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Architectural Oddities – A Tasmanian Folly

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

On a wet windy and really cold sunday during my recent visit to Australia, I was sunday driving with an aunt from Launceston, Tasmania…. where I was born and bred. I always enjoy going back. When we were very young, back in the ’50’s, sunday drives after sunday lunch with our grandmother and aunts were a bit of a family tradition. In those days not too many people had family cars and each drive was quite an expedition. The routes were often repeated – but we loved them anyway. Sometimes we had an icecream or a snowball en route, quite often we stopped for a case of apples or some veggies from someone’s farm or dropped in at more or less afternoon teatime to some family friend or vaguely distant relation of my grandmother’s. When you consider it is not altogether joking to comment that Tasmanians are all related to each other somehow, this pretty well covers anyone third generation or longer on the island …. and most back then also had some connection to the land, just as people still do here in Uruguay.

Anyway time’s moved on, and this time it was me sunday driving my aunt. We’d actually had to stop first at the airport out that way to collect a small extra bag I’d completely forgotten I’d checked in Perth WA, containing overflow items, complicated by having to collect up several quilts I hadn’t started with when I left Montevideo. A bit of a worry – but, by the time I realised, on reaching my hotel about half an hour after landing, the airline’s airport office had closed. A small place, Lonnie, and I didn’t worry, knowing they’d be safely secured for the night; and sure enough someone was phoning me by 7am the next morning . So with that collected, we continued on. First town past the airport is Evandale, where we happily browsed some time in an antique shop with a cosy fire in the front room of a beautiful old, very old, early colonial building – very Jane Austenish in character. (some lacey little bits I bought will be subject of another post) after which we had a nice lunch at the local bakery. Continuing on just after lunch, this one really stopped me in my tracks, and despite the freezing wet windy weather I just had to get out and capture a pic for my ongoing series on follies and such. A worthy addition. QED.

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A Florida Folly

Monday, January 29th, 2007

We travelled north to Tacuarembo this weekend to attend a wedding. I had not been up that way for almost a year and so was seeing some things on the road with a fresh eye – plus there is a lot going on up there. I had not seen this before, and it is clearly not new… I still can’t believe I missed it up to now.

The fishtailed figure is a mermaid perhaps, although a fearsome female warrior upper half brings the ancient British warrior queen Boadecea to mind – see the detail below – and this is not something I’d have ever associated with a mermaid. I know nothing about it, but it is my impression that construction was in two stages. First seems to have come an incredible, dedicated, probably long-lasting, flush of enthusiasm tackling a large reserve of small and often intricate bits and pieces of metal scrap to construct the front half. At this point though I think either the small parts sources suddenly dried up, or impatience to finish the task set in – indeed, such an abrupt change in the scale of parts used between the front and the rear portions might even signify a different maker completed the project! Anyway, I just love the rampant energy of the figure.

A note or two about the location of this. As I said, close to the northern edge of the town of Florida. What is almost as remarkable as the figure itself is that it is located bang smack under the crossing point of a couple of electrical wires ! and amidst quite a collection of power poles and soccer goals in a play area or park. It was impossible to find anywhere that provided a photo free of some kind of intrusion around the figure.

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Monday, January 29th, 2007

Monday, January 29th, 2007

Monday, January 29th, 2007

And finally the incredible vitality of this fearsome female warrior’s stance, if a creature with a fish tail can be said to have a ‘stance’
And finally, after days of fiddling with this new blogger program, it seems the image might be successfully loaded, fingers X
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