creativity!