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  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 17 Oct 2016, 05:01
Wonderful B&W. Love all the lines and composition of this picture. Even the hidden gutteridge looks appealing.
Louis: Thank you Astrid. Yes, there is something for Chad as well smile
Wonderful ex colonial house Louis!
Louis: This house was built before the British took over our country - end of 19th century. Very technical it is not colonial - but, the style is the one used for farmhouses in the Cape Colony as well smile
Nothing like what we would recognize here in Hollandshire, Louis! Great in B&W.
Louis: Thank you Ginnie. I can't remember that I have ever seen a corrugated tin roof in Hollandshire - so yes, not Dutch at all.
  • Chris
  • England
  • 17 Oct 2016, 07:19
The more you look the more you see Louis
Louis: It is the kind of thing that happens with b&w, in my experience.
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 17 Oct 2016, 08:20
Corrugated Iron Roof looks quite functional, Louis.
Louis: That roof is there for around 120 years. Waterproof it every 20 years or so and it will last longer than the building. Just makes one helluva noise in a hailstorm.
Oh yes, bring on the gutteridge Louis.
Louis: Just goes to show, that I sometimes think of you, gutteridge smile
Funny how my eyes ignore the house even though it titled such. My eyes automatically go to the trees and plants.
Louis: That is interesting. I have taken the shot so that the stark lines of the building will stand out among all the plants and trees. One should expect that it is what most people see when they view the pic at first. You probably have a high interest in the plants. I always have a silent laugh when people criticise pictures, with comments that the eye is drawn to this or that. To this day I believe that your interests determine what you see first, second, etc.
This small part of the house makes me feel it is inviting to look at as a whole building.
Louis: It is interesting for a number of reasons. The building date from around 1890 and was the house of a more affluent farming family. It is then interesting to see how they built and how they lived. At that time, the farmers (mostly white) that started to settle the land, were either successful and lived in a place like this, or less successful and lived in mud huts.
I don't know why but this looks a bit like a chapel ...perhaps it is the very pointy roof
Louis: The roof makes higher point than normal and there is that little window up there, that provides light in the attic. Both are items that can be associated with a chapel. No graveyard around the house smile
i like the small covered verandah there. throw open the windows and perhaps it would make a nice spot to read a book with a cool drink, Louis
Louis: The english refer to it as a bay window. There are various approaches how to utilise the space. As you describe, you can have a small normal height table and two chairs. Ideal for a breakfast or tea for two. As you can see, the light comes in from all sides. So the best use I know, is a couch-like bench along the inside wall. Very comfortable and enough light for reading.
i like your framing of the farmhouse in b&w Louis... that steel roof will last a long time....petersmile
Louis: Thank you peter. It will last long, I agree.
Love the tones and the composition...
Louis: Thank you Larry. Much appreciated as it comes from you, our building master smile

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