I've kept this blog, on and off, since 2006. In 2015 I used it to chart daily encounters, images, thoughts and feelings about volcanic basalt/bluestone in Melbourne and Victoria, especially in the first part of the year. I plan to write a book provisionally titled Bluestone: An Emotional History, about human uses of and feelings for bluestone. But I am also working on quite a few other projects and a big grant application, especially now I am on research leave. I'm working mostly from home, then, for six months, and will need online sociability for company!

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

My Year with Bluestone: The Rough with the Smooth

After the drama of yesterday's post about the burning of St James church in Brighton and the confusion of feelings about it, now that the police suspect arson, and we know of the church's notoriety, I am going to take a while to try and process that complex situation, but with a streaming headcold, today is not the day. And so a simple one-picture post today: the front of a house in Carlton, with its smooth safe steps for walking up to the front door, and the rough hewn blocks on the side, that are also helping to terrace the garden on this hill (there is only really one hill in Carlton). 

Smooth bluestone today, then, after the torrid fire of yesterday.


winkieg said...

I am always in 2 very different minds when I see bluestone reused like this.
It depresses me when I think of the destruction of the original structure, that these blocks were laboriously crafted for.

Stephanie Trigg said...

I guess.... And here the rough ones seem to overshadow the smooth ones. But at least they're being re-used and not smashed up to fill up the spaces between the railway lines!

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