People are the backbone of blogging. It has been a joy to discover new people around the globe, make virtual friends, get to know people that I may never meet face to face.
Thank you all for following my ramblings, for the likes and comments and encouragement. Happy blogging everyone 🙂
Generally, I’m not comfortable taking photos of random people, strangers, but sometimes, I just have too!
The Shard is the tallest building in Britain, with viewing platforms on levels 68 to 72. London is spread below, with the River Thames winding through the city.
We looked down on the Tower of London, Tower Bridge and Canary Wharf.
We looked down on St Paul’s Cathedral, London Bridge and other bridges across the river.
We looked down on the London Eye, the Houses of Parliament, but looking into the sun, we saw our own reflections.
We looked up into the blue, blue sky. We looked around at the champagne bar and other visitors.
We also visited the “Loo with the View” the most distinctive toilets I’ve seen 🙂
Today I went to a house auction for the first time. Just for the experience.
We had a quick look inside the three bedroom house built in 1890. Large rooms with such high ceilings.
The auction process took place out on the pavement and street. Bidders had to register and therefore had a number card to raise. The auctioneer gave out the legal details, deposit amount required today, completion in forty five days. The bidding started at $500,000 increased in $10,000 jumps, a few people dropped out, increased further in $5,000 jumps, then in $1,000. A couple of agents were on the phone representing bidders from interstate or overseas. The house sold at $640,000.
It was a fascinating and exciting process, an interesting way to sell a property.And I’ve ticked another thing off my “new things to do” list.
Rosny Barn is a gem in the heart of Hobart suburbs. The stone building dates back to 1818, just fifteen years after the first European Settlers arrived in Tasmania.
It is constructed from round river stones, sea shell mortar, with sandstone blocks on the corners and around doorways. The roof is made from wooden shingles.
It is believed the barn was used to store hay. The height of the barn and the two sets of double doors opposite each other would have allowed hay wagons to drive through for easy loading and unloading. The vertical slits at the top of the walls would have enabled air to circulate, reducing the risk of fire.
The overall site is Rosny Farm, with a mix of stone, brick and wooden buildings, ruins of stables and farm outbuildings. The farm well is marked out as a circular bench.
Rosny Cottage was built around 1850 and was the home of farmers and labourers.
The School House is a replica from 1890 and is now a small gallery.
The barn now hosts performances and exhibitions and has beautiful wooden doors.
I’m linking this to Norm’s Thursday Doors Series