Sunday, May 3, 2009

HISTORY IN OUR FRONT YARD.....

Well, not exactly in our front yard. Those of us who live on 40 acres off a dirt road don't have yards. It would just be silly! Besides, water is very special here and should not be wasted on "lawns". We took a walk this evening after dinner while the sun was still quite high in the sky. We ambled down the dirt road from our home to the 40 acres just to the south. The land belongs to absentee property owners and there is no house there. Ahh, but there is! Here I give you photographs of a very old adobe home; so old it has almost completely returned to the earth. We can see this from our windows and for a long time I have wanted to photograph it. Although all of the pictures were taken within about 10 minutes they look very different, depending on whether in sun or shade. I hope you enjoy them! I included Roy in this one so you could see some scale.
This is an old window frame that is almost ready to fall out.In these closeup shots you can see the adobe bricks with small stones embedded in the walls. This looks like an old door that has fallen in.Not far from the perimeter of the building we found the family "dump" where the ground was littered with rusted cans, broken dishes and lots of pieces of colored glass. This photo shows an array of cans around and under a cactus.And speaking of cactus, here you can see several cholla cactus, standing like silent sentinels near the home. One day this will all be gone; gently melted away and back to the earth from where it came. It will be a gentle and quiet ending for a building that used to be home to a family. I wish I knew who made the bricks and built the home. I wish I knew the story of who lived there.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

What is your estimate of how long ago it was lived in? I would love the wood for crosses. cheers D

Vanessa said...

neat to bring some glass pieces from the site to the mosaic workshop - add history to the mosaic

judemowris said...

Dee, I couldn't guess how old this place might be. some of my local readers may weigh in on that though. This isn't located on our land so that wonderful barn wood will have to stay where it is!
Vanessa, same thing. Not sure we should pick up anything. But, it would be a great idea!