Sunday, 4 October 2009

Grey Day at Watson's Bay - Part III

Well, I may as well get the architecture bit over with so we can get on with other stuff (what other stuff?).

Jane pointed out this wrought iron, saying it was very traditional for the Sydney area. The iron work and the shutters reminded me of New Orleans.

I just found a brief history of Watson's Bay which mentions the social mix of fishermen and gentry and their houses being built side by side.

I like the smaller homes much

better or at least the older ones.

I found some of the miniature front garden very appealing.

I'm not fond of this glass and steel stuff (and I think their plant needs some Viagra).

Looking around the thought visited my mind and took up residence: if Minnesota is known as the "Land of 10,000 Lakes" (11,842, to be both more exact), Australia should be known as the "Country of 10 Squillion Balconies".

Squillion is a word they use in Australia; I've never encountered it elsewhere, but then I lead a simple life and don't normally have use for that term (which refers to a fictional number).

Actually, I think that's nearly all my photos except for a couple of lighthouses

and a Lighthouse Keeper's Cottage, but there's a story attached to the latter and it will have to await another day.


Boywilli said...

I actually like the glass and steel houses in amongst the trees. I think it is the Mies van Der Rohe idea of volume and space so that the buildings fit lightly in the environment rather than an imposing mass of wall and roof.
Mind you, I only think it works on a domestic scale, I am not that keen on "modern" office blocks, even in Chicago.

Rick Stone said...

Aww, a lighthouse. We did find one lighthouse our our sorjourn to southern Alabama. Fortunately, it was situated on an island and was not accessible to the public so I could only take a picture and did not have to climb the silly thing.

Shelley said...

Rick, You know, it didn't even occur to me to see if we could climb it! We walked our socks off as it was, I didn't really feel the need.