Woodbridge/Guildford, Perth, Western Australia July 2020

Afternoon coffee at the “Riverside at Woodbridge” and then to Barkers Bridge over the Swan River at Guildford.


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“Woodbridge”, Ford Street, Woodbridge, Western Australia c.1885

Captain James Stirling took up land here in 1829, the same year the Swan River Colony was settled. He named his property ‘Woodbridge’ as it reminded him of the area around the home of his wife’s family in Surrey, England. Stirling had a small cottage built but spent little time there. At the end of his term as Governor in 1839, Stirling left the colony and leased the property to various tenants.

Charles Harper married Fanny de Burgh in 1879 and the following year took up a lease at Woodbridge. In 1883 land was purchased and the Harpers began the construction of a large family home. Two years later, Charles, Fanny, their three sons and one daughter moved into the completed house.

Jetty on the Swan River below “Woodbridge”

Fields around “Woodbridge”

Barkers Bridge, Swan River, Guildford, Perth, Western Australia

Riverside, Barkers Bridge, Swan River, Guildford, Perth, Western Australia



Wagin, Western Australia

A day trip to Wagin, a rural town in the Great Southern region of Western Australia. It is 225 km from the state capital Perth and is well regarded as a wheat and sheep producing region. It came into being in 1889 after construction of the Great Southern Railway and was originally named Wagin Lake. Each year (it beat the pandemic this year) Wagin hosts ‘Woolorama’, an agricultural show which is a major community event.


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“Bart” The Giant Ram, Wetlands Park, Arthur Road, Wagin, Western Australia

Butterick’s Buildings, Tudhoe Street  c.1912

Post Office, Tudhoe Street

Palace Hotel, Tudhoe Street c.1905

Mitchell Hall Hotel, Tudhoe Street, c. 1895

Mitchell House, Tudor Street

Butterick Building, Tudor Street c.1905

Rotunda, Tudor Street

Galt Drinking Fountain, Tudor Street

This fountain was presented to the Municipality of Wagin in January 1929 by Alexander Galt, an immigrant Scotsman, who operated a hardware importer business in town. It is number 18 manufactured at Walter Macfarlane’s Saracen Foundry in Glasgow, Scotland.

National Australia Bank, Tudor Street

Courthouse, Tudor Street

Moran’s Wagin Hotel, Cnr Tudor and Tavistock Streets c.1900

“Ladies Rest.Room”, Tavistock Street

Rear Garden, Cresswell’s Emporium, Tudor Street

Town Hall, Tudor Street

Wagin District Club, Tavistock Street

Loading Doors, Heritage Building, Tavistock Street

14 Tavistock Street

Rusting Dodge, Tavistock Street

Uniting Church, Ranford Street

Wagin Argus, Cnr Ranford and Tavistock Streets

‘Crumbling’, Wesley Hall, Tavistock Street

Fence Line, Tavistock Street

Street Sign, Tavistock Street

Note the Ram logo – on every street sign in town

St George’s Anglican Church, Lukin Street

St George’s Hall, Cnr Trenton & Tarbet Streets

Council Gardens, Arthur Road

Wetlands Park, Arthur Road

Country Cottage, Trenton Street

Old Industrial Building Windows, Tarbet Street

Masonic Hall, Tarbet Street c.1907

Wheel Rim, Beaurepaires, Tudhoe Street

Community Centre, Tudhoe Street

Originally built for the Union Bank in 1927 and once occupied by Elder Smith & Co. Now a community centre and utilised also by the local RSL.

Street Mural, Trent Street

Wagin Road Board, Trent Street c.1912

“Rustic Furniture”, 76 Tudhoe Street

Derelict Rural Buildings, Great Southern Highway (…and goat)

Railway Tracks

Graffitied Railway Rolling Stock, Great Southern Highway


Greece 2019 Part IV

A day in Athens to walk around and explore the area.


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Mater Terra Shoe Shop, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Souvenir Clothing Shops, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Flea Market, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Entrance to Hellenic Folk Art Exhibition, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Romios Tourist Shop, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Closed Tourist Shop, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Restaurants, Mitropoleos, Athens, Greece

Black Cat, Mitropoleos, Athens, Greece

There is no end of stray cats wandering around all over the place all over Greece!

Shopping Arcade, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Doorways, Pandrossou, Athens, Greece

Graffiti, Mnisikleous. Athens, Greece

Graffitied Doorways, Mpenizelou Paleologou, Athens, Greece

Athens is one of the worst places I have ever seen for graffiti…. sadly scenes such as this are absolutley everywhere you look all over the city. There is a definite sense of a lack of civic pride evident.

The Metropolitan Cathedral of the Annunciation, Mitropoleos Square, Athens, Greece

Light Standards, Square Mitropoleos, Athens, Greece

Church of Virgin Mary Gorgoepekoos and Saint Eleutherius, Mitropoleos Square, Athens, Greece

The church is built on top of the ruins of ancient temple dedicated to the goddess Eileithyia which is thought to possibly date to the 9th century.

Templar Cross, Church of Virgin Mary Gorgoepekoos and Saint Eleutherius, Mitropoleos Square, Athens, Greece

There are many wonderful and symbolic carvings in the walls of this church.

Apollonos, Athens, Greece

Gated Doorway, Apollonos, Athens, Greece

Architecture, Apollonos, Athens, Greece



Greece 2019 Part III

The time in Athens continues with the obligatory visit to Ther Parthenon at The Acropolis of Athens, a World Heritage Site.


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Leonora Rain Storm Aftermath

Just a brief trip back in time for some images of a pretty heavy dose of rain on 12 February 2014 in Leonora, Western Australia.

See Google Maps position of Leonora [Click me]


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Tower Street, between Leonora & Gwalia

Goldfields Highway

Goldfields Highway and Nambi Road Corner

Rajah Street

Railway Bridge at Rajah Street

Greece 2019 Part II


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Church of the Pantanassa, Monastiraki Square, Athens, Greece

Flea Market, Normanou, Athens, Greece

Normanou, 5, Athens, Greece

Derelict, Ermou, Athens, Greece

Street Lamp, Agiou Filippou , Athens, Greece

Archaeology, Agiou Filippou, Athens, Greece

Church of the Apostle Phillip, Adrianou, Athens, Greece

Archaeology, Adrianou, Athens, Greece

Adrianou Suites, Kinetou, Athens, Greece

Hotel 360 Degrees, Monastirakiou. Athens, Greece
[Where we stayed in Athens]

Orthodox Priest, Monastiraki Square, Athens, Greece

Tzisdarakis Mosque, Monastiraki Square, Athens, Greece.JPG
[Now the Museum of Greek Folk Art]

The Parthenon, Athens, Greece
[Taken from our hotel]

Tour Bus, Ermou, Athens, Greece

Church of Agia Kyriaki, Athinas, Athens, Greece

Fountain, Kotzia Square, Athinas, Athens, Greece

Statue Of Pericles. Athinas, Athens, Greece

Urban Art, Menandrou, Athens, Greece

Sculpture, Panagi Tsaldari , Athens, Greece

Derelict Building, Kallirrois, Athens, Greece

[Buildings like this were not an uncommon sight in Athens]

Sleeping Dogs, Rovertou Galli, Athens, Greece

Wandering Cat, Acropolis, Athens, Greece

[Cats and dogs wander every where in Greece – not domestic in the main but survive due to locals feeding them]

Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Dionysiou Areopagitou, Athens, Greece

[Located on on the slopes of the Acropolis – built by the Romans in 161 AD]

Gathering Clouds, Terminal Car Park, Piraeus, Greece

Our Bus Caught Fire, Vassilisi Amalias Avenue, Athens, Greece



 

Greece 2019 Part I

We arrived in Athens at night and went to our hotel (360 Degrees Hotel) which is situated in Monastiraki Square it has a rooftop bar providing a magnificent view of the Acropolis and Parthenon. The hotel features a brilliant retro decor theme.


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The Acropolis from the rooftop bar of 360 Degrees Hotel

The Parthenon is a marble temple built between 447 and 432 BC, during the height of the ancient Greek Empire. It was dedicated to the Greek goddess Athenais located atop a compound of temples known as the Acropolis of Athens.

Altar of Aphrodite of Urania

As seen from the rooftop bar. The Altar of Aphrodite is the best preserved monument in the north side of the Agora. It was constructed in the 5th cent. BC, but remained in its place serving the adjacent temple dedicated to the same goddess, which flourished mainly during the Roman period. Most of the altar still survives.


Greek White Wine



Some of the Retro Decor both in our room and the hotel common areas.


Iceland 2019 Part XI

The last of Iceland, next stop – GREECE!

Mountain Landscape, Gjábakkivegur, Laugarvayn, Iceland

Geothermal Activity, Haukadalsvegur, Geysir, Selfoss, Iceland

“Strokkur”, Haukadalsvegur, Geysir, Selfoss, Iceland

Hvítá River, Biskupstungnabraut, Geysir, Iceland (White River)

Old Farm Buildings, Biskupstungnabraut, Geysir, Iceland

Cloud Shrouded Snowcap, Tungufell, Iceland

Snowcapped Mountain Range, Tungufell, Iceland

Gullfoss, Ölfusá River, Tungufell, Iceland

Gullfoss means Golden Falls. It is on the Ölfusá River which is fed from Langjökull Glacier and has a drop of 32 metres in two stages.

Icelandic Countryside Transport, Gullfoss Car Park, Tungufell, Iceland

Vehicles like this are a common sight in Iceland and are needed to negotiate the Icelandic conditions in winter.