Tuesday, December 4, 2012

More Work

Another couple of pics to show the work conducted on recent visits. Firstly, reworking a second door.

This will allow direct access to the deck from the main bedroom. It's also an opportunity to completely rework the surfaces and strip off any old paint, sand back to original and then start repainting - hence the white undercoat. I've also fitted lugs for a padlock and will be fitting an original lock, door handle and striker plate on the next visit. You can also see one of the little wooden lugs I've created that swivel at the bottom of the windows to lock them in place when closed.

Work as also started on the western end.


There was a small patch of rotten matchboard that I replaced with the few remaining scraps of new matchboard that I got a hold of several years ago. You can also see that I've been busy screwing the matchboard directly into the timbers behind, firming them up. There is a lot more of this to do before striping off the old paint, filling the holes and repainting but, with the summer holiday coming up, that should be done relatively soon.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

Old Photographs

This weekend I was able to get some work done on the inside including hanging this picture that I've had knocking around for some years.

Not a brilliant pic I know but it shows how the bulkhead was designed to take this particular picture.

And I also know it's not an authentic QR picture but from an NSW carriage. I remember these pictures in the dog-boxes that I sometimes used to catch home from school. They depicted various views of NSW in an early attempt to promote tourism (and thus train travel) across the state. This particular couplet features Jenolan Caves, a favourite location of mine appealing to my geological bent.

Legend has it that the great photographer Frank Hurley actually took many of these shots for the NSW railways but there is no way of finding out who the original photographer is on these two photographs. I fancy though that, because of the contrast and technique used as well as the then difficult to reach locality, this would be just the kind of shot that Frank would have taken.

Now they grace the bulkhead behind the dining area providing a beautiful and authentic(-ish) setting for the diners.