I have a select few items that I suppose could be called antiques but I am by no means a collector; I am far too practical for that. Generally speaking, I am the opposite of a hoarder; I am constantly throwing out 'junk' and trying to eliminate clutter but I do have a soft spot for old things that originally served practical purposes. It's even better if they can still function in the manner for which they were always intended.
I absolutely adore my great-grandfather's Lebus roll-top oak desk which my darling husband and helpful friends and family have patiently lugged in and out of the many places we have lived. It is beautiful and practical with a multitude of drawers and hidey-holes for storing and organising a huge volume of files and stationery (the one area where I do exhibit some hoarding tendencies). I also cherish an old Bakelite radio restored to gloriously glowing working order by my dad and a black, Bakelite telephone (thanks Dad for all three special items!).
Knowing this about me, you will not be surprised to learn that I had great expectations for a visit to the Q Station Resort in Manly on Sydney Harbour. The site as we know it began life in 1838 after the colonial government completed the construction of a permanent quarantine station there. Over the years, the station has undergone numerous upgrades and renovations, the latest of which occurred in 2008 when the principles of 'adaptive re-use' were followed to find a new use for this important heritage site, thus ensuring its protection. And so the old station, originally intended for the very practical purpose of accommodating people during a period of enforced quarantine, has been transformed into Q Station, a unique property where you can enjoy a temporary, self-imposed quarantine while you immerse yourself in an amazing part of Sydney's history without having to leave behind the majority of your contemporary creature comforts.
I spent a night at Q Station to indulge my love of history and check out its wheelchair-friendliness. You can read my review here.
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