In looking back through my photos, I wonder if it was just our appreciation of a beautiful sunny day that made us take so many pictures.
I was till in awe about the grey and yellow tones of Australian greenery, the different styles of housing and the views of warm, blue Pacific.
Australia has always seemed to me a funny mixture of slightly American: all the balconies, BBQs, surfing, wide streets, poisonous creatures and a gold rush in their history. But they are also British: tea, rugby, cricket and of course they are part of the British Commonwealth.
|'Flats' on stilts!|
Australia seems quite European as well: soccer - I gather they call rugby football - nice apartments in suburban and urban areas, good public transport systems.
|I took five snaps of traffic to get this cute little bus stop / shelter.|
I'm sure that Australians could come up with a far more sophisticated list!
We could see a lot of history here as well, not to mention that we were still walking through a prosperous area.
And I'm sure that a lot of what pushed our buttons would seem nonsense to plenty of folks, eg how many people do you know who get really excited at spotting an art deco font? (Or for that matter, art nouveau fonts?)
We found this building called Redleaf pretty amazing, particularly as it houses the Woollahra Municipal Council.
This reminded me of when I worked up in Morpeth and my colleagues at the local authority had their District Council offices in Longhurst Hall.
Redleaf is apparently 'Victorian Italianate', built in the 1860s.
The council originally acquired this property because it included a popular public beach which was in danger of private development and enclosure.
I was also enthralled by the Woollahra Municipal Library,
|One can just see the bookshelves in that back room; |
doesn't it look like just the best ever reading nook?
which I have since learned was a home built for a son of a Redleaf proprietor in the late 1800's.
I spoke to a woman standing outside and it turned out she, too, was visiting from Britain.
|Entrance to the magical library.|
Surely such a gorgeous building would inspire even the slowest and least enthusiastic of readers. Sadly we had a ferry to catch and so didn't have time to explore further inside.
One of the things that tickled Bill was seeing the sign in the car park at the Rose Bay Police station.
I wonder how many people parking there would refer to themselves as a 'customer'?