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Travel between Pakistan and China takes place along the Karakoram Highway.These two young men were performing necessary domestic chores in one of the streams that fall down the mountainside to join the River Indus.
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We visited these gardens on a rainy summer's day - a brief respite from the rain enabled us to get a few photo's of the interesting surroundings. Most of the time was spent in teh coffee shop as the drizzle refused to abate. One can imagine that on a dry day, the views and gardens themselves are beautiful. Penlan Uchaf Gardens consist of three beautifully landscaped acres, with their fast-flowing stream, are notable for the raised herb and wildflower garden, 27-metre sweet pea pergola and over 30,000 spring bulbs, as well as the alpines and herbaceous borders. The garden has a sensory area for the blind and disabled with a raised garden containing more than 100 different herbs. There is access for wheelchairs and facilities include a tea room and picnic area. Penlan Uchaf Gardens are set high above the beautiful Gwaun Valley and has breathtaking views of the Preseli Hills.
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Domestic floor cleaning machine on laminate flooring
These houses were open plan and built up on sturdy poles or stilts thus giving additional space for parking a car, hanging out the washing, and a little self-contained dwelling originally occupied by a servant. The galvanised roof overhung the house on all sides by about 1 metre and served to give shade, keep the house cool and stop the rain blowing in through the windows which were covered with anti-mosquito mesh. There were always a set of front and back steps and this house has a red back door which seems to have been constructed of a very sturdy metal, not like those in bygone days. The circular concrete construction is a rain water vat. Drain pipes running from the roof channel rain water into the vat. Prior to 1953 this was the only means of collecting fresh water for drinking and cooking. The Water Purifying Plant began producing potable water from the Demerara River in 1953, after which the vats went out of use. As this photo was taken in 1999, it is surprising to find a working example of a bygone era. Digital scan of original photograph.