Friday, June 24, 2011

Friday - Not Funky

I worked from home until 9.30 am then had an appointment at 10.00 am. Leaving from my appointment, I opened my sunroof in the MG while on the way back to the office. Mid winter, 17 degrees, trees with no leaves....ooops, that rhymes. Not intended really!!

View from my sunroof, late morning in mid-winter.

Arrived at the office - rather bland, don't you think - all concrete and glass. Well, they keep my life style intact. Love the work, just a long way from home really.

BUT!!!! Would you believe that there is some history amongst all this industrial concrete and glass. The Harricks settles here and created a community in the mid 1800s.

Harrick's Cottage is of cultural significance as a rare surviving example of a pole constructed, tent shaped dwelling and is an example of an Irish immigrant settler's hut dating from the early 1860s. The pole and scantling tent structure built in 1861-62 forms the central part of the timber and weatherboard cottage complex added in 1886. It is of interest in demonstrating early vernacular building techniques commonly adopted by Irish farmers in the gold rush and post goldrush period in Victoria. The weatherboard and iron hipped roof cottage and skillion addition of c1886 is typical of the majority of Georgian style farmhouses and cottages which found widespread application in Australia as a result of immigration from Ireland and other parts of Britain (Criteria B.2 and D.2). Harrick's Cottage is of cultural significance because of its links with the sub-division and agricultural settlement of the Keilor region and for its association with James Harrick, a Councillor of long standing on the Keilor Shire Council from 1898 to 1910.

Then around the corner, I discovered another piece of architectural heritage in the style of a bluestone church.

I work so far from home that Friday nights its really nice to be welcomed home by a glass of sparkling white from Samur, dinner and a delightful desert that Sue put together while we relaxed in front of the tellie.


  1. 17C in mid winter. Nobody likes a smart Alec you know :)
    I rather like your office building but then I like modern architecture.
    What's the dessert? It looks yummy.

  2. Me, a smart Alec - OK, yes that's me......
    I'll let Sue tell you.
    Hi Craig. It was a flourless chocolate cake with cream and caramelised hazelnuts. It was all meant to be about the hazelnuts. I tried to put them in caramel and let them drip so they ended up with a big spike...but it didn't work. Try different sort of caramel next time.
    Was yummy though.

  3. Sounds gorgeous Sue. Recipe please when you get it perfected :))

  4. Ooooh, you are spoiled, aren't you? Martine

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