Category Archives: Architecture

A Melange of Classic and Contemporary Masterpieces …

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I love this combination and wanted to share …

This is what I try to achieve in my house of course in a much more meager way. Please visit Sotheby’s for more details. Hope you love it.

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Inside Interior Designer Douglas Mackie’s Laboratory of Art – Sotheby’s …

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Bear likes his design and wanted to share with you …

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“Discover how renowned interior designer Douglas Mackie uses his apartment as a laboratory for experimenting with art in the latest episode of our collector profile series A Life Less Ordinary Presented by Hennessy Paradis Impérial. Learn about Mackie’s genius for juxtaposing antiquities with modern art and get top tips on starting your own collection. Click here for more information on creating a legacy with Sotheby’s Private Sales.”

Please watch video this is really great design Inside Interior Designer Douglas Mackie’s Laboratory of Art | Sotheby’s You will enjoy.

Amazing isn’t it he has good taste. Did you get any ideas?

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Glengallan Homestead Warwick QLD Australia …

“Glengallan Homestead, built 1867-1868, is located on the southwestern slope of Mount Marshall at the mouth of a wide valley, running west from Cunningham’s Gap, near the junction of the Cunningham and New England Highways approximately 15 kilometres (9.3 mi) north of Warwick.

This valley was the original Darling Downs, discovered and named by explorer Allan Cunningham (1791-1839) in 1827 in honour of the Governor of New South Wales, Sir Ralph Darling (1775-1858), and the name Darling Downs was later used to identify the surrounding region of open rolling country with rich and deep soils. Cunningham found a gap in the dividing range, and the following year, while visiting Moreton Bay, he found a gap which he thought was the same one he had discovered previously, and which became known as Cunningham’s Gap.” Please go to Glengallan Homestead Wikipedia for the story.

Glengallon was in poor condition before the start of restoration …

As we live close in Stanthorpe we visited the homestead in April. It is still under restoration but here are a few of my photos with my phone …

If you are in the area it is worth the visit. Bear loves old houses and furniture. Hope you enjoy?

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China’s impossible engineering feat …

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“Suspended 565m above China’s remote south-west mountains, the Beipanjiang Bridge took decades to construct and has revolutionised bridge-building around the world.” BBC Travel.

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Please view video at: China’s impossible engineering feat – BBC Travel

China seems to be building some amazing infrastructure for it’s people have seen several examples lately.

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Exploring Warwick QLD Australia …

We went to Warwick QLD Australia today intending to take some photos of the magnificent old 1800s buildings there.

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Unfortunately it is too busy of a Saturday and we will go back on a quiet Sunday afternoon when I should be able to get better pictures of those in the main street.

Anyway had a nice roast pork lunch at the RSL club and here is a sample of old buildings taken with my phone. Please click an image …

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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

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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