Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Trash or Treasure

My daughter is doing a photography course at college and needed to take a roll of film for a landscape project. The teacher suggested old farmhouses or buildings set in the landscape.   Our local area is rich in material for such a project - we have so many beautiful historic sites - Port Arthur is the most famous.  Recently it and another historic site nearby, the Coal Mines, were given world heritage status - a big deal! There are many other historic sites around the Tasman Peninsula.  Some beautiful spots are the many old cemeteries.  

But this day we decided to explore in our own backyard.  Our neighbour has a very old farm house in her peony paddock that dates back to the mid 1800's.  It was the original farm house for the land we live on.  Of course, I had to tag along because ... well ... because I can't resist an opportunity to take a photo or 10!

It was all very exciting, and we were having a ball, but it was when we stepped inside that the excitement went to a whole new level!  Wow!  It was as if someone had walked out of the house 30 years ago, and it was all still there.  The place was packed with items from the years this old house had been inhabited.  

An old chair has been repaired!

An ivy vine has grown through cracks in the walls and is thriving inside the front room, growing up over bookcases and old boxes.

In some parts, the house is in danger of being swallowed by vegetation.  It always amazes me how tenuous our grip on civilization is.  It only takes a few seasons of neglect for plants to reclaim the land.  
I don't know what it is about old things.  To some people its rubbish - to some its treasure.  I'm one of those who thinks its treasure.  It was definitely a fun afternoon!

1 comment:

  1. What a find Grace.
    You are spoilt for choice when it comes to photography.