Movies/Television

The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance.

I had known for a while that Netflix was making a series of The Dark Crystal and wondered when it was going to come out. The teaser for the new series was released recently and I’m super excited over this news!

Jim Henson’s The Dark Crystal was a film I remember seeing at the cinemas with my best friend at the time when it was released back in 1982. And doesn’t saying that make me feel old! 😉

I grew up on Sesame Street and The Muppets, so I always enjoyed puppets. I was fascinated by how they were made and how they all worked. The puppets used within this film were quite remarkable and I learned to appreciate Jim Henson’s talents.

When my children were old enough, I watched the film with them. My daughter was interested in rocks and gemstones at the time, so it seemed appropriate. The film certainly left an impression upon them, as all these years later, they remember it well. They both seemed freaked out by the Skeksis and even now my son refers to them as ‘creepy’.

The series is a prequel to the movie, set on the planet Thra. The story follows three Gelflings, who uncover a plot by the Skeksis to amass power, leading them to start a rebellion.

The teaser looks amazing and I’m so glad it remained faithful to the original film. The series premieres on Netflix on 30th August 2019.

Have you ever watched The Dark Crystal, and will you be watching Age of Resistance? Does this bring back memories of your childhood? Do you find the Skeksis creepy?

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Australia's Historical Places · History · Postcards from Australia

Iandra: Australia’s Very Own ‘Castle’.

I’ve always loved castles. When I was a kid I used to envy the Europeans their castles (still do). They always interested me and I was fascinated by their history. Growing up in Australia, the closest we were likely to get would be a castle at a theme park, which doesn’t quite have the same appeal. It was only recently that I discovered that here in Australia, we actually do have a castle and it is situated closer to my home that I realised.

Situated near Cowra, a country town in Central Western New South Wales is Iandra Castle. Technically, it is not a castle, but a homestead; it is referred to as ‘The Castle’ by the locals. Built between 1908 and 1910, it is made of concrete with Tudor influences. Iandra is only open a couple of times each year and is popular amongst the locals.

Walking around the castle is like walking into a maze with numerous doors and corridors. With two storeys, it consists of almost sixty rooms. Situated in one of the downstairs hallways is a detailed floor plan of the castle. I couldn’t help but think of the difficulties new house staff must have felt during their first weeks of employment.

During its heyday, Iandra employed about 350 men to work the 32,000 acres. It also had its own store, post office and school. Iandra even had its own church, which still stands today. Inside, the castle includes its own games room, observatory and a smoking room for the gentlemen of the house. My husband was surprised to see more than one fireplace within the large stables, situated behind the house. With a clear distinction between the servant’s quarters and that of the gentry, it is believed Iandra is a rare example of the manorial system within Australia.

My only disappointment was not going into the turret, which, like some of the other rooms in the castle was inaccessible to the public. Who knows? Maybe we were inside the turret and we didn’t even know it! I may well have had a chance to play Rapunzel and let down my hair after all. 😉

Are you fascinated by castles? Have you spent some time in one – or even more than one?

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