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Lingering look at windows and Architecture : 1 Church, a Cathedral and a Convent

It’s been a few weeks since I posted some windows but around this area of Western Australia in the 1800’s lived an architect turned Catholic priest. His love was designing and creating houses of God.  

St Francis Xavia Cathedral

St Francis Xavia Cathedral

What a magnificent building this is. Walk inside and it is quite a unique design. It is a byzantine style of architecture.

St Francis Xavia Cathedral

It has an Egyptian feel.

It has an Egyptian feel.

A closer look at the window

A closer look at the window

More stained glass windows

More stained glass windows

Another church designed by Father John Dawes is in the town of Northampton, 50 kilometres north of Geraldton and yesterday we drove there for a look around.

St Mary's in Ara Coeli

St Mary’s in Ara Coeli

 

This small window was round the back.

This small window was round the back.

The late afternoon sun highlights the beautiful colour and texture of the stones. Unfortunately the door was locked. I can only imagine the inside of this smaller church would be charming.

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Next door to this church a convent had been built. Later it became a budget boarding house and now stands empty waiting for some one to decide what to do next with it.

Convent of the Sacred Heart

Convent of the Sacred Heart

 

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That door looks very interesting I think I will go for a closer look

The detail is beautiful

The detail is beautiful

 

I still have to see the church at Mullewa, but that will be another days outing.

I still have to see the church at Mullewa, but that will be another days outing.

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Dawn of “The Day After” hosts 2 challenges. “Lingering look at windows” is a weekly challenge and the “Lingering Look at Architecture” is a monthly challenge. (go to the links for more details)

Forgive me Dawn, I am cheating a bit this week as I am using the one post for both challenges.

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Lingering Look at Windows : Neighbours

Wandering around China Town in Brisbane I noticed these two businesses side by side.

What do you think?

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Dawn from “The day after” challenges us to look for windows and post them here each week. Maybe you have some you can show us.

Visit here to look through more windows from around the world.  

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Lingering Look at Windows : Chinatown, Brisbane

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Even the bank had Chinese designed windows

Even the bank had Chinese designed windows

It is the Chinese New year and the Chinese and Asian community in Brisbane celebrated it in style.

We watched Kung Fu, Lion Dancers and several other Asian dances. The crowds were shoulder to shoulder and the fathers hauled their children onto their shoulders so they could see the action. Very difficult to get any photos, but I did notice some interesting windows.

After strolling round the market stalls we found a shady Vietnamese restaurant, a cool oasis to have lunch.

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Dawn from “The day after” challenges us to look for windows and post them here each week. Maybe you have some you can show us.

Visit here to look through more windows from around the world.  

 

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Lingering Look at Windows : Sky High

 

The man from Snowy River

The man from Snowy River

These photos were taken during a recent visit to Broadbeach a near by shopping centre and a very popular tourist attraction. Lots to see and do, the Casino is just down the road and in the other direction is the beach. Then of course there is the shopping. This is just one of the Malls you can browse around. Niecon Plaza has this larger than life sculpture of the “Man from Snowy River” with the full poem engraved along the side.

The ceiling is all windows that let in light but also the towering hi-rise apartments can be seen peering into the Plaza.

Neicon Plaza

Niecon Plaza

 

The ultra modern "Wave Building"

The ultra modern “Wave Building”

 

Dawn from “The day after” challenges us to look for windows and post them here each week. Maybe you have some you can show us.

Visit here to look through more windows from around the world.  

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“The Man From Snowy River” is a classic Aussie poem and I have found this wonderful, blood stirring video on YouTube. I hope you enjoy it…

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Lingering Look at Windows : South Bank Brisbane

A window of beauty

A window of beauty

 

Seen on a walk along the South Bank of Brisbane these perfect reflections of the Bougainvillea flowering over an arch.

But there is something else in the reflection. Can you see what it is?

The eye in the sky

The eye in the sky

Then I turned round to photograph the real thing. The towering eye in the sky. I remember smaller versions when I was a child and then they were called Ferris wheels. and they were in all the fair grounds.

Eye in the sky

Eye in the sky

I used to know it as a Ferris wheel

I used to know it as a Ferris wheel

An arch of bougainvillia

An arch of Bougainvillea

 

The Bougainvillea is past it’s best but it still is a bright splash of colour.

Well Christmas is over for another year. I hope you are all enjoying holiday time now.

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Dawn from ” The day after” has a challenge to find windows and post them each week. I love these Word Press challenges they open your eyes to the world around you. I also enjoy looking through all the other interesting and varied windows from around the world. Go to Dawns link, you may have some windows you can share with us.

 

 

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Christmas in Sydney : Lingering Look at Windows

David Jones is an institution in Sydney.  It is not only Australia’s oldest department store, but also the oldest department store in the world still trading under its original name. It is fondly known as DJ’s by the locals.

It has traded for 175 years and a very special tradition is the decorating of the Christmas windows each year. Of course we had to see them, so I would like to share with you the wonder and joy of the children, and the adults, as they crowd around to gaze at this beautiful display.

David Jones Christmas windows

All ages enjoy the display

All ages enjoy the display

But it is especially the children that love most

But it is especially the children that love it most

David Jones Christmas windows

It is difficult to capture photos because of the reflections. They are also animated and in this window they are busily preparing Christmas dinner.

David Jones Christmas windows

David Jones Christmas windows

A choir sings Christmas carols

A choir sings Christmas carols

This boy captures his own special moment

This boy captures his own special moment

 

This is a street scene from the 1920's all the figures busily moving around

This is a street scene from the 1920’s all the figures busily moving around

It had to have Santa busily preparing parcels

It had to have Santa busily preparing parcels

Finally a beautiful ballroom scene with the dancers twirling around

Finally a beautiful ballroom scene with the dancers twirling around

I would like to wish all my friends and followers in this marvellous WordPress community a very happy Christmas.

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A special thank you and best wishes to Dawn of “The day after” for giving us this weekly challenge. Take a look at her blog and maybe you would like to join in.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lingering Look at Windows : Reflections of Sydney

Modern cities are monuments of towering glass interspersed with the historical buildings of yesteryear. The glass sparkles and shines reflecting the buildings around them. They fascinate me and make ideal subjects for todays window challenge.

Buildings of all shapes and sizes

Buildings of all shapes and sizes

Busy city street

Busy city street

But look closer and they are all reflections

But look closer and they are all reflections

Reflections soaring to the sky

Reflections of historical Queen Victoria building in front of a glass tower reflected in a glass tower.

 

Sydney Harbour Bridge reflected in the windows of the Opera House

Sydney Harbour Bridge reflected in the windows of the Opera House

The harbour and the city reflected in the Opera House windows

The harbour and the city reflected in the Opera House windows

Statue of the Virgin Mary reflected in the windows of St Andrews school

Statue of the Virgin Mary reflected in the windows of St Andrews school. Can you see Jack?

 

Reflections in the back window of a car of a hotel in the Rocks area

Reflections in the back window of a car of a hotel in the Rocks area

Finally one last reflection in the airport windows as we left Sydney

Finally one last reflection in the airport windows as we left Sydney

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Dawn from ” The day after” has a challenge to find windows and post them each week. I love these Word Press challenges they open your eyes to the world around you. I also enjoy looking through all the other interesting and varied windows from around the world. Go to Dawns link, you may have some windows you can share with us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lingering Look at Windows : Sydney Art Gallery

When visiting new places there are some places that top my list of “must visit” and art galleries are right up there at the top of the list.

So on the first day in Sydney we made a bee line, across the botanic gardens, via St Mary’s Cathedral (more of those later) and into the Art Gallery of New South Wales.

Apart from appreciating the magnificent and varied paintings I also noticed the many windows.

Dawn of “The Day After” is responsible for my obsession with windows as she runs a challenge each week for us to showcase windows we find.

So here they are….

The soaring ceilings

The soaring ceilings, those windows let in lots of light

The classically elegant Art Gallery of NSW is one of Sydney’s most distinctive landmarks. The façade and old wing of the Gallery were built between 1896 and 1909. Architecturally, the building reflects 19th-century ideas about the cultural role of a gallery as a temple to art and civilising values. Yet early designs for the Gallery were less confident about the institution’s role and image. The present building is the work of government architect Walter Liberty Vernon, who secured the prestigious commission over the less conventional architect John Horbury Hunt.

The story of building the Gallery reads like a sensational novel. All the elements – intrigue, personal animosity and nepotism – are present. That the institution acquired such a fine historic building is almost fortuitous. (click here to read more)

Interesting installation with sky lights to shine on it.

Interesting installation with sky lights to shine on it.

The views through the windows are also works of art, and the windows are scattered all over the building in corners. They fascinated me.

The restaurant fascinated me as it had windows looking in from the gallery and windows looking out to the interesting view. A window watchers delight…

Sydney art gallery

This gallery showcased an exhibition of still life art hanging on the walls, and this sculpture of still life dominated the centre of the room, but look at those windows at the back of the room.

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An interesting wall with an installation of reflective windows

It stretched over the stairwell of 3 floors

It stretched over the stairwell of 3 floors

Look at the interesting reflections

Look at the interesting reflections

Of course it is also a great place for people watching...

Of course it is also a great place for people watching…

Finally, nothing to do with windows, but I will share with you one of my favourite work of art. For me this painting brings back memories of my days in New Zealand when I milked cows. I am constantly amazed that, as long as you do not use flash or a tripod, you can take photographs of the art work.

Sydney art gallery

 Spring Frost. Elioth Gruner

Awarded the Wynne Prize in 1919 and painted the same year as Roland Wakelin’s and Roy de Maistre’s experiments in colour harmony, ‘Spring frost’ is one of Elioth Gruner’s most critically acclaimed achievements. With its impeccable sense of light and tone, and its vigorous foreground brushwork, ‘Spring frost’ is a tour de force, and perhaps the most loved Australian landscape painting in the Gallery.

Elioth Gruner painted ‘Spring frost’ according to 19th-century plein-air conventions, but the work also demonstrates a contemporary succinctness of form. To complete the painting – one of his largest compositions – en plein air, Gruner built a structure to protect the canvas from the weather, and wrapped his legs with chaff bags to avoid frostbite. Although painted largely outdoors at Emu Plains, its large size and somewhat theatrical quality make it likely that Gruner completed parts of it later, in his city studio.

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Lingering Look at Windows : Brand New University Hospital

July 31st 2008 is a date that will be forever etched in my memory. It was the day I had a heart attack.

Fortunately I live in an area and a country that has a world-class medical system. An ambulance arrived within 10 minutes and they whisked me into the emergency ward. With expert attention I survived to tell the tale. Now, 5 years later, I had an appointment for my final check.

My appointment was to be at the state of the art “Gold Coast University Hospital”. It opened it’s doors for business only 7 weeks ago and it is an overwhelmingly intricate labyrinth of buildings and walkways. First challenge was to find a car park (and remember where it was) in the 7 story 1200 parking bays. From there it was a search along walkways, down lifts, through connecting passageways. Fortunately there were volunteers to help the many confused patients find their way.

Of course I had my camera with me and it was a great window snapping opportunity.

Tropical palms grace the front of the building

Tropical palms grace the front of the building

We pass through walk-ways connecting buildings

We pass through walk-ways connecting buildings, in the background you can see an ongoing building project that will eventually be a shopping precinct and food court.

Windows and more windows

Windows and more windows

I glance down into a small colourful courtyard

I glance down into a small colourful courtyard

Reflections of more wings

Reflections of more wings

The buildings turn in every direction

The buildings turn in every direction

Finally we find the reception and main entrance and spot a volunteer in blue to help us find our way to my appointment

Finally we find the reception and main entrance and spot a volunteer in blue to help us find our way to my appointment

Ah! Finally I arrive and it was 11am on the dot and had taken 15 minutes wandering around to find this area

Ah! Finally I arrive and it was 11am on the dot and had taken 15 minutes wandering around to find this area

I’m very pleased to report that I was given a clean bill of health (though it was suggested I lose a small amount of weight!!!)

The new $1.76 billion Gold Coast University Hospital (GCUH) is attached to the Griffith University and has led a major expansion of public health services on the Gold Coast. GCUH will be one of Queensland’s largest clinical teaching and research facilities. It will provide specialised health services that meet the needs of patients as well as the learning requirements of our future clinicians.

As we made our way back to the car park we heard the gentle sounds of a guitar and turning a corner we saw this busker.

Music to soothe the soul

Music to soothe the soul

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Dawn from ” The day after” has a challenge to find windows and post them each week. I love these Word Press challenges they open your eyes to the world around you. I also enjoy looking through all the other interesting and varied windows from around the world. Go to Dawns link, you may have some windows you can show us.

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Lingering Look at Windows : Last day on the road

It has been 6 days on the road and just under 2000 kilometres and now we are back home. Matilda (our van) went like the trooper she is. It was also 6 days with only one place to connect with the internet 😦 , but we survived the withdrawals and now it is back into cyberspace.

On the last day we did a side trip into the Blackall Ranges to visit the charming, historic towns and villages of Maleny, Montville. A day of browsing the shops, enjoying Devonshire tea and taking photos.

Old English pub style

Old English pub style

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A pretty place to browse the shops

A pretty place to browse the shops

 

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A church invites you to go inside for quiet prayer time with peaceful music playing

A church invites you to go inside for quiet prayer time with peaceful music playing

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As we pass the Glasshouse Mountains we know we are nearly home and another adventure is finishing. It was a great stay and I will miss the feline family but I’m sure we will be back to visit them some time in the future.

Now to settle in back home for a few weeks before Christmas is up on us, then we will see what 2014 brings…

Bushfires create a smoky, hazy atmosphere

Bushfires create a smoky, hazy atmosphere

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Dawn from ” The day after” has a challenge to find windows and post them each week. I love these Word Press challenges they open your eyes to the world around you. I also enjoy looking through all the other interesting and varied windows from around the world. Go to Dawns link, you may have some windows you can show us.

Categories: Australia, Lingering look at windows, photos | Tags: , , , | 17 Comments

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