Italian Style

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We went to the University of Western Australia on the weekend to catch a concert at Winthrop Hall. The impressive building dates from 1932 and is often described as being Italian style.

It doesn’t strike us as looking so Italian, but that’s mainly because you can admire the building from across the spacious lawn and reflection pool. In Italy the historic buildings often face onto a small piazza, so you have to look at them from up close. If you do that with Winthrop Hall, it looks much more Italian.

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Cany Our Eadt His?

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We were amused by the slogan around the edge of this build plate. It looks like a secret code, or maybe that pig Latin that we used as a secret language at school.

But it’s actually just English, with the spaces between the words moved around a bit. The build plate is on a piece of vintage farm machinery – maybe a seed distributor – at the old police station in Mount Barker.

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Milestones Achieved

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We passed plenty of distance markers on our road trip to Albany. The one above is 35km out of Katanning – if it was 35km from Kalgoorlie, we would have been seriously lost.

These modern signs are informative and very visible, but they don’t have the drama and pioneering spirit of the old wooden ones. The ones below are outside the Historical Museum in Katanning.

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Family Tree

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We were walking through the bushland at Perth’s Bold Park yesterday and noticed this old dead tree beside the trail. But at second glance, we saw that there were two well camouflaged birds sitting on the branch. They are Tawny Frogmouths, which look a bit like owls but aren’t actually owls at all.

We saw Tawny Frogmouths on the same branch about three months ago. However there were three of them on that occasion. Maybe the two parents told junior to go away and set up his own home.

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Wodizzit 3

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We saw this mysterious piece of vintage machinery on a farm near Albany recently. It is The Eclipse “O” built by R Hunt & Co of Earls Colne in Essex, England. But what is it used for?

Believe it or not, this machine is actually a food processor for farm animals. For example, it is used to grind up turnips for pig feed. And why is it so ornately pretty? Now that’s a real mystery.

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