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!
Time to have a go at my favourite photo challenge. This months words are a mix of easy (maybe) and a bit more to think about. Well the words gave me a lot of ideas. I put a photo in and then want to change my mind. To over come this, I have double dipped with a couple of photos that the words compelled me to post.
To compensate for taking a bit of your time, here are some of my favourite words as you scroll on by
Paula’s first set of words for this year are
I hope you had fun and found that that my photos matched Paula’s words. Want to know more about any of the photos, drop me a comment. Did you see the duck on the fountain?
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.
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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