CHRISTINE M. KNIGHT

An Australian author who provides insight into the human condition.

Poetry

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Gary's Song from the novel 'Life Song'

Sunday, January 15, 2017

A country rock song, 'Gary's Song' has complex harmonies created by voice layering techniques. It uses a backup choir who often sing antiphonal responses. The choral component of the song is not fully written down in this copy of my lyrics from 2013. It is indicated by the parentheses. The current title continues to be a working one.

Intro
Love
(Is more than desire).

Verses
I’ve loved you for a long time,
(Seen the seasons come and go),
Shared days of wear-‘n- tear,
Looked for ways to give you hope.
You fell in and out of love,
(Others came and went.)
I‘ve been your go-to-guy,
Your best mate.

But now I’ve found
Someone to love
Who loves me
The same way in return.
She brings me joy,
(not velvet heartache).
I am secure
In her love.

Chorus

It’s time
To let go, (move on)
It’s not farewell
(But au revoir).
You'll always have a place
In my heart, my life
Because of what
We share.

Verse
They say:
You can’t love two women,
(No, you can't!
No, you can't!)
Yeah, I do -
Differently,
(Don’t know that is true.)

Chorus
It’s time
To let go, (move on)
It’s not farewell
But au revoir.
(Au revoir)
You'll always have a place
In my heart, my life
Because of what
We share.

Verse
It took time for me to see
Love has strands
Of different colour.
Each hue and shade
Defines the other.

I’ve loved you for a long time,
(Seen the seasons come and go),
Shared days of wear-‘n- tear,
Learned love is more than desire.

Outro
Because of you,
(Because of you,)
I know (I know)
Love
Is more than desire.
Love
Is limitless, (is limitless),
Love is limitless.

SCATTING OUTRO
Love is more than desire.
You are water; she is fire -
She the heart's beat, you breath.
Love cannot be denied or suppressed.

© Christine M Knight 2013 (a song from my novel 'Life Song')

In terms of word choice, I originally went with 'love has no limits' even though I know that the words HAS and NO are mutually exclusive.  You can't have nothing as nothing cannot be possessed.  I went with it because of the internal rhythm structure of the lyrics. Ultimately I chose to go with love is limitless. 

 

 

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Wednesday, September 28, 2016

A Model for Modern Women

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

She was a role model
For modern women. 
Liberated from the labels 
That had defined earlier generations, 
She was an expert on things cosmetical
From surgical to chemical. 
She was a product of the cutting edge, 
A manufactured woman, 
Celebrated in magazines, 
Sold across the nation. 
In matters of weight, 
She knew exactly how much to weigh in. 
In the powerhouse of business, 
She was inscrutable 
(Thanks to regular Botox injections). 
A beneficiary of affirmative action, 
She traded in ideas and influence. 
A follower of fashion, 
She rode the wave 
After the second wave of the women’s movement. 
Her flawless smiling image on magazine covers 
Guaranteed sales at supermarket checkouts. 
Articles about her reassured women, 
Interested in material culture, 
That their personal fit was simple, 
A mere matter of purchase. 
“Image is all that matters,” she said, 
From her chair in Wonderland, 
Her smile lingering like the Cheshire Cat. 
Was she happy? Did her life have meaning? 
Such questions are absurd. 
She was a role model for women 
Living life through the looking glass.

©Christine M Knight

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Thursday, July 14, 2016

The Real Deal

Thursday, July 14, 2016

'The Real Deal'  is written in 4/4 time. Christine M Knight developed this up-beat song when working through a writer's block for scenes related to a performance at the 2000 ARIAs by Nikki Mills, the central character in 'Song Bird'. 

Should you wish to contribute to Christine M Knight's music production fund so that this song, along with other songs, can be produced in the near future, you can do so by buying one or more of her songs through CD Baby, iTunes, or Amazon, Microsoft Store  etc.

MAN: RAP VERSE 1
You’re the finest woman I ever did see.       
Body shapely,
Good-looking as can be.
When you walk by, men stare.               
There ain’t another woman             
Who can compare.                 
Come be with me.               
Let’s take a trip to Eden                
A place without rules,            
Without inhibitions.                
Come be with me.                
It’s the time.                    
It’s the season.                    
Don’t pause to think                
The heat we’re feeling’s 'nough reason. 
Come be with me.

WOMAN: SUNG CHORUS - minimalist drums
Don’t proposition me.
Don’t take me for passion’s fool.
Don't want to be your trophy,  one of many or few.
COUNT OF 6 BEATS - percussion crescendo

I’m a woman with a brain and soul,
Someone with values and goals.
I want more than a phantom delight.
I want respect and
A love that's true for life

MAN: RAP VERSE 2
You’re the finest woman I ever did see
A vixen, perfection like in magazines.
Come be with me.               
Let’s take a trip to Eden,               
A place without rules,            
Without inhibitions.  
Let's go to that place
Where life's sweet to taste.
Come be with me.
Let’s get hot and heavy.
Let passion be unleashed
So the valleys and hills
Echo with pleasure.
Come be with me
Before you grow old
And passion grows cold.

WOMAN: RAP REPLY
While I appreciate the intention of flattery,
There's more to me than what you see.
I don't want to be told I’m perfection,
An ideal that’s not real.
I’m not striving for the unattainable,
Objectified femininity,
A Barbie doll, fake, unnatural shape, fantastic, plastic.
I'm a strong woman, independent, a go-getter,
Not a prize to be won  
Displayed, used, abused, discarded.
I’m the real deal,  
I'm a woman who knows her own worth,
Has done so since my birth.
I want more than a phantom delight.
I want respect and a love that's true for life.

BRIDGE- SUNG - MELODY AND COUNTER MELODY - change in drumming

MAN Don't say no!
WOMAN (I don't want to be a trophy)
MAN: to desire.
WOMAN (Made that mistake with another man)
MAN: Don't put ice
WOMAN: (I want more than  phantom delight)
MAN: on fire.
WOMAN Oh no! Oh no!

WOMAN - SUNG CHORUS - minimalist drums
Don’t proposition me.
Don’t take me for passion’s fool.
Don't want to be your trophy,  one of many or few.
COUNT OF 6 BEATS - percussion crescendo

I’m a woman with a brain and soul,
Someone with values and goals.
I want more than a phantom delight.
I want respect and
A love that's true for life

OUTRO

Man:      Don't put ice on fire.
Man:      Don't say no! to desire.
Woman: I want more than a phantom delight
Woman: I want a love that's true for life.
SCATTING

SPOKEN: I'm not passion's pool.


© Christine M Knight

 

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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Sunshine Days

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

The lyrics and music for 'Sunshine Days' developed out of Zoey Blake's subplot in 'Song Bird'. Verses are written in E minor with the chorus in G major.

Growing up is rarely easy as teens like Zoey come to terms with some of the harsh realities of life. As part of that process, Zoey is sadder but also develops resilience in Knight's 'Life Song' and 'Song Bird'.

Should you wish to contribute to Christine M Knight's music production fund so that this song, along with other songs, can be produced in the near future, you can do so by buying one or more of her songs through CD Baby, iTunes, or Amazon, Microsoft Store  etc.

You have hear Christine's other songs by selecting MUSIC on this website's NAV BAR

VERSE 1
I long for
Days of innocence.
Times
That I was care free.
When I didn’t know
What I know now.
And lived
in surety.

CHORUS
They were
Sunshine days
Of easy living,
Breezy nights
Warm in camaraderie.
I lived in
Golden moments
Of possibility.

VERSE 2
Since then,
I’ve lived the choices
Others made;
Not had the love I craved.
An outsider,
Different from the crowd,
Wondering
Why.

CHORUS
I long for
Sunshine days
Of easy living,
Breezy nights
Warm in camaraderie.
When I lived
Golden moments
Of hope and surety.

A solo break for the alto sax.

VERSE 3
I know that
Happiness
Must come from within
It’s elusive when linked to things.
It’s hard to throw off the blues
And view life
Through a different lens.

CHORUS
I will reclaim
Sunshine days
Of easy living,
Breezy nights
Warm in camaraderie.
I'll value
Golden moments
Of hope and surety.

 © Christine M Knight

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Saturday, November 07, 2015

The Flame

Saturday, November 07, 2015

 'The Flame' is a song from 'Song Bird' by Christine M Knight. You can listen to it and other songs from the novel on iTunes. You can buy 'Song Bird' at this link.

INTRO
Love is an eternal flame.
             Love is an eternal flame.

VERSE: MAN
I once thought
Love was pure desire,
A hunger, fever,
An appetite on fire,
Consuming lovers
That came my way.
Relationships
Blazed and faded.
 
VERSE: WOMAN
I once believed,
Love was like breath,
Something we were preset
To feel and express.
Seduced by a masquerade,
Got burned and learned,
Actions, not the serenade,
Love's truth confirms.

CHORUS
Now I know
Love's an eternal
Flame.
It burns brightest
On the darkest
Days.
It fills my heart,
Soul, and mind.
So profound,
It can’t be denied.
Love forgives.
It accepts.
Love knows
The wonder
In wonderful.  

Steadfast, constant,                        
Loyal, true
That’s what I’ll be
On life’s road with you.
When things‘re tough?
You can depend on me.      
You hold my heart
For eternity.   

Now I know
Love's an eternal
Flame.
It burns brightest
On the darkest
Days.
It fills my heart,
Soul, and mind.
So profound,
It can’t be denied.
Love forgives.
It accepts.
Love knows
The wonder
In wonderful.
Love knows
The wonder
In wonderful.

  © Christine M Knight

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Saturday, November 07, 2015

The Road to True North

Saturday, November 07, 2015

The Road to True North is a song from the novel 'Song Bird' by Christine M Knight available in paperback and eBook form from  Amazon.

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Travelling down
The golden road,
I'll be staying true to
That course.
There's no looking back
To where I came from.
I'm heading
For a better life.

Sometimes,
When I'm on the road,
The going’s easy
And the road hums.
At times,
The road is steep
With twists and turns.
It's such a grind.

When the whirlwind blows,
It won’t sway me off course,
‘Cause my compass is set
To true north.
It guides me
Through the dark days,
Life's maze.
I’ll stay on course.

I'm on my way down
The golden road
Through a land
Of glitter and gloss.
I’ve got my eyes wide open
So there'll be no straying.

I'm on my way down
The golden road
Through a land
Of glitter and gloss.
I’ve got my eyes wide open
So there'll be
No mistaking
The manufactured and the false.

Wiser now than before.
I've learnt life's lessons.
I know the score.
I'm in control of my destiny.
I won't let trouble
Get the best of me.

I'm on my way down
The golden road
Through a land
Of glitter and gloss.
I’ve got my eyes wide open
So there'll be no straying.
I'm on my way down
The golden road
Through a land
Of glitter and gloss.
I’ve got my eyes wide open
So there'll be
No mistaking
The manufactured and the false

 © Music and lyrics by Christine M Knight

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Sunday, August 02, 2015

Masque

Sunday, August 02, 2015

'Masque' is a song from 'Song Bird' by Christine M Knight, available from Amazon.  You can hear the full song at CD Baby.

In the novel, this song is co-written by international singing sensation, Nikki Mills, and rock legend, Rick Brody. The word masque refers to the elaborate decorative masks worn at costume balls where ritual and role were entrenched in past centuries in Italy. The word is relevant to the manufactured images of performers in the music industry and the challenges some performers face in being real in relationships.

 Should you wish to contribute to Christine M Knight's music production fund, you can do so by buying one or more of her songs through CD Baby, iTunes, or Amazon, Microsoft Store  etc. 

For American readers, as an Australian, I use the British spelling and grammar system.  

VERSE 1- MAN

I’ve lived life
As a masquerade
Defined by
Roles
I have played.
I’ve been a
Shape shifter
The person
Others
Expected me
To be.
Disguised and
Drifting,
I lost
Sight
Of my identity.

VERSE 2 - WOMAN

Take off the mask.
Farewell the double face.
You don’t have to pretend
With me.
I know the fear of
Being real.
When you are true
To yourself
You can be
True to me.
I know the fear of
Being real.
When you are true
To yourself
You can be
True to me.

CHORUS - DUET

Strip it off.
Let it fall away.
Turn desire into
Heat and fire.
Strip it off.
Let it fall away.
Touch and taste
Intimacy.
Get down and
Be real with me.
Strip it off.
Let it fall away.
Turn desire into
Heat and fire.
Get down and
Be real with me.

BRIDGE

Barefoot, naked,
Disguises shed,
In our natural states,
We can live
Without the masks
That bar love
You can be true
To yourself and me.

WOMAN:

Take off the mask.
Farewell the double face.
You don’t have to pretend
With me.
I know the fear of
Being real.
When you are true
To yourself
You can be
True to me.
I know the fear of
Being real.
When you are true
To yourself
You can be
True to me.

CHORUS - DUET

Strip it off.
Let it fall away.
Turn desire into
Heat and fire.
Strip it off.
Let it fall away.
Touch and taste
Intimacy.
Get down and
Be real with me
Strip it off.
Let it fall away.
Turn desire into
Heat and fire.
Get down and
Be real with me.

Get down and
Be real with me.
Get down and
Be real with me.(repeated expressively a number of times with sax ad lib)

© Christine M Knight

The cover art below is the one I ultimately did not use although I did like the comment the visual made about the difficulty in removing a mask. 

 

 

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Friday, July 10, 2015

Move on - a song

Friday, July 10, 2015

'Move On'  lyrics evolved from the novel 'Song Bird' by Christine M Knight, available through Amazon and Book Depository, and Barnes and Noble.  

VERSE 1

At times, life can be a struggle.
Life experiences
May hurt and humble you.
There’ll be times
When you lose your way.
Don’t give up; keep faith that
You’ll come out of the dark
Into brighter days.

VERSE 2
'Though the dark presses in and
Hope has deserted you.
Know that there are times
That we all lose our way.
No point beating yourself up
For past wrongs.
Resolve to do better,
And move on, move on, move on.

BRIDGE

Undo the ropes
That tie you to the dark.
They have served their purpose
But now it's time to depart.
Learn from past mistakes;
Don't repeat them.
Resolve to do better.
Move on; move on; move on.

CHORUS
Don’t give up; keep faith that
You’ll come out of the dark
Into brighter days.
No point beating yourself up
For past wrongs.
Resolve to do better,
And move on, move on,
Move on!

© Christine M Knight

 

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Friday, May 01, 2015

LOVE IS ALL

Friday, May 01, 2015

'Love is All' is a song from 'Song Bird' by Christine M Knight available through Amazon and Book Depository. 

VERSE 1
Before I knew you,
Your face, or your name,
I thought love was a dream,
A fairy tale.
But now I know
That love is real.
Its breadth and depth
Beyond imagining.

VERSE 2
While I can imagine
A life without you.
It's not one I want.
It's not one I seek.
Love changed life's meaning.
Life is so much richer now.
You bring out the best in me
And I you.

CHORUS
Love sustains me
As I weather life's storm.
Love lifts me up
When I'm down or forlorn.
Love nurtures
The soul.
Love understands
The need to dream
And evolve.
Love is all. 

© Christine M Knight

LOVE IS ALL is the lyric to a song from my third novel 'Song Bird'.  It is written in 6/8 time with the 1st and 4th beats played on the drum's rimshot.

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Sunday, March 22, 2015

Window Dressing

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Bureaucracy -
Well-intentioned,
Complicated by layered protocols,
Clogged by lock-step, mandatory processes,
Weighed down by governance overhead -
Lumbers wheezily towards the stairs of progress.

Management -
Career focused,
Risk averse,
Informed by theory -
Doggedly devoted follows.

Jane and Joe Q worker,
Denied a voice,
Shake their heads.
More time,
More money
Spent on frenzied activity ...
With authentic outcomes listed
On the back of
Yet another business card.

©Christine M Knight

 Note: An Australian, Christine uses the British spelling system.

 

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    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    An era, a show and a legendary album

    Thursday, March 16, 2017

    John Shortis and Moya Simpson’s playful sense of humour was evident from the moment I entered their Bungendore property. Their next-door neighbour’s gates featured a sign that read 'Ironing done here'. The wall plaque near Shortis and Simpson’s front door read 'Irony done here'.

    Over a steaming mug of coffee, we discussed the inspiration behind their current cabaret show Fifty Years Ago Today.

    Cobargo Folk Festival commissioned the cabaret after Shortis and Simpson’s acclaimed festival performance about Eurovision and the context out of which it evolved.

    John said, ‘That show was really an entertaining look at the history of Europe post World War 2 linked by bad songs.’

    Fifty Years Ago Today
    marks the anniversary of the launch of the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in June 1967 in the northern hemisphere.

    Apparently, the album’s release date in Australia was delayed until July 1967 because the British producers did not trust Australian printers to faithfully reproduce the elaborate artwork of the Sgt Peppers album cover. The covers were produced and printed in England and shipped here via the Suez Canal. Regrettably, the six-day Arab Israeli war broke out and so the shipment was detoured around the South African cape. The album was launched in Australia at the end of July.

    The cabaret’s story line positions the Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album in the context of what was happening globally at the time. It also provides fascinating insights into the backstory of the album’s creation, dating back to the early 1960s when the Beatles were mop tops, in the heyday of swinging London.

    John said, ‘You can’t tell the story of the Sgt Peppers album without showing the Beatles’ evolution from catchy pop rock songs to complex artful experiments in music.’

    Sgt Peppers
    is the first Beatles’ album after they gave up touring.  The album marks The Beatles’ arrival as recording artists instead or touring musicians. For instance, ‘Ringo’s drumming is more orchestral in its approach. McCartney’s bass work transitioned from simple bass lines that filled out the pop rock sound to complex, intricate bass countermelodies that actually featured on the Sgt Peppers album rather than being fill.’

    Shortis and Simpson’s Fifty Years Ago Today incorporates humour and poignant stories as well as songs of different tempos and styles from that Beatles’ milestone album as well as songs by other famous musicians from that era.

    I was fascinated to learn that the Beatles’ celebrated producer, George Martin, used his background in producing Peter Sellers’ Indian characters on comedy records to bring together Indian and orchestral musicians to produce George Harrison’s Within You Without You.

    John said, ‘While the lyrics are hippy trippy, the music is quite extraordinary because it follows the traditional rhythms and scales of Indian music.’ 

    Moya said, ‘It was a nightmare to learn!’

    John admits to scoring the music into a computer software program and practicing to it every day for ages so that he could synchronize his keyboard part with the rhythms.

    Another interesting aside is that, in celebration of the link between the Beatles and Peter Sellers, Moya sings the Sophia Loren and Peter Sellers’ hit Goodness Gracious Me in the cabaret as part of the side story to the Sgt Peppers album.

    Fifty Years Ago Today was not designed as a nostalgic trip down memory lane, although people who lived through that era may relish the show as such. It provides insight into a seminal moment in music and world history when world music influenced the Beatles music not only in composition but also in performance.

    As we talked, it struck me that the show was very much like a great meal: lavish, prepared with great care, nutritious and good for the soul, and an experience not easily forgotten. The cabaret utilises the rich harmonies of a large choir, the vocal skills of its musicians, and the rocking talent of a hot backing band. It has appeal for all ages.  I also realised that Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album prepared audiences for the emergence of another musical phenomenon, Queen, masters of pomp-rock with its diverse rock styles and intricate vocal harmonies.

    This cabaret should not be missed when the show comes to  your part of the country.

    © Christine M Knight

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    Friday, November 25, 2016

    Acknowledging Indigenous Heritage in the Palerang region

    Friday, November 25, 2016

    Recently, I wrote a blog about the restoration of The Carrington Inn. My article about the inn also appears in the District Bulletin's December issue. The District Bulletin reports on country living in the Palerang region. I feel it would be remiss if I did not also acknowledge the importance of Indigenous heritage as a side bar to the Carrington article.

    Heritage places are a visible reminder of Australia’s history and identity. If they are neglected or demolished, then part of our history and identity is lost. When they are protected and restored, they add value and dimension to our community. This applies equally to the heritage represented by the traditional owners of the land. It is important to acknowledge that Indigenous heritage when promoting awareness of colonial heritage as it shows respect for Indigenous culture.

    Before European settlement, Indigenous people represented an unbroken culture that was inextricably linked to the land and history of the continent. That relationship and life as Indigenous people knew it changed drastically as a consequence of Dr Charles Throsby and Hamilton Hume's exploration of the region in 1820.

    By the end of 1821, Europeans had settled the region. The provision of a mail service in 1837 formally made the settlement a town while the arrival of train services in 1885 resulted in the town becoming the hub of the region. Cobb and Co coaches transported travellers to far flung settlements. 

    During this period and into the twentieth century, Indigenous people experienced a history of exclusion, denial, and were silenced. Many Indigenous people many died as a result of white settlement (disease and conflict). Indigenous heritage is in the land, in sacred places, lore and values. By contrast, colonial heritage is in buildings and property and its laws.

    To better appreciate the impact of the European arrival in Australia and related issues, click on  The Dispossessed.

     

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    Sunday, November 20, 2016

    The Restoration of the Carrington Inn, Bungendore

    Sunday, November 20, 2016

    Late October, I met Innkeeper, Richard Graham in the motel carpark of The Carrington Inn a few weeks after it had reopened.

    Originally known as The Lord Carrington Hotel, the property was built between 1884-85. It was named after the newly appointed governor of NSW. When the governor retired, the inn became The Carrington Hotel.

    In the 20th century, descendants of the Winters sold the property to Toni Dale who reverted the property to its original function from a domestic residence. It later changed hands until Richard bought it eight years ago.

    As we walked through the half acre of man-made gardens' entrance to the Wintergarden complex, I was struck by their intrinsic naturalness and the patterns of dappled light. Richard said they are ‘one of the largest publicly accessible private gardens in the region.’ He credits the illusion of a much larger space to the use of meandering sinuous paths.

    There are three distinct themed locations within the Wintergarden complex: The Tom Wills Tavern, The Empire Hall and Salons – fine dining, and Myee’s Tearoom. Myee is pronounced my. The tavern’s namesake and a local, Tom Wills was a leading Australian cricketer from 1856 and is said to be the founder of Australian Rules football. Heavy drinking was apparently part of the sport's culture at that time and purportedly played a role in his tragic death in 1880.


     

    Maria Myee Gallagher, 1889-1967, was the granddaughter of the original owner, William Daniel Winter. ‘An educated woman of many talents, Maria Myee never married and lived in the hotel throughout her life.’ She was a skilled pianist and taught the piano as well as the sewing arts and painting to locals. She was also well-known for her charitable work in the town.

    The interview and tour began in Myee’s tearoom. Its décor, like the rest of the complex, ‘pays deference to the 19th century colonial Victorian nature of the Carrington Inn.’ An airy and serene space, the tearoom’s authentic hand-painted stencilled wallpaper, pale green wainscoting, slate floor, furnishings, and hanging baskets suggest a Victorian garden conservatory.

    When I asked about the ideas underpinning the renovation process, Richard explained the choice before him. Restore the inn to look like the property as it had been in 1885 or restore it to reflect the Victorian era from 1885 but have modern restaurant equipment. For commercial reasons, he opted for the latter.

    After much research, Richard and his team distilled the Victorian period to a single restoration intention: ‘allow modern-day patrons to appreciate the aspirational nature of the Victorian era’ and witness a different lifestyle.

    The aspirational mood of the period is clearly visible in the style of ceilings in the tavern and the Empire Hall and Salons. The tavern’s patterned copper ceiling is reminiscent of Tudor ceilings and represents the revival of British styles during the Victorian era. The decorative tin ceiling in one of the salons is another popular architectural element from that period as are the subtly lit, rounded vaulted plaster ceilings in the Empire Hall.


     

    The Victorian theme is evident in the use of decoratively etched glass mirrors, beautiful period-styled drapery, luxurious furnishings, dining settings, and décor accents. Thirty-three hand-painted artwork reproductions tell the colonial story, including artwork by Tom Roberts. In the tradition of the time, a picture of Queen Victoria dominates the Empire Hall.

    The attention to authentic detail is also seen in the use of deeply embossed wall covering (Lincrusta) in  the Empire Hall. Lincrusta was invented in Britain in 1877 by the same man who invented linoleum floor covering some years before.

     

     Having visited many famous historic sites, I found The Carrington Inn as striking as places like Chatsworth House and Hampton Court in UK. Of course, The Carrington's pristine interior décor  and the inn are much smaller in scale than those other historic UK properties.

    As Richard told the stories behind each room’s décor, I realised that he is more than the owner and operator of an enterprise that happens to exist in a heritage property. He is keenly aware of his custodial role in restoring, documenting, and protecting heritage.

    As I left that afternoon, I realised that heritage places not only add dimension to the character of a community and its diversity but to its unique features of streetscapes as well.

     

    Left to right: Mark Summers, General Manager; Edwina Fitzgerald, Accommodation Manager; Me, Innkeeper; Merili Pihlamäe, Venues Manager; and Andrew Stansbie, Executive Chef.

     

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