I have a confession to make and shall do it right now.
I have been mistaken in calling what I have been posting, and might I add, enjoyable finding them for you, shades. Yes they do shade and perform a function that helps cool the houses mainly of the past.
See this photo of a very old house, held together with brown paper and string by the look of it, has both examples of the shades I have been posting. The straight ones with fancy or plain brackets or the tin or metal shades. Well the one on the left is an awning and the one on the left is a hood awning. Yes they are awnings, which I thought were what the structures over doorways were called.
I did a confession to Ludwig and I have decided to keep the title of Shades of Grafton going for continuity.
To make it up to you, on my weekend shade searching I found the prettiest hooded awning shades ever!
I have been able to get around town and gather a few more, plus I saw some I’ll have to go back for.
This looks like it has been a recent DYI repair. The flashing tape at the back gives it away
Tastefully restored and retained, even though the windows are aluminum. I like the brackets. I’ll have to try for a side on photo
Another recent restoration. You can see what I mean about the flashing at the rear of the shade. Just plain brackets but the angle is rather sharp. You would have to be sitting down to sticky beak at the neighbours
Ordinary. Nothing flash. They look like a shed job many years ago well restored. I think the owners were in the army, maybe the Q-Store and had some left over paint, if you know what I mean lol
On the weekend I drove around one of the more affluent parts of Grafton looking for some window shades. I was disappointed that many houses didn’t have any or they were removed for aluminum windows that were installed. A lot of the old houses had been either modernised or demolished and big brick houses built.
I did find quite a number that still survived and there were some had been repaired and updated with new tops and painted brackets.
The tops on these shades need replacing. The brackets are so good. I have no idea what is happening with the windows though
These are quite simple with a good paint scheme and vertical supports
I will have to look for more of the newer types (read 1960’s 1970’s) like these few I have found or even newer would be astounding!
Along came aluminum, gone are the decorative side panels and brackets. See how these brackets are a different angles for the size of the window shade. I would have thought the heat from the bricks would get trapped under the shade. Maybe that’s why the brackets are skinny.
Emulating the older bullnose iron style. Again, maybe the height helps with not getting heat trapped. The older one on the building opposite will be along soon, maybe next post
These are the first newer window shades I photographed.
The one and only tiled one I have found. I love the brackets. I didn’t notice the one in the background so will have to try to find this one again.
Continuing on with my theme for Monday Windows of window shades. This week I am showcasing the most prevalent type of shade in Grafton I have found so far, the tin ones with scalloped edges.
These are a classic example, plain with decorative edging
I wasn’t aware that the shades came in different sizes as most are for stock standard window sizes of the early to mid 20th Century. The window has been replaced with aluminum but they retained the shade
Same house, different sized (replaced) window. Both shades need a bit of TLC
The scallops on these are bigger than others I have found. Looks like the Morning Glory (a pest weed here as it grows rampant) is going to take over the house. Again a bit of house love might see a different looking window although I find those burglar preventative window screens are quite ugly.
A trio of happy shades
The shade on the front of the house has it’s fancy scallops on the top rather than around the edges
A mixed bag for December full of highs and lows. It is getting dry again. The lush green that developed over Winter and Spring seemingly disappeared overnight and left brown and crunchy mingled among those stoic grass stems. Most of the photos are from home, a few in town and at Caniaba.
Not as many photos either so maybe you’ll finish before the music
Your scrolling song for December
Let’s get going then
Some mornings were quite misty
A few days ago I visited my daughter and drove past the “Fence Tree” It first featured in this Pick a Word post That photo was from 2017 but was sure I posted an older photo. I am happy to report that the tree is well and healthy.
I don’t think I have ever shown where the fence tree lives
I was looking for a plant that I was going to afix to this board. I picked up the board again and it had a hitch hiker. The caterpillar must have heard that a plant was going to be there just in time for lunch. Sorry little bud, go and munch some bush tucker not garden produce.
I went over to the house dam to see what was going on and found a bit of action. More of the dam stories in this post I looked down after trying to track a dragonfly and there it was sitting on some bark right beside me
At the start of the month I found the first Cicada shell. They are very quiet so far this Summer compared to other years.
There seemed to be a lot of skinks scuttling around the verandahs in December. A little Copper Head had his own patrol line
There was a lot of blue skies and Cabbage Whites were the butterfly I saw the most
I loved the contrast between the flower and the butterfly
Every morning and evening the peep peep peep constant call of the White-throated Treecreeper fills the garden cheerily as they hop up and down the trees looking for a snack.
A couple of Spangled Drongos dropped in for a bath one afternoon. They are around a lot and I hope they have nested here again.
Since the Pied Currawongs left for the mountains for the Summer, there has been a lot more smaller birds around the garden. The Red-backed Wrens come through in their little flock whizzing among the plants. When it’s time to move on, one of the older ones, like this female, hop onto a good vantage point to see if the way to the next stop off is clear.
Most times if there are Wrens around, then Red-browed Firetail Finches won’t be far away
Are you still here? Well come on, it’s time to fly over to see some flowers like the following have done
The eyes on the prize. A Blue-banded Bee picks a tasty Pentas flower
As does a Teddy Bear Bee. One thing I noticed while doing a bit of bee watching is that Blue-banded Bees bully and chase Teddy Bear Bees. I saw a small gang of two then three Blue-banded Bees suddenly appear and chase the Teddy Bear Bee. Strange behaviour for solitary bees I thought
The Crocus flowered very well in the hanging pot in the garden.
Now onto some flowers from the garden at Caniaba. The yellow throat of this Petunia is such a contrast
The bed of Petunias looked lovely
This is the tiny flower of a Paperbark Tree in my place. The birds and bees love them.
Last month I showed the life of a red lilli pilli flower. This is the first flower on a white Lilli Pilli
I just love the petal shapes and colours
Isn’t this rose one of the most beautiful you have ever seen? A Double Delight Rose
Colours shape and form won me with these Gaillardia flowers
I enjoyed being at the dam on hot days before it became too hot. Watching dragonflies dance over the water, the occasional Kingfisher or Kookaburra sit on a branch waiting for movement below
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This weeks shades have all had a make over. I like how these home owners kept the window shade but went for an economical repair by having the roof extend as part of the shade. I like the tulip design on the slats. Pity the wooden window was replaced with aluminum. At least they kept the top windows of coloured glass.
These have to be the chunkiest shades. A basic owner built shades I am guessing. I like how the rear slat extends to the bottom of the window frame giving a nice arc.
Wonderful old tin scalloped shades which are so prevalent around Grafton. These have been restored and repainted in the original colours. The scalloped tin shades are either red or green on the outside of the shades I have found.
You can tell this is a new refurbishment due to the use of mini-orb corrugated iron. All very clean and neat.
I spoke to the couple who own this over one-hundred years old house who were doing some renovations to their front fence. They love the look of the shades and the feel of their house which is such a lovely cottage. These shades have been fixed and painted and the plain tin of the shade is next on the wash down and repaint job list.
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