For this Traces of the Past, I recently spent a bit of time on a rainy day in the Cathedral Church of Christ the King in my town of Grafton NSW Australia. The Cathedral was finished in 1884. Originally there was a small wooden church on the site built in 1842. The Cathedral is in a great green space in the heart town with the bell tower ringing out the time, a tradition I love.
The hand carved foundations made of sandstone
This side of the Cathedral has lots of lichen
The northern face. You can see the two halves of the church in the roof line where the second part was added
Looking toward the front door and the white roses in the garden.
Looking towards the old bell tower
Looking along the aisle to the back of the Cathedral
The pews have been replaced by comfortable chairs with cushions
Some of the old pews have been retained
The old wooden seats in the front of the cathedral have been kept as well but with cushions added for the comfort of the cathedral officials.
There are many parts of the Cathedral that have been kept in good order
The font in front of the dedication to the Indigenous history of the Clarence Valley.
The ceiling is wonderful highlighting the history of the Valleys timber history
One of the brick arches that support the structure
The back of the Cathedral where you can see the shapes of the stained glass windows
Looking inside. Aren’t the lights lovely
A bit of selective colour
I couldn’t not show you the colour version
And of course I also had to include a bit of the nature who live around the Cathedral. You will always see a Skink or two on the walls.
Hope you enjoyed a look around the Cathedral in my town.
Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Structure
This is what remains of the first house I built on my property. It was built as a temporary structure until I was able to build a proper house.
The structure is poles (from trees cut down on the property) in the ground with fence palings as the outside walls and a corrugated iron roof.
The only part left standing is the laundry and bathroom. This is the only part of the old house that has a concrete floor and is now home to Old Smoky, the farm ute.
The windows were second hand as was the roof
I dismantled most of the structure to use in the new house. Some bits had to stay as they held up the roof
It was raining when I decided to take the photos. Maybe one day I might do another post about the old house.
The Daily Post word prompt: Encrusted
For a century and a bit
laying on the shore,
The Daily Post word prompt: Silence
The Cattle Yards
The once bustling sounds
of men mustering.
as they are moved about.
running about the legs
going this way and that.
the cattle yards lay silent
Grasses stand tall
about the wood.
Lichen grow on
Hinges start to rust
Wood starts to rot
Now silence abounds
The Daily Post word prompt: Silence
Lost in time.
Around the dray.
The clanking, clinking
The steady clip, clop
of years gone by
Are heard no more.
Around the dray
For Thursdays Special: Traces of the Past I am going back to the recent past as Australias history is just over 200 years.
A property near my place they have some implements that were used on the farm in the 19th Century.
It used to take 2 days to go to town by horse and cart. Now-a-days I can drive to town in 25 minutes
I think this was a stick rake. The seat doesn’t look very comfortable. It is similar to my tractor seat though.
It is a pity to see the wagon falling into disrepair. My Grandfather was a Wheelwright and would be disappointed to see this wagon like this.
The iron work is still in good order despite being out in the weather for quite a number of years
The Daily Post word prompt: Study
The way of study in years gone by.
Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge: Arches, Domes and Half Circles
A varied mix of Arches, Domes and Half Circles from Toowoomba, Florence, Figueres and at my place.
The Arched light support in Toowoomba
Half-Circle handles on the Teapots in the Ground Up Cafe Toowoomba
The Arches in the Toowoomba City Art Gallery
Half Circles graffiti Toowoomba
Arches on the White Horse Hotel Toowoomba
The Dome on the Dali Museum in Figueres
The blue Domes on the Great Synagogue in Florence
A Spangled Drongo wondering if the bird bath is a Half Circle or an upside down Dome
Dutch goes the Photo word prompt Message inspired me and I just had to put this photo up again.
I saw this on the street in Ballina, a town just up the road a ways. At the time, and still now a couple of years later, it is a silent protest at the Australian Government holding refugee children in detention.
The word prompt from Frank at Dutch goes the Photo is Progress
Remember writing letters? The letters progressed from here………