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Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Enduring Elegance

The tourist brochures like to describe Darling as the little town with beautifully restored Victorian cottages and ancient trees. This grouping shows up both those elements. I saw it when I stood in the parking area of Darling Museum where the pretty house is framed by very tall eucalyptus trees.

When trying to find out more about Victorian architecture on the Internet, I found some very opiniated reasoning that broekie lace, half-vaulted corrigated iron roofs over the veranda and other bits of iron fretwork and ceilings were used to hide bad building design. I cannot subscribe to this opinion as the homes portray the way that the Industrial Age not only gave us structures like the Eiffel Tower, but also contributed to domestic homes.

Soon I will take you into the museum to see more inventions of that age.


  1. What a beautiful rendition Marie! You make me wat to move to Darling!

    I would like to extend an invitation to you to join the Artists' Circle on Facebook - go here :
    We'd love to have you as a member.


  2. Thank you, Maree. I look forward to joining your club on Facebook. By the way, I am the cause of so many people wanting to move to Darling that I am in the process of joining Darling Tourism so that I can promote the town on a bigger scale. I am also finding people who want to tell be about Darling in the Fifties, etc!

  3. That's absolutely wonderful Marie! I'm sure you'll be a great ambassador for Darling. I look forward to seeing you on the Artists' Circle where you can keep us up-to-date on your promotion of Darling.

    Regards and have a great day!

  4. We ALL want to move to Darling!! Marie, your paintings are so lovely and I adore the fragile feeling - we need such beauty in our lives.

  5. Dear Marie, this is absolutely beautiful! Your account of Darling is most welcoming, thank you for keeping us all informed about your beautiful part of the world!

    Have a wonderful weekend and I hope you are completely well from your cold... hugs from Theresa.

  6. Thank you for your lovely paintings of Darling, I love this village it is all your paintings portray it to be!

  7. Hi and thank you to all these positive people! My eventual title for this blopgspot will be 'From Bokbaai to Hondeklipbaai'. I cannot use it now as I cannot look into the future, and of course, I will have to move on from Darling, but not yet, not yet!


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