The Willoughby Incinerator is an Art Deco gem that has been lovingly restored and converted into a a cafe and art gallery. Built and designed by Walter Burley Griffin in 1930, it is also very historic. As you may or may not know, American architect Walter Burley Griffin worked at Frank Lloyd Wright's Oak Park Studio (1901 - 1905) and then later won an international competition to design Australia's capital city Canberra in 1912. After he completed Canberra, he made his home in Castlecrag and set about designing and developing the three suburbs of Castlecrag, Middle Cove and Castle Cove. There are also several Burley Griffin designed stone buildings in Castlecrag that still stand in addition to the quirky suburb and street layout which anyone familiar with Canberra would recognise as being designed by Walter Burley Griffin due to its circular nature.
Anyway, I have been meaning to take some photos of this art deco beauty for some time now and finally this morning I got the chance!
One of my favourite landmarks in Sydney is The Sydney Harbour Bridge. I drive over it most days and every time I do, it is an absolute treat! Even whilst driving you can appreciate the aspect, the view of the approaching city and the wonderful cloudscapes. It's even better when you walk over it - the view is spectacular - so high up and all that beauty of the harbour and ferries and The Sydney Opera House below.
These paintings and drawings of the bridge being built are by local Sydney gal Grace Cossington Smith. She was born in 1892 in Neutral Bay (quite close by to where the bridge stands) and was a pioneering modernist Australian artist. I think these are some of my favourite art works depicting Sydney.
I came across these magical pussy cat water colours by Serbian artist Endre Penovác recently. He has to my mind captured the essence of the feline in these paintings, don't you think? You can see (and buy!)more of his wonderful work here ---> Saatchi Art.
This is my drawing of Eloise The Serious Knitter - I made her into a gif today. As you can see she has a very important friend who is assisting her with her knitting. I think anyone who knits and owns a cat will understand this scenario.
Something I've been working on this weekend: Famous Cat People. And here I have also collected some interesting tidbits about each of these terrific people.
Mark Twain was a very keen cat fancier and was quoted as saying, "When a man loves a cat, I am his friend without any further introduction." Here are some more Mark Twain cat quotes and also some photos he took of his beloved cats too.
Queen Victoria was a very keen animal humanitarian and had a number of pets during her life (mostly dogs) which included a pretty white persian cat called White Heather. You can learn about her love of animals and the white persian here.
French author Sidonie-Gabrielle Colette had a number of cats that she was very fond of and even wrote a book called "La Chatte" which features a cat as one of the main protagonists.
Isaac Newton, discoverer of gravity and inventor of the cat flap door! Yes, that's apparently correct, Sir Isaac Newton invented the cat flap door for his cat Spithead. Spithead would open the door to his room which Newton wasn't too happy about and so invented the cat flap door in 1700. Read all about it here.
Winston Churchill was a huge cat fancier and had one called Tango (a ginger tom) and another called Mickey (a tabby). For more stories of Churchill's cats click here.
John Lennon was a lifelong cat fancier and owned a number of them over the years including: Elvis, Salt and Pepper and Major and Minor to name but a few. More info here.
Vivien Leigh was very passionate about siamese cats and had a number of them given to her by her husband Sir Lawrence Olivier. Their names were Tissy, New Boy and Poo Jones. You can read more about her history with cats here.
The well known Crimean War nurse Florence Nightingale reportedly owned sixty cats plus over the course of her life! Wow!