This is the front of Woodlands at Marburg, Queensland. (Not to be confused with the one in Germany) It is a beautiful example of late Victorian architecture and as always it will look better opened in a new tab or window. The cast iron lacework is absolutely beautiful and surrounds the whole building. It was built in the late 1890’s by Charles Smith, the property was a sugar plantation for many years before being sold on. It has been many things since then and is now mainly used for weddings and receptions. Lorelle and I are there for the week attending a book show for children. Hundreds of school children are attending for lectures by authors and artists. We have a stall with books from Tell Me a Story Books and of course I’m selling my children’s book, Wuff and Ready. I couldn’t get a wider shot of the front entrance, there is a ring road and a hedge so no way to get that shot. Although I think this gives it that feeling of, ‘yes I’m haunted and I’m imposing enough to look down on you.’
This is the eastern aspect of the mansion which confronts you as you drive in showing off the delicate fret work. It is also a restaurant and conference centre. The rooms are all oak panelled with high vaulted ceilings.
This is Andrew the peacock, Andrew is lonely and spent the morning behind our tent calling out for a mate and alternately showing off his plumage. He spent all morning there before he became sick of the kids clamouring around him.
‘Ahem, excuse me all you available peahens out there. My name is Andrew and as you may notice I live in a mansion. This is Moi at the western end greeting visitors. If you decide to visit you will have access to beautiful grounds, plentiful insects and an unlimited number of human admirers. Sorry, I have the admirers you may bask in the reflected glory.’
‘One of my fave cheesecake shots, I thought I would leave you all panting for more.’
The chapel used for weddings is situated on the other side of the hedgerow down from the front of the mansion. This is a typical example of country churches in the district.
This grotto was built during the period when Woodlands was a monastery. People talk about the mansion being haunted, I came across the spirit of a Jesuit priest down from here, he stood near the hedgerow and the whole area took on a feeling of peace and tranquillity making me a little reluctant to move on.
The only thing I know about these flowers is that they are beautiful.
Same with these, they’re like little bells and seem to have a precarious existence.
That is all for this week, I didn’t have to walk far to get these I did however fall prey to a nesting magpie and copped a peck on my bald spot for my efforts. Ahh, the sacrifices one makes for their art. I’m sure to have something fresh for next week, so I hope you enjoy the offerings.
Paranormal Paratek, Woodlands Marburg. This link will take you to a video on a paranormal investigation.