Category Archives: Architecture

Amazing castles …

Do you like castles, again I marvel at the effort that it would have taken to build them. Hope you enjoy?

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Simply amazing architecture I marvel at the time and effort that must have gone into building these places.

Swallow’s Nest

Swallow’s Nest

Swallow’s Nest

Wadi Dhar Rock Palace, Yemen

Schloss Drachenburg

Lichtenstein Castle

Pena National Palace, Portugal

Edinburgh Castle from Grassmarket

Russian Orthodox Old-Rite Church

Trakai Island Castle on Lake Galve

Neuschwanstein Castle

Bodiam Castle

Burg Eltz

Burg Eltz

Burg Eltz

Hope you enjoyed.

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Tenterfield, New South Wales …

Drove down for lunch today to a very historic and important town in Australia’s history …

The “Tenterfield Saddlery” made famous by Peter Allen (Peter Allen was born Peter Richard Woolnough in Tenterfield, New South Wales, Australia. He was the grandson of George Woolnough, whom Allen immortalised in his song “Tenterfield Saddler”. He began his performing career with Chris Bell as one of the Allen Brothers, who were a popular cabaret and television act in the early 1960s in Australia. He began performing as “Peter Allen” around the same time. Mark Herron, the husband of Judy Garland, discovered Allen while he was performing in Hong Kong.)

“Tenterfield is a town in New South Wales, Australia. It is located in the New England region at the intersection of the New England and Bruxner Highway’s.”

“In 1841, Sir Stuart Donaldson was running 18,000 sheep on a property that he named Tenterfield Station, after a family home in Scotland. Donaldson was the first premier of NSW and made biannual trips to Tenterfield to inspect his holdings there, which covered 100,000 acres (400 km2) of unfenced land. Tenterfield Post Office opened on 1 January 1849[3] and the township was gazetted in 1851 with allotments being sold in 1854. In 1858 gold was discovered at Drake (Fairfield) and shortly afterwards at Timbarra and Boonoo Boonoo. During 1859 an AJS Bank opened and an Anglican church was built the following year. In the 1860s the Tenterfield Chronicle was published, the district court was established; the building of a hospital commenced and a public school was opened. In 1870 the population was less than 900, but the town had five hotels, a school of arts and three churches. The existing Tenterfield Post Office was constructed in 1881.”

“Sir Henry Parkes delivered his Federation Speech in the Tenterfield School of Arts on 24 October 1889. He was travelling from Brisbane to Sydney, via the new Main North railway. The speech is credited with re-igniting the debate that ultimately led to Federation on 1 January 1901.”  Wikipedia

A humble building where the Australian Federation was initiated

Great day with friends and the best steak I have had for a long time

The Lake District has finally been recognised by UNESCO …

Bear is trying to work out how to buy a house in the Lake District and keep his property in Aussie …


England’s jewel in the country’s crown and now the whole world will know.

Source: The Lake District has finally been recognised by UNESCO – Travel at 60

Bear will work it out I can assure you!

Vintage door lock by John Wilkes circa. 1680 …

Shared by Bear Tales follower Leslie

Thanks Leslie I have not seen this before.

A look at the world’s soon to be tallest building …

“A building that was once conceived to reach a height of over one mile (1.6 km) will soon become a reality at a slightly shorter stature (1 km, or 3,280 feet) that will still set a record. Designed by Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill (pictured) of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture of Chicago, Illinois, the Jeddah Tower in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, is under construction and is expected to be complete in 2020. Check out some interesting facts about the soon-to-be tallest building in the world.”

The multipurpose building will accommodate offices, a 200-room Four Seasons Hotel, 121 serviced apartments and 360 residential apartments.

“A look at some interesting features about Jeddah Tower — slated to be the tallest building in the world.”

Please visit ource: A look at the world’s soon-to-be tallest building

I seriously don’t see the purpose of tall buildings today? If you are doing “office work” really you can work remotely. Apple, Google and Microsoft are not building tall buildings. Explain it to me?

Bear hates heights and what are you going to see from the top – clouds?

Not for Bear.



Remains of 5,000-Year-Old Egyptian City Unearthed Abydos …

Bear loves antiquities and had to share this …




“The remains of a 5,000-year-old city, including a cemetery and several houses, have been unearthed at the site of Abydos in Egypt.

The city, whose size is not clear, dates to the early dynastic period when the first pharaohs ruled a united Egypt, said Mahmoud Afifi, the head of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities at the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, in an Arabic language statement.”

Please visit source: Remains of 5,000-Year-Old Egyptian City Unearthed & Ministry of Antiquities

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Old houses 13 March 2016…

My friends seem mad on sharing images of old houses and buildings at the moment.

So I thought I would collect some to share with you.

Please click an image to view a slideshow of full size images and where I know the location it is shown…

I grew up in an area of Sydney Australia which had been developed in the mid 1800’s and lived in a couple of houses similar to a few of these.

I think they are beautiful much better than the modern rubbish that I live in now!

Hope you enjoyed the gallery. 🙂

c.1823. Rose Hill Avenue, Versailles, Kentucky

Please visit For The Love Of Old Houses where I have found a lot of the images.