(Longnose - Part I)
Fucking flu. Lovely sunny day outside, great walkies day and here am I stuck inside, alternatively shivering and sweating and running a temperature. But such is life. Here's some more photos from Point Frederick, from Albany Street which runs down the centre of the Point to the old cemetery. I'm going back to bed.
Not sure how old this one is. The garden wall was in good nick so it was hard to tell how old it was (the oldest block walls usually have crumbling mortar) and there was no old chimney visible, just a couple of modern steel pipe vents. A Federation Bungalow (circa 1890 - c. 1915) and an Inter-War California Bungalow (circa 1915 - c. 1940) both have a brick chimney.
I'm certain it's not a repro. Had a good long stare down the side. The foundations and the style of the unrenovated windows says it's a real bungalow. For now I'm putting it down as Inter-War California.
This one is right across the road from the one above.
It's suffered a renovation, in the late seventies I think. But what I could see of the original bits it's a Federation Bungalow (circa 1890 - c. 1915). Not an Inter-War California Bungalow. Chimney's too old for that.
This one I think is either all repro or there's a little old cottage under there somewhere, built over and around and covered up by renovation and addition.
The style of the chimney is Federation Bungalow. At first I thought it was a real Federation Bungalow chimney after a sandblasting and new mortar. But the bricks and mortar are the same as the steps up to the veranda and those steps are not more than 10 - 25 years old. Brick and stone veranda steps get chipped and worn. These were nearly new and the same age as the chimney.
So, maybe there's an old bungalow or cottage buried under all that reno but without a look at the foundations, I'm putting my money on 1980s Federation revival.
(Sometimes there's no way of seeing the foundations short of leaping fences, crashing about in people's gardens and getting arrested for burglary. That would make a good blog post but I ain't doing it.)
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A wee video of the view from the park at Spears Street Point Frederick. Shows Brisbane Water from Gosford to Woy Woy on a nice sunny day.