Friday, December 17, 2010

We dug an' dug an' dug and all we got was this lousy pile of pottery

No, seriously, Feral geek kid did a bit of digging for approx. an hour (give or take a stray swarm of mozzies) in the overly warm sun.
When I say 'digging' I mean he battled with the classic Central Victoria dirt which is rock hard in dry weather and sloppy goop in wet weather (which the miners oh so adored!)....we're in between torrential downpours at the moment so it dried to a nice solid cement consistancy.
Leaving him with a hole on the small side but a shedload of finds everytime he scrapped back another teaspoon-worth of dirt.
*Click on the pics for larger image.
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Here's a shot of the back half of our land.

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These are 4 rose bushes, shooting up in the middle of a supposedly empty paddock.

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Showing the proximity of the roses to Feral geek kid's (mini) dig with some of his finds.

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A great lump of dressed bluestone. Along with the finds there were hand-made mudbricks and evidence of burning with charcoal in the hole.

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This is what he thought might have been a burial but it looks wrong (the stick and brick he had put there the other day).

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Both ends of the street were washed away on the weekend and only just graveled and graded yesterday.
*Note to hopeful diggers - pack a donkey for the rough bits.

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Just for Barbara (and anyone else who lusts after vernacular architecture)

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Signalbox at Bendigo railway station.

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Gorgeous old rail work sheds with steam train permanently parked in front.
Bizarrely I did edit this pic but it's only showing the cropped image in mega-huge format so you'll have to imagine it's been edited prettily.

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The very rare Fallingapartus Greenus Corderoyium Chairus, of the Junkus Rubbishia branch of the human family.

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This is what falling over drunk looks like; it's been on the drink for a few months since Burnt Creek is now actually a creek again after more than 15 years of being dry.

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Matilda's of Tarnagulla.
Yes, that's our bus reflected in the window whipping by.

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Old Gilles pie factory with that gorgeous saw-tooth roofline.

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Some architecture around Bendigo and Oh! Chimneys.
How ever did they get in there...?

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St Monica's in Bendigo.

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Some random shot from the bus window.

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Dead centre of Tarnagulla.

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Don't know if it's very clear but there's old advertising on this building.

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Kangaroo Flat railway station, the model for all future stations Mr Baillieu will be rushing into construction.
*cough*
Sorry, tongue stuck in cheek...

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Hanging Rock...hanging.

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These delectable places would peek out at me from one angle then the bus would zoom around a corner and they'd suddenly be behind me from another angle.

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I was gettin' all bucolic, I was.

13 comments:

River said...

It wouldn't be a Jayne post without chimneys!
Had to laugh at the falling down drunk trees.
And daydream about that little cottage with the white picket fence.....

Brian Hughes said...

Hope he's making lots of diagrams and cataloguing stuff.

Debby said...

Really, this is very good experience for your boy. A new way of thinking about the land that he walks on. I did a 'dig' when I was 16 maybe, and I enjoyed it immensely.

I loved your pictures, and by the end of it, I was getting buccolic as well.

FOLKWAYS NOTEBOOK said...

Jayne I thank you so much for thinking of my interest in vernacular architecture. It is interesting to view other country's architecture. The designed buildings are a bit different than ours and I would not be able to tell so readily the ages of them. My favorites were; the building with the old advertising on it, the pie factory, the railroad sheds, the signal house with the tin roof, and really -- all of the wonderful buildings. thanks for the great post Jayne. Oh, could your son be digging in the former owner's dump site? -- barbara

Andrew said...

Should FB come across any thing yellow and heavy, make sure he does not discard it as uninteresting.

Brian, don't spoil the kids's fun yet.

Brian Hughes said...

Andrew, drawing the diagrams and creating the reports is the best part, I reckon. It makes it all feel so much more important and impressive.

lavenderbay said...

I like the pie factory, especially the sign: "For sale by tender." Glad to know they made good-quality crust back in the day!

Jayne said...

The creek is a dreadful colour, River, but the trees couldn't care less lol.

He's drawing something, Brian, but it'll be the first archaeology diagram to have speech bubbles if that's what it is :P

Exactly, Debby, it should be offered in schools across Oz to compliment history and geography.

Glad you enjoyed them, Barbara.
We did wonder about a dump site but mudbricks are usually insitu with some of the pottery scattered and a neighbouring farmer has found enough bricks to build a house on his land, so we'll have to tackle the local historical society ;)

He has strict instructions to find my fortune in any hole he digs, Andrew lol.

There is an oft used diagram, formerly involving a thumb but in recent decades it has evolved to a finger, which I think the kid may employ if I tell him to start scribbling in amongst the mozzies :P

LOL Lavender!
They're still baking those delish pies, Gillies is a must-have when in Bendigo ;)

Deb Shucka said...

What a grand adventure your boy is having. I'm envious. It's great seeing all these amazing pictures of a land I've wanted to visit since I was ten.

lavenderbay said...

Too Funny! I followed your link right after watching Australia (Hugh Jackman, Nicole Kidman, and Brandon Walters), and read not only "Bendigo's Original Pie Shop...For a bloody good pie!" but also Dick Turner's avowal, "The pie that fills but never kills." That'll learn them bloody cheeky fat bulls.

Davo said...

Who 'digs' these days? Tell 'im to buy a super-dooper very expensive Metal detector .. you'll end up with a whole heap of rusty nails. .. heh.

Um, second thoughts .. Ballaarat/ Bendigo area?, mm. Interesting pics, though.

Hanging Rock? .. oh THAT hanging Rock; there's another formation here in NSW, just up the road (give or take a hundred miles or so).

Cazzie!!! said...

Great pictures, I love these outings... your boy is good at diggin that there ground! Enjoy :)

Peter said...

Hi! I'm doing my Christmas rounds before Santa arrives. Wishing you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. PS Thanks so much for your support during the year.

Take Care,
Peter

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