Post 1: The Outside Amphitheatre Garden Room


Note: I would like  to share with  you  through  these few words, photographs and hyperlinked websites, a 3 Dimensional  experience as though you were  actually there with  us. Click on any photograph and it should enlarge to  different size ….. at least half screen or size full screen. It will be clearer in detail than the photo on the post. It will be as if you were  really there looking at the actual  scene. You are an arm chair traveller with us.




…. The view from the  arbour  where you look down into a small amphitheatre. It has radiating stone

seats with a central bonfire area. This was stone left over from building the internal house walls  ….

stone from the Supreme Courthouse which was  cut from the Kangaroo Pt. Cliffs in 1877.

The seats are covered with foam cushions  stored  for the occasion.

We use this area for large gatherings of people in the winter time when it  is cold  … see  the  photos  below ……


….. It is  7.00 am  in the morning in mid September 2015. It is the start of spring in Australia. I am sitting reading a book in the  arbour and reflecting on life  ….. I  became retired when I had my severe brain injury  twenty years  ago in December 1995. I am just really enjoying the  early morning sun shining  through  the dark  green leaves of  the native wisteria vine growing over the arbour. The sun  shines through  the  abundance of white and mauve  pea – like flowers from the wisteria vine  … see photo  above. I am looking out to my left and see the new cottage garden that Harriet and I have been  establishing in the last few months. It is such a pleasure in seeing what new flowers are coming out this week. See the  post:  Cottage  Garden  Room  with accompanying  photos and words …..

….. Ken and Harriet having a coffee with friends in the arbour ….


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 … This photo shows an earlier reddish shade umbrella in use over the outdoor eating table as in the photo above.

We now have a  green one ….

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…. Big stone entry stairs provide progressive  entry  to the house  and the arbour. With big  square  stone which  has the metal solar light  beside  it, this  is special stone  from Boggo Rd. Gaol  from  1883. I obtained  ten of  these  stones in  1984 from  my demolition friend  Neil for  A$34.00 each.  Neil supplied  the beams  and  posts in  our house. See above. The 1800’s is  very  old  in  Australia  as Captain Cook  from England only  came and  discovered this new  land  in 1770. Cook was a British explorer, navigator, cartographer, and captain in the Royal Navy.

I found out these also had a history. The first gaol in Brisbane was established at Humpybong, Redcliffe in 1824. Then between 1860 and 1883 the gaol was in Petrie Terrace where the old Police barracks are. In 1883 the gaol was transferred to Boggo Rd. Gaol. Capital punishment (hanging) was abolished in 1922. Boggo Rd. Gaol was closed in the late 1970’s and is now used for  periodic cultural functions. This finally means our ten stones date from 1883 …..

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 ….  Old handmade bricks used as  paving at the front door. This external paving picks up the internal swirl of  the  internal paving ….

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…. Burning kerosene lighter being used at night. It gives a lovely  flickering light in the  garden when

we have  groups  of  people over  for  a bonfire  …..


… The amphitheatre  in use at night. It gives a wonderful inclusive feeling  …

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See the next post: Post 2: The Front Garden Room