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RE: Photography - NWoBHM - 03-23-2012 12:33 PM
That is a lovely looking property GW. I thought most houses in the US (except in the big cities) were wood?
In the UK you can get grants to maintain Listed buildings too, but as the work has to be traditional with traditional materials it costs a shed load more. You can however, have the work and services supplied exempt of VAT (which is currently 20% over here).
I would be amazed if you could de-list a listed property over here. (might be possible with some well placed bribes).
RE: Photography - Scythe Matters - 03-24-2012 02:57 AM
NWo, you mean the house in your post a few pages back? Yes, I clicked on that. Beautiful
That is incredibly cool, that you are preserving history... walking in the footsteps of generations. So wonderful! We grew up in Vegas, Ren Man and I, where history is not respected at all. So when we see places where it is, it's comforting.
I think I got my love of history and historic places from my Grandmother. One of my earliest memories is visiting an old plantation called Belle Helene:
I hope to someday take Katie down to Loosiana to see it and other historic places. Happily, she inherited the love of historic places
RE: Photography - NWoBHM - 03-24-2012 04:03 AM
Wow SM, that is a beautiful place too. I like the name Belle Helene, (eldest daughter is Belle) and oddly enough her cousin is Helena.....
But I do like these plantation houses, especially the cane ones in the Caribbean - they are so beautiful, opulent, and set in paradise - (if only my boat would come in, I would seriously think about buying one).
I saw a programme the other day about the French fleet attacking Brit interests in the Caribbean - as apparently (and I am sure I must have mis heard the bloke) the sugar cane (and I suppose slave trade) was worth £240 million to the UK. This was back in 1596 or something like. Staggering.
RE: Photography - Scythe Matters - 03-25-2012 04:09 AM
(03-24-2012 04:03 AM)NWoBHM Wrote: Wow SM, that is a beautiful place too. I like the name Belle Helene, (eldest daughter is Belle) and oddly enough her cousin is Helena.....
Staggering is right! And it was worth a lot to the traders in New England as well. The triangle trade of molasses, rum and slaves. Damn shame.
I am with you regarding my boat coming in and retiring to warmer climes. I have my heart set on Hawai'i. We "window shop" every time we go but it will be awhile before we can retire to Paradise. Unless, of course, we win a huge lottery or summat. If a miracle occurs and we do, there will be a B&G party on Da Big Island, fo sho, brah
RE: Photography - NWoBHM - 03-25-2012 07:57 AM
I dream too - maybe Montserrat, or Nevis.......
Apparently, that is where the saying, "When my boat comes in", literally comes from - the trade ships, coming safely and successfully into port, and your fortune made.
Also "Copper Bottomed", refers to the Brit fleet in the Caribbean having been equipped with copper bottoms, which made them (French Navy commander quote), "100 years more advanced than his fleet", and able with superior speed and agility to give the French a "good kicking" (again!!).
RE: Photography - nettiesaur - 03-25-2012 09:14 AM
(03-25-2012 07:57 AM)NWoBHM Wrote: I dream too - maybe Montserrat, or Nevis.......I thought Montserrat was basically destroyed by the volcano.
RE: Photography - NWoBHM - 03-25-2012 09:45 AM
(03-25-2012 09:14 AM)nettiesaur Wrote:(03-25-2012 07:57 AM)NWoBHM Wrote: I dream too - maybe Montserrat, or Nevis.......I thought Montserrat was basically destroyed by the volcano.
I think the airport and "old" capital "Plymouth" were pretty much destroyed, but they have re-built another airport and have a new capital, and I think AIR Studios building survived but it is now in the "no go area" or "The Exclusion Zone" (as they call it) of the island.
I am pretty sure Sir George Martin still lives on Montserrat?
Also - I might be wrong, but wasn`t there a large medical school there for US Doctors etc??
I need to do some more research - but a lot of the island is still habitable.
I actually walked up to the rim of the volcanoe the "Soufriere" on honey moon - which I am pretty sure I read RUSH did the same when making Hold Your Fire, (seems almost prescience looking back). And visited AIr Studios - picture for you....
Here is a map indicating the exclusion zone and Plymouth etc -
RE: Photography - nettiesaur - 03-25-2012 05:26 PM
(03-25-2012 09:45 AM)NWoBHM Wrote:Nice pictures!(03-25-2012 09:14 AM)nettiesaur Wrote:(03-25-2012 07:57 AM)NWoBHM Wrote: I dream too - maybe Montserrat, or Nevis.......I thought Montserrat was basically destroyed by the volcano.
So, there's only a small liveable zone. I suppose you'd need to have won the lottery to be able to afford to live there. A lot would have to be brought onto the island, if you couldn't grow it yourself, and that would be quite expensive.
RE: Photography - NWoBHM - 03-26-2012 03:17 AM
I think I saw a three bed house once for about £180,000 say $270K, so not mind blowing expensive (I think St Lucia might be a bit more), but unless you are retiring there what would you do for a living?
There are loads of little Islanders (three engine planes) which whizz around the Caribbean all day long (like buses) operated by LIAT airways, (Leeward Islands Air Transport), or sometimes called by the locals, "Leaving Islands Any Time).
My neighbour, from years ago, was born on Nevis and he was a monster of a bloke, he made the best Caribbean Curry, washed down with his "especially" imported Caribbean Rum, you could wish for. Funny though - his house, (like mine) one amongst loads of terrace houses in Worcester, when you went inside, was decorated in all the vibrant colours of the Caribbean - maybe that is why we had our honey moon there, and why I often think about chillin` there and Groovin` with da rhythm....
RE: Photography - Scythe Matters - 03-26-2012 04:13 AM
Every time I go to Hawai'i I try to get better and better at taking pictures. It helps that I have a much better camera now with a great macro. But I'm also learning from online friends who are good at this: composition, lighting, etc. Here are a couple I'm proud of:
Ghost Beach at sunset - this is the beach next to our condo. We call it ghost beach because we saw a ghost light there once.
Looking up through the branches of a banyan tree
Ke'eku Heiau - newly reconstructed. It sits at the north end of ghost beach. It may be the ghost of a chief who was killed here that haunts the beach....