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Abandonded house

Over the road from the shearing shed this abandoned house made for an interesting image.

From a children's nursery rhyme
"Little Bo Peep has lost her sheep
And can't tell where to find them
Leave them alone,
And they'll come home
Wagging their tails behind them."

Home looks a bit sad here!


  1. What a waste of good CI! I note that the tank stand remains but not the tank!

    Also ... the area is looking very green judging from this image.

    I have just this morning teed up a friend to trek up to Mudgee with me during the final weekend of May. Yee-hah!!

  2. Australians seem to like tin for house siding. Any particular reason for that?

  3. Julie, the land was looking healthy, not necessarily very green. Must be a damp patch in front of this house because the land in front of the shearing shed over the road is not green at all.

    Glad you are going to Mudgee. I know you will enjoy the trip.

    PJ, tin (or as we call it corrigated iron) is not particularly popular for the sidings on houses but is freqently used for sheds. However, it does appear in older dwellings in country areas. I understand that it is a lightweight building material which made it easy to transport.

    Oh yes, one other thing, it is now popular for very modern architect designed buildings ... for those seeking to do something in an Australian vernacular.

  4. Funny, I had the same question in mind as PJ seeing the photo.

    And funny too is that in Germany this "tin" facades are becoming very popular in the last two or three years with "huge" modern buildings (firms, official buildings et al). I am wondering where this architectural fashion comes from - clearly not mimicking an Australian tradition. Neither a German one.

  5. No peeking ... I'm a stay on your side of the fence type of girl.

    Interesting about corrigated iron (CI) getting a run in Germany as well. It is also become popular for interior decoration!!

    I'd never use it, despite it's country feel ... freaks me out reminding me of my parents bathroom where CI lined the walls instead of tiles ... I thought they were so old fashioned! We had some of on the walls in the old part of this house which got demolished when we did the extension at the back ... was glad to see the end of it.

  6. Glenn Murcutt is the architect who uses a lot of CI in his energy-efficient houses. He is actually a Pom!

  7. Now I simply had to look it up: German-English dictionary says "corrugated plate" for up to max 5mm thickness and "corrugated sheet" for more than 5mm thickness and "corrugated iron" independent of thickness.
    Unfortunately the dictionary knows nothing about "Pom" (except it is an abbrevation of "polyoxymethylene" or "prescription only medicine" or "production and operations management" ... ;-) )

  8. Hi Martina, that was an interesting piece of research.

    I wondered if Pom would confuse you. Pom or Pommy is slang for a British (mostly English) person. The dictionary might say it's disparaging but Australian's tend to use it more affectionately.


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