Old Buildings some occupied others not from round the world: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

© irene waters 2018

Two buildings in the Sunshine Coast hinterland – the top one lived in and the barn below unused. Neither would date back very far. Probably in the 1800s sometime or perhaps as late as 1930s. Our climate is harsh drying timbers, rusting roof metals and ageing even new timber to silver within a year or two.

© irene waters 2018
© irene waters 2020

These two buildings in Sweden are very much older. They are located in Skansen – a museum of how people lived a long time ago. I was fascinated by both the grass roofs giving needed protection from the cold and the size of the beds. Swedes (and probably all peoples of that time) were short back in the 15th century. The animals also lived in the house adding to the warmth that would have been needed.

© irene waters 2020
© irene waters 2020

This house in Akaroa fascinated me. The staircase looked decrepit and the whole building ramshackle. The views from the house would have been fantastic as it looked over the harbour. The chairs everywhere indicated that the occupiers who couldn’t manage to buy curtains were rich as they certainly made use of the view.

© irene waters 2020

Caught as we whizzed by in the car in the middle of a field of sugar cane this structure stood. I have no idea what it was for or perhaps it is still in use as the two sheds below obviously are.

© irene waters 2020

Wooden structures decaying have a beauty about them and Cee has captured those in America beautifully. She has invited us to join in her Fun Foto Challenge which this week is Old buildings, barns and houses.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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4 Responses to Old Buildings some occupied others not from round the world: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge

  1. Teresa says:

    The second photo in the Sunshine Coast looks like it’s not gonna last a day 🤣

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Cee Neuner says:

    Irene, I really like your second photo of that old barn. These old buildings are so cool. 😀

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