Lingering look at windows

Bench Series : March #1 and a walk through Tyalgum

March is here.

I love March, the weather is not so humid, still hot, but bearable. Also in 2 weeks time we will be travelling again. I’m excited at the thought. AND it is my birthday month, actually Jack and I have our birthday on the same day so double the reason to celebrate.

Not having a car we have not been on many trips lately, but this weekend friends took us for a trip over the border to a small rural village with the strange name of Tyalgum. It is situated close to the rim of Mount Warning, the world’s largest extinct shield volcano.

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Mount Warning

There I found an old style village and benches every where, and they were all wooden. Excellent, as wooden benches is the theme for March.

Next door is a second-hand book shop.

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 I spy another bench…

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Interesting windows too. I love the colour. I’m sure Dawn of “Lingering Look at Windows” will like this one.

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Further along the street is “Flutterbies” I am gong to have a quick peek in here, it looks interesting.

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Did you notice the couple sitting outside having lunch? She had a very distinctive fashion style, very 1950’s.

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This village is famous for its Community Hall as the acoustics are excellent and every year a “Classical Music Festival” is held here in September.

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I enjoyed the day out in the country. Come for a stroll around with me. Here is a gallery of some of the other places around this village.

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Jude of “Travel Words” loves benches and she would like us to share any benches we find on our travels in her “Bench Series”, I hope you don’t mind Jude but this week I have combined the benches with Jo’s “Monday Walks“, and even slipped in a window for Dawn at “Lingering Look at Widows.”

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On the way home : Lingering Look at Windows

Only 3 kilometres along the coast from Trial Bay gaol is the charming little seaside town of South West Rocks. Our friends put it as a “must see” and recommended we definitely should visit it.

After the walk to the lighthouse and being immersed in gaol life all morning the time had flown round to 3-30pm, coffee time. First priority was to find some where open. A local bakery is always a good choice. We made it just as they were closing but they made a good coffee and we chose one of their home-made meat pies to sustain us.

I think we must’ve been all “photo’d” out. Do you ever get like that?  As walking around the small shopping area we just looked and didn’t take any photos. Then I spotted some windows and had to snap them. So here are a few window photos.

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I rather like this colour combination.

Then we walked round the corner and down to the beach. This apartment block was all windows.

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When we turned round it was just WOW what a view they have.

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With views like this my photography mojo was turned back on.

What a great place to sit and contemplate or meditate

What a great place to sit and contemplate or meditate

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I tried to catch that magical effect of the sun sparkling like diamonds on the ocean. I vaguely remember reading some where that there is a special expression used to describe this and it has a calming effect on the mind. Can any one out there tell me what it is?

It was a beautiful moment watching the swimmers enjoying the ocean.

So ends another interesting day, not many more days before we will be heading home to the Goldcoast.

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G’day Dawn. I’m sneaking in a second post about windows this week.

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A day out immersed in the art and craft of Bellingen

40 kilometres along the Waterfall Way is the delightful small town of Bellingen. Surrounded by mountains and nestled on the banks of the Bellingen River it has the romance of a place loved by artists of all kinds. What attracts artistic people to a certain place? Is it the beauty and peaceful atmosphere? Is it a few artists settle here and suddenly a commune of artists develops? Whatever the reason in the 1970’s Bellingen became one of those places.

From the 1970s until the present, alternative life-stylers purchased land in the area and built owner-built homes. Numerous intentional communities were established, many of which are still in existence. The rural lifestyle of Bellingen and surrounds has consequently diverged and is now a mix of traditional and non-traditional farming. Many of today’s residents, such as artists, craftspeople, writers, musicians and horticulturalists, have established home-based activities.” (information from Wikipedia)

The old Bellingen Butter Factory is now a collection of art and craft shops, paintings, glass work, leather work, wood gallery, fashion emporium, antiques of all kinds. We spent a pleasant hour pottering around through all the outlets.

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This old corrugated iron shed had been transformed into a fashion boutique but with a difference.

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Can you see it? The trunk of the tree has been allowed to stay and the shed has been formed around it.

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The shops were all clustered around a landscaped court-yard.

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Huge, spacious area packed with fascinating stuff.

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Just look at that beautiful window in the leather shop. Dawn runs a “lingering look at windows” each week and invites us to share windows we see, so here is a gallery of windows I captured around this interesting place.

Of course there is a restaurant/café and a jazz band was entertaining the diners with very good Dixie land jazz. So time out for a coffee and light lunch and sit soaking up the atmosphere.

Before going back to the car we walked down to the river.

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Another 2 kilometres along the road and we stopped in the main street of Bellingen.

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I think this may be one of the alternative type locals. What do you think?

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 A group of locals are having a liquid lunch while the dog waits patiently for it’s master.

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Next to the pub is this old style “Emporium” going inside is like entering a time capsule and going back almost 100 years.

The shop assistants were giving us side ways looks as we oh’d and ah’d our way around taking photos.

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Next door this grocery shop had a definite old-time feel about it too.

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The bank is a splendid example of Art Deco. But then most old towns have very impressive bank buildings, I guess they had the money to make a statement in style.

Just look at the size of these trees.

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Floating down the street came the happy, chirpy sound of an Irish jig and we stood a while tapping our feet to the rhythm. 2 dogs wait for their owners here.

Just to finish our wander around this charming old town I couldn’t resist another gallery of windows.

 

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Lingering Look at Windows over the River

Nambucca Heads is our closest shopping centre. A small town of 10000 people, it was an important coastal port with ship building and timber mills as the main industries in the 1800s and early 1900s. Situated at the mouth of the Nambucca river where the river flows into the sea it is now an ideal tourist destination and the fishing is superb.

Some of the best views in town can be seen from the local RSL club as you gaze through the large picture windows.

Large windows invite you to come inside

Large windows invite you to come inside

Up the stairs past more interesting windows

Up the stairs passed more interesting windows

Morning tea time and not too busy

Morning tea time and not too busy

How can you ignore this view.

How can you ignore this view.

Looking down the Nambucca River

Looking down the Nambucca River, notice the pelicans and the fisherman launching his boat. Those pelicans will be waiting for the return of the fishing boats.

A board walk runs along the edge of the river so after scones, jam and cream to go with our coffee we go for a short walk.

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“Quick, look, look” Jack calls, and we watch entranced as a couple of dolphins leap and play in the centre of the river. They are so fast diving and leaping we could not catch a photo of them. Then, with a last flick of their tails they are gone.

Further along we discover the “V-Wall”, a long row of rocks and boulders along the breakwater where every one is encouraged to make a statement and leave a message or decorate one of the rocks. It has become a Nambucca Heads institution.

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The rocks covered in art work disappear into the distance

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As we wander along reading all the messages there is suddenly a loud commotion in the bay.

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The fish must be running and it is creating a frantic feeding frenzy among the pelicans and seagulls.

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The tide is strong and swift and the birds have to keep flying back to where the fish are.

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Then launching back into the fray. I think that splash of water in the bottom centre of the photo could be a fish trying to get away.

 The climate in Nambucca Heads is close to perfect, with highs of around 27°C in summer, and 18°C in winter. An ideal place for a holiday.

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Dawn invites us to join in her “lingering look at windowseach week and show the windows we have found.

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Lingering Look at Heritage Windows.

Braidwood is another delightful little village we discovered just an hours drive from Canberra and across the border into New South Wales.

Beautiful, historic Braidwood is one of the little gems of NSW’s Southern Tablelands. The town is situated on the Kings Highway halfway between the national capital, Canberra, and the state’s South Coast.

The entire town is classified by the National Trust and Braidwood is the first complete town to be listed on the NSW State Heritage Register. Braidwood also boasts about the fact that we still retain most of the Georgian town plan, one of the last left in Australia. The rural life and charm of the town is carried on against many fine examples of 19th century architecture.

Beautiful churches, pubs, cafes, galleries, craft and antique shops all operate in sensitively restored old buildings which have served the town since the frantic gold rush days of the 1850s.

Braidwood street scene

Braidwood street scene

This was a big temptation

This was a big temptation

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Then we found this interesting place and had to go in for a browse around.

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Inside was a wealth of bric-à-brac, memorabilia from days gone by, and local art and craft.

I peered through this window…

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It looks very interesting, so went along to go inside.

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Oh dear. Well we will have to find somewhere else to eat. I had Googled Braidwood to check out their restaurants. So many and they all sounded good. I chose “The Albion” it had good ratings and excellent comments.

(I wonder how many of you use Google to help you make decisions)

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We had 2 friends visiting us for the weekend and had all gone our separate ways, exploring the many interesting shops. Jack had arrived at the Albion before us and when we arrived he was watching the people go by and had struck up a conversation with a local. Notice all the diners on the balcony, fortunately I had booked a table so we ate inside.

We all agreed I had chosen well and we had a delicious lunch. So well fortified we wandered back out to explore the other end of town.

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I loved all the details on the buildings, the iron lace balustrades, the embellishments and the carved roof decorations. A treasure trove from the past and so good to see it being preserved.

The camera is in over-drive I could not ignore all the interesting windows.

It was a fascinating place, so much to see. I’m pleased we talked to a local in Bungendore who noticed us taking lots of photos of her village and recommended we visit Braidwood.

There were some older, buildings that had not been renovated and they had a charm of their own.

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I hope you have enjoyed this wander around this interesting Heritage town in the glorious spring sunshine.

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Dawn invites us to join in her “lingering look at windows” each week and show the windows we have found.

Also Jo invites us to take a ” Monday walk” with her. Now I know this is mid-week Jo, so I’m not sure whether I am late for last Monday, September 29, or cheating a bit and am early for October 6th. But on October 6th we will be on a Greyhound bus heading out on a 7 hour bus ride to Nambucca Heads and our next house sit.

 

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Lingering Look at Science Windows

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The CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation )

Employing nearly 6,500 staff, CSIRO maintains more than 50 sites across Australia and biological control research stations in France and Mexico. The primary roles of CSIRO include contributing to meeting the objectives and responsibilities of the Australian Federal Government and providing new ways to benefit the Australian community and the economic and social performance of a number of industry sectors through research and development. (information from Wikipedia)

This is one of the largest research and development institutes in the world and it has a discovery centre. Aimed mainly for children it explains and shows in charts, videos and interactive material what they do and the things they have discovered and developed in the past. One of the discoveries I really appreciate is the insecticide that repels those pesky mosquitoes.

Explained in easy to understand language, no scientific jargon, we were absorbed and impressed with all the displays, but it was also the building and windows that caught my cameras attention.

Entering the door to discovery

Entering the door to discovery

The upper floors are were the experiments and office work is carried on.

The upper floors are were the experiments and office work is carried on.

But what is that flying over to meet us?

That is a BIG bee

That is a BIG bee

Just one of the many displays

Just one of the many projects being (ha ha) worked on.

It is school holiday time but still children with parents are trying all the interesting exhibits.

It is school holiday time but still children with parents are trying all the interesting exhibits.

We found the information and videos about health very interesting

We found the information and videos about health very interesting

Jack studying information about the brain

Jack studying information about the brain

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After a couple of hours we were ready for a sit down and a snack. Before going  to take photos of the outside of the building.

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Another of Canberra’s hidden gems.

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Dawn host’s a windows challenge each week. Click here to take a look at windows around the world.

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Lingering Look at Windows : National Library Canberra

Like all the buildings in the Parliamentary triangle this is a very impressive building.

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National Library Building

 

The National Library of Australia is the largest reference library of Australia, responsible under the terms of the National Library Act for “maintaining and developing a national collection of library material, including a comprehensive collection of library material relating to Australia and the Australian people.” In 2012-2013, the National Library collection comprised 6,496,772 items, and an additional 15,506 metres of manuscript material.[1](Information from Wikipedia)

What caught my attention was the stained glass windows in the café.

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Bookplate café

It was busy and we had to queue for a table. It was certainly worth the wait.

A place to meet friends and enjoy a coffee

A place to meet friends and enjoy a coffee

Many of the customers were government workers

Many of the customers were government workers

With a free internet connection many had their computers with them.

The book shop also had stained glass windows

The book shop also had stained glass windows

The glass used was a heavy and chunky. Take a closer look. The colours are so vibrant.

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This library is for reference purposes and large areas are reading rooms for study purposes. But there is more than that in this huge building. The “Treasures Gallery” showcases some of Australia’s important historical documents and artefacts. An hour can quickly slip by as you study Captain Cooks journal. Follow the extraordinary story of Edward Mabo and his fight for justice and Aboriginal land rights. Truly a treasure trove bringing Australian history alive.

Wandering into a second gallery we discovered the amazing art and story of J. W. Power. Follow this link to read the story of this almost unknown artist who left a huge fortune to the Sydney University.

J.W.Power, Susannah and the Elders, 1931-32

We spent almost 4 hours discovering all this library had to offer. If you are in Canberra set aside half a day, you will not be disappointed.

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Dawn (The day after) hosts a weekly window challenge. You will see interesting windows from around the world. You may like to join in.

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Lingering Look at Science Windows.

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 Questacon is a large centre with more than 200 interactive exhibits relating to science and technology. It has many science programs that are devoted to inspiring the children of Australia to love science.

We spent a couple of hours exploring the many interactive exhibits and watching the hordes of children of all ages enjoying them too.

But it was the huge windows that caught my attention.

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A ramp wound up and took you through 8 different rooms of discovery.

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Wow how many of us can you see?

This is just another of the interesting things to do in Canberra.

Dawn hosts a “Lingering Look at Windows” post each week. Take a look at what other windows people have found from around the world this week. 

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Lingering Look at More Heritage Windows

Hampton Arms Bar

Hampton Arms Bar

 

The Hampton Arms Hotel was built in 1863 and we had a delicious lunch there after we went back in time last Sunday, as we followed the Greenough heritage trail. These are a few more windows from that drive.

Look at the thickness of the walls.

Look at the thickness of the walls.

This added a touch of whimsy

This added a touch of whimsy

 

This heritage store is waiting for renovation and the corrugated sheets keep prowlers out.

This heritage store is waiting for renovation and the corrugated sheets keep prowlers out.

 

You have already seen "Home Cottage " in another post but I had to add just one more window from that lovely old house/museum

You have already seen “Home Cottage ” in another post but I had to add just one more window from that lovely old house/museum

 

Another interesting building is the old goal in Geraldton. It has been well-preserved and is now used as a craft shop with each small cell used as a display of hand-made crafts.

Door into the cell with a well barred window

Door into the cell with a well barred window

This small patch of sky is all you can see from inside the cell

This small patch of sky is all you can see from inside the cell

 

This small window is high up on the wall

This small window is high up on the wall

 

Even the skylights are barred. No getting out of this goal.

Even the skylights are barred. No getting out of this goal.

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Dawn from her blog “The Day After”  encourages us to look for interesting windows and link them to her challenge “Lingering Look at Windows”. So this week I am showing you a few more windows I found as we followed the heritage trail.

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Lingering Look Through a Window into the Past

looking through to a by-gone era.

looking through to a by-gone era.

 

Museums are marvellous places, they take us back to times gone-by and show us how it used to be. The big city museums are usually rooms with different collections of all things. But I love discovering the small country museums lovingly put together and researched by the local community. Quite often they are in a heritage building that has been thoughtfully restored.

When we turned into the drive to “Home Cottage” it was like going back to the 19th century. The home  built  by John Maley in 1860 for his new bride Elizabeth Waldeck as a small 4 room cottage, soon had to be extended as the family grew to 14 children. As the most impressive building in the area and John being a successful business man, known by all as “King of Greenough Flats”,  it soon became the social centre for the community of Greenough.

Home Cottage built 1862 with the help of convict labour.

Home Cottage built 1862 with the help of convict labour.

For me the true heroine of this story is Elizabeth, his wife.

An amazing woman

An amazing woman

Cast your mind back to this era, no modern conveniences, no supermarket, Perth, the nearest city almost 500 kilometres away and transport to get there was horse and cart.

Can you imagine how Elizabeth coped? 14 children, constant visitors calling in, a huge house to maintain and a garden to look after. She did have one maid servant, but reading Elizabeth’s diary (on display in the museum), the maid was quite lazy and uncooperative. No doubt the children had to do their share of the chores. Often John had to be away to look after other business concerns and Elizabeth would be left for days on her own and in those times, as well as usual chores, there was the added burden of running the flour mill that was on the property.

A botanist friend would visit regularly and he planted the beautiful pepper trees dotted around the property and giving much-needed shade. So come with me into the world of Elizabeth and John circa 1800’s.

The large, mature pepper trees provide much needed shade for the back of the house.

The large, mature pepper trees provide much needed shade for the back of the house.

Enter through the small door and suddenly you are in a world were every thing you do is hard work. To provide a meal means first of all growing the vegetables, killing and curing the sheep, beast or chicken, baking the bread, which is an all day task, chopping the wood for the wood-burner stove. Hopefully there has been enough rain to fill the tanks, but it will need heating for washing duties.

Wood-burner stove with the bread oven alongside

Wood-burner stove with the bread oven alongside

A table with a history

A table with a history

Information about the table

Interesting information about the table

What resourceful people the pioneers were, and what a beautifully crafted table this is. A table this large would be needed for the family. I can imagine the happy times shared around this table, the laughter and chatter at meal times.

Times were hard but in a small tight-knit community they would make their own entertainment. There would always be a friend or neighbour to help.

Old style irons

Old style irons

Ironing was another essential chore, non-iron fabrics were not invented and cottons, calico and wool needed washing and then ironing.

The iron bark clothesline

The iron bark clothesline

 

Essential sewing machine, all clothes had to be hand made

Essential sewing machine, all clothes had to be hand made

Finally the days chores would be finished and time to go to bed.

Be careful these stairs are very narrow and steep.

Be careful these stairs are very narrow and steep.

The old wire mesh bed-stead

The old wire mesh bed-stead

I remember my Mother had one of these bed bases with an old horse hair mattress. It made a great trampoline for a 5 year old girl, but it was very saggy to sleep on.

The children's beds

The children’s beds, the quilts would be hand made too. When would they find the time?

Time to get up as the morning sun shines in the window

Time to get up as the morning sun shines in the window

Look out to see what the weather will be. No radio to tell you what to expect

Look out to see what the weather will be. No radio to tell you what to expect

In 1888 disaster struck this area. It was a Sunday in February, a normal mid-summer day, the sun beat down and the heat was oppressive. Unbeknown to this community a huge deluge of rain fell in the mountains a long way up north. Within hours the Greenough river was a roaring torrent With no communication systems to warn them, the first indication of danger was the roar of the river. Imagine the horror as the Greenough Flats became a huge lake 48 kilometres long and 5 metres deep in parts. 4 people drowned and houses, crops and stock were destroyed.

Home Cottage and the flour mill were not affected. Elizabeth provided shelter and food to many of the homeless families. The photos and accounts of this disaster were heart breaking to read about.

John Maley’s biggest losses came about by the many farmers that owed him money not being able to repay their debts after the flood had wiped them out. Many families moved away after the flood, some going to the gold fields, others starting up in other agricultural areas. John had to sell off many of his business ventures.

Finally a walk down the garden path took us to the “Dunny”, no plumbing and inside loos back then. But this is no ordinary Dunny.

Now would you want to share???

Now would you want to share???

Notice the newspaper hanging on the peg on the wall?

I can still remember in the 1940’s, as a child in England, using the newspaper for toilet paper. We did not have an outside dunny, but times were hard after the war. 

The museum was established in 1966 by the Geraldton Historical Society then purchased by the local council in 1971. It is now managed by the Community Group of Greenough. Part of the house is still occupied by a manager, and as we left he called out to us

“Take a walk down to the river, it’s not often we see it with water running in it”

Take care, we could hear the roaring as we approached.

Take care, we could hear the roaring as we approached.

You can see part of the road is washed away

You can see part of the road is washed away

 

This was only caused by quite a minor rainfall that we have had over the past 10 days. I can only imagine what it was like in 1888.

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Dawn from her blog “The Day After”  encourages us to look for interesting windows and link them to her challenge “Lingering Look at Windows”. So this week I am showing you a few windows I found at the museum.

 

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