Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Trimming Grass and Weeds Around Old New England Property (Antique) Granite Landscape Fixtures - Part Fifteen - "By and Along"


Trimming Grass and Weeds Around
Old New England Property
(Antique) Granite Landscape Fixtures

Part Fifteen

"By and Along"



            In the 1740’s... when a lone man... moved a single ‘field stone’ from an area he was ‘clearing’ to become ‘(barn) yard’, ‘field’ or ‘pasture’, he probably was NOT the first ‘English Settler’ to do that; move a field stone to ‘clear’... there.  Probably two if not three or four ‘attempts’ at ‘settlement’ “HERE” had already resulted in numerous field stones being moved and... even... those moved field stones having been ‘piled’ ‘up’... “THERE”.  In the 1740’s, the lone man may have begun his ‘clearing’ of field stone by... adding to a pile of field stones that
            TODAY
            Appear in the exact same spot as a section of an
            Old Stone Wall...
            On an old New England property.




            There were no roads “THERE” in 1740.  There were foot paths, traces and ‘blazed trails’.  There were ‘log cabins’ in ‘clearings’.  There were fires... constantly burning “everything” in the clearing.  There were cut-down-trees and stumps.  In this... expanding clearing... were... a very abundant number of ...field ...stones.  The man... began... ‘moving them’ into piles of field stones right away.  IF... there was ‘already’ ‘a pile’ “started” he... ‘add to that’ in addition to ‘starting’ new ‘piles’.  A pile of field stones expanded sideways... for to have it expand (rise) up... was ...more ‘work’.  Piles... at the log cabin site in the clearing... expanded toward each other... and “OUT” toward ‘further clearing’.
            Steadily
            Without a landscape plan
            Or landscape crew
            Or... much consideration
            At all.
            Except to note that... ‘remarkably large’ field stones were moved
            Too.




            By and along... the piles joined logically but otherwise thoughtlessly to become... today’s ‘walls’.  “FENCE” is presumed to be title of expanding field stone piles?  No.  “FENCE” was created by stacked split wood rails split from chopped down trees.  Field stones were ‘moved’ to “THERE”; to these crude fencings... to be ‘piled’ out of the way of the ‘clearing’... by being placed ‘along the edge’.  They (the field stones and the lone man) were not ‘making a stone wall’.  Piled field stones became... stone walls ‘by and along’ during the ...last quarter millennium... after the split rail fence ‘rotted’ or ‘was burned’ in the cabin for heat (in the middle of a harsh February).
            By and along.
            Today, a ‘stone wall’ is a ...can be... a... is often a... very TOO... planned and paid for...:  Mr. Wallet may move a lot of field stone... if he (Mr. Wallet) decides to... “do that” (clear field stone and move it into... very, very, very, very skillfully choreographed ‘expanding piles’ that fabricate “BEAUTIFUL” “STONE” “WALLS”.
            And just because... in the 1740’s... a man moved a single field stone to an expanding pile “THERE” does not mean he never moved it (that same field stone) again... and again... and... perhaps... again... over the next ...several generations of his spawn in the ‘next one hundred years’ (to the Civil War – 1860).  In fact, the closer the piled field stone cleared... was to the original cleared homestead site... the by-far-greater chance THAT field stone “THERE” would be moved.  And moved.  That includes the moving of whole expanded piles field stones called today “STONE” “WALLS”. “THEY” “USED TO” “MOVE” stone walls.  Too.







            It is tiring to consider this... field stone... moving and piling... is it not?  HOW could one EVER... therefore... have enough strength to ‘make a wall’.
            Well... as I just related... they did not ‘make a wall’.  And THEN we go back to my denotation of ‘TIME’ (Part Thirteen [B] )
            “THEY” had the “TIME”.
            Moving (‘clearing’) field stone was a continuum.  Done ‘by and along’ and... no one today ‘clears’ field stone for, say, a six or seven hour morning’s work... repeatedly over twenty to forty year... ‘effort’ so to understand just how much field stone can be cleared with that amount of time for that amount of work ‘before dinner’.... has been lost.  Well... I report to those lost... one may clear a great amount of field stone... and actually become extremely good at doing that... in a forty year time period.  Starting in 1740... forty years of ‘clearing field stone’ would bring the date to ...1780.  The American Revolutionary War was still going on and... the lone man was STILL clearing field stone.
            This aspect... is important to consider when ‘looking at’ an ‘old stone wall’.  The ‘clearing’ (moving) the field stone was the hard part.  The piling ‘at the edge’ of the field stone was ...the easy part.  ONCE the lone man had the ‘stone’ “THERE” all he had to do was... UN... load... it... ‘over at the edge’.  Often in the shade... of the NOT CUT and CLEARED forest and... “look... there is a place to sit down” “for a minute” and... and... WELL:
            LIKE today’s employee working for the landscape guy – dry mason guy... HE... ‘took his time’ and THAT MOMENT
            RIGHT THERE
            IS WHY
            “A stone wall” “THERE”
            Looks like it does.
            “THINGS” “HAPPENED”.




            The first time a person looking at a stone wall notices that “THE STONES” “IN THE WALL” are... ‘shimmed’ in place and ...stones on top of those shimmed stones are shimmed too and, “TOO”, ‘seem fitted’ and... “WELL NOT THAT FITTED I MEAN
            COME ON”.
            That’s right... just ‘sort of’ a better then ‘they didn’t JUST DUMP these stones and... how could a lone man JUST DUMP any load of cleared field stone being hauled on a rock sledge by HIS oxen who... he and they... ‘were a team’... alone together ‘clearing’ field stone so...
            HE just did un-load those field stones... ‘the way I feel like it’.  Doing that; him and the oxen un-loading... for decades, playfully... by and along... and THAT... created a
            STONE WALL
            Playfully by and along for hours and hours and days and months and years and decades explains
            WHY
            A STONE WALL
            “Looks like that.”
            IF ONE CHOOSES TO LOOK
            For that “IN”
            A stone wall.




            The elements of chance; the chance gathering of ‘that’ field stone(s), the chance distance from one stone to the next.  The chance size of each stone.  The chance of moving each stone and that chance influenced by the chance of how “HE” (the lone man) ‘happened to feel’ about ...any or all... ‘of that’... by and along... as the morning went
            By and along.
            AND our ‘follow’ of this process has not even started to HAUL the stone ‘off... over there’ yet.  The oxen too... by and along... and how THEY feel.  And ‘go too’.  And... how THEY feel ‘off... over there’ and ...THEY feel ABOUT ‘off... over there’... by and along... with the song birds flitting in the trees.
            Bees buzzing
            Distant frog crooking.
            Smoke from the cabin chimney
            Horizon line of forest
            Blue sky
            By and along.
            That all... is the source of the START of the INSPIRATION of
            Piling field stones
            To make a stone wall
            On an old New England property
            So that a quarter of a millennium later
            They become
            (Antique) granite landscape fixtures
            That one may
            Trim grass and weeds around
            Using a weed whacker and
            A chemical weed killer in a plastic spray bottle.
            “Such a vile
            And insensitive...
            Uninformed
            Wretch be?”





            “We are having (some of) the WALL rebuilt.  JUST down to the EDGE of the LINE (of the lot).  IT will LOOK so much BETTER I SAW where they (the dry mason referred by the landscape ...service) DID THAT and IT LOOKS SO MUCH BETTER DID YOU KNOW they SELL THE ROCKS NOW I HAD NO IDEA we can even PICK OUT the ROCKS we LIKE.”




            It really should not be a surprise that the actual unloading... one by one by hand... of the ‘cleared’ field stones.... into a pile... quickly  created an unguided... unregulated, unconsidered and mostly happen-stance ‘wall building’ ‘of sort’ by and along.  It was the easiest, least labored conclusion of ‘clearing field stone’:  The ‘clearing’ of field stone was ‘that far up’ ‘the field’ and... the piles of cleared field stone... were ‘that far up’ the ‘edge’... “TOO”... so “THERE” was established as a ‘moving’ by and along ‘pile’ with a tiny touch of “HE” ‘feels’ that included occasional consideration of ‘THAT ONE’ “on top” at the least with the OFF CHANCE too of ... “HE” ‘getting into it’ (piling cleared field stone as “WALL” as “HE” went along... by and along).  In the whole process of clearing field stone THAT was the only part that had an option for creative nuance.  Today one may still find ‘undisturbed’ ‘old stone wall’ that has passed through time ‘just as “HE” piled “THEM” “THERE”... by and along.









My Friends


My Friends



Would you like to meet my friends
Wet Dew
And Fairy Handkerchief?

Do not put on your dirty boots:
Wet feet
Are a pass to heaven.

I cannot talk to you just now
For I see she drop her handkerchief;
Wet Dew has watered there.

How carelessly the sun is up
Shadow, shade is now “Too hot”
For a fairy dropping handkerchiefs
On the waters of Wet Dew.





Monday, July 21, 2014

Trimming Grass and Weeds Around Old New England Property (Antique) Landscape Fixtures - Part Fourteen - "Actually Do"


Trimming Grass and Weeds Around
Old New England Property
(Antique) Granite Landscape Fixtures

Part Fourteen

"Actually Do"



            To look back... when now... at the opening of the notice... of old stone walls on ...old New England property... as (antique) granite landscape fixtures... and denote that a cynical and harsh murmur has steadily shadowed... like a gray fox in the farm yard at first light... this now lengthy vignette... (approaching ‘discourse’ upon the subject?) “upon” “old granite”...  Have too many jabs, pokes, “bad” points founded and observations of  “horrible” ...taste... and behavior...too... been taken?  Did I TOO divide the armies of the “I feel” of the old and new... New England.  Do I wish I had simply snipped along the edges of the old stones with my hand held grass clippers... the grass and weeds...?  Then carried that clipping to the compost and... smiled with approving nod toward the fab-fads of new New England of, for example, posting one’s mailbox ON a ...granite post... by the side of the street.  And it is a street too...isn’t it.  Stone walls... in their original undisturbed state are... followed... by roads.




            The stone wall was there before the road.
            The road was there before the streets (‘subdivisions’).
            The mail boxes line the streets.
            In front of the new homes.
            A “finishing” (“home”) “improvement” is
            ‘Posting with granite’?
            In the etiquette of new New England... does one... put the ‘cut granite (front door) steps’ first and
            Then (granite) “post” or...
            Post first and THEN ‘steps’.
            And... what about “the wall”?




            The... I have done it again:
The cynical and harsh
            Has begun to, already, shadow the old stone walls... on old New England property?




            “Actually do” comes first for ...stone walls.  Majority-most do ...notice and “LIKE” “OLD” stone walls they ... notice... in... old and new... New England.  The (self) “noticing notice” comes a distant second and is... too... NOT NOTICED.  After a notice... in NEW New England... ‘old stone walls’ ‘fade away’.  Like sap buckets on maple trees, lobster traps being hauled aboard, Bean boots, islands, Moose and... ‘tall timber’ (“TREES”)...:  They (the stone walls)... “actually do” NOT ... hold up against THESE icons.  Too.  No... they fall back behind... for example... Bean boots.  And maple syrup poured on snow.




            But rabbit and turtle... the stone walls race with these New England icons... as the turtle... and that... has... supported the stone wall’s defense of self by the sole strength of the ‘actually do’ rabbits... of new New England.  THEY (the new New England) actually do... very... very little about ‘stone walls’.
            Past a ‘safe distance’ “LOOK”...:  They (the new New England) rarely ‘goes over to’ a stone wall to stand before it.  And look at it.  NOR do they, if they should actually do... that visit... ever ...touch... it let alone ‘move’ ‘a rock’ or...  engage ANY ‘on site’ action (“actually do”).
NOTHING
            Happens.




            IF...then ... the ‘what about the wall?’.  First... what IS that wall anyway.  It is, least probably, ‘recently made’.  It is most probably an ‘old section’ of an ‘old stone wall’ that is, usually... ‘out in front’ of “THE HOUSE” between the road (street), its ‘ditch’ and “THE HOUSE”... edge of the “LAWN”.  And “WAS THERE”.
IF, then...
            “WHAT ABOUT THE WALL?”
            A ‘an action’ of ‘actually do’ starts a continuum ‘actually do’ of “THAT”.
            Short listing this I:  The
            Discuss with
            Landscape service guy
            And / or
            “DRY” stone mason guy
            Too... the building /landscape supply (box?) store:
            “We have our selection of (one ton) pallets of “STONE”
            Along the back edge of our lot”.
            And
            The “want it to look like THIS” craft... man’s... ship (a boat one ‘gets on’).
            To actually ‘actually do’ ...starting at one end (of the ‘section’ of ‘old stone wall) at the property’s edge and ‘going all the way’ to the other edge of the property... is a
            Tear
            Down
            Of the old New England stonewall section and
            A titled “Re-build it”.
            Yep: it is the same as tearing down a colonial ‘old New England’ homestead and
            Re-building
            A NEW
            HOUSE “there”;
            A ‘tear down’.




            Again; the colonial WALL was ‘made’ BEFORE the colonial house.
            The ‘re-build’ usually runs out of rocks so ‘they’ ‘have to buy some’.
            These rocks... come on pallets on trucks from ‘out of state’.  It is cost effective to ignore the abundance of granite field stone ‘scattered’ in New England and ‘buy’ ‘rocks’ on one ton palettes.  New New England ... not only “THINK” these rocks are ‘nice’ but also, it seems, ‘don’t notice the difference’ between these rocks and the scattered old New England ‘field stone’ (“rocks”)
            OK?
            That’s “what they” “actually do”.
            They tear down ‘old New England property stone walls that are original old undisturbed (antique) granite landscape fixtures and
            Re-build them so they “LOOK”
            “NICE”.
            Then they weed whack them and spray weed killer along the wall base and
            “THINK”
            No one notices they do that
            TOO?





            We are off to a nasty start of our observation of old granite field stone walls... on old New England property... as... (antique) granite landscape fixtures?  Not really.  Majority-most ‘people’ in new and old New England... never “actually do” ‘anything’ about or with... stone... walls.  For example, in my life time... with decades of ‘actually do’ close-up visits to endless stone walls... and aside from a very, very, very occasional ‘pick up and put back’ ‘fallen stone’ I... myself... have... never done ANYTHING to ANY stone wall EVER.  I know that because I am a very notice-noticing my relationship with the old stone walls of old New England.  I know that what I actually do... extends to the ‘majority-most’.  Too.  But there is a dark side, we now notice... to ‘keep in mind’ and ‘denote by eye’.  The ‘dead grass’ along the bottom of the ...old New England... stone... wall from ‘weed killer’...IS symbolic.
            When denoted
            By eye.















Thursday, July 17, 2014

Trimming Grass and Weeds Around Old New England Property (Antique) Granite Landscape Fixtures - Part Thirteen - "Off... Over There" - (B)


Trimming Grass and Weeds Around
Old New England Property
(Antique) Granite Landscape Fixtures

Part Thirteen

"OFF... Over There"

(B)



            AT the ‘this’ quarry site... a man ‘cutting stone’ at ‘the quarry’ (back pasture line ledge below the cranberry bog) could ‘look back’ across the newly cleared ‘pasture’ to ...not only the future home site with the rock lined ‘hand dug’ cellar hole awaiting the cap stones... but most probably also the... the front door of the log cabin ‘temporary’ ‘house’.  ‘Temporary’ means ten to fifteen years as ‘principle residence’ before “THE HOUSE” “IS FINISHED”  (Actually... ‘is made’; they [colonial New England homesteads] were rarely ever ‘finished’).  ANYWAY... a man looking back could... see his wife at the cabin door... with their children there too... and THEY could see him
            “OFF” “OVER THERE”
            “CUTTING STONE”
            One... ‘tunk, turn’ hole... at a time... for years.




            “YOU WANT TO MAKE A BET” that the FIRST cut stone was a FINISHED... door step... FOR HER at HER log cabin door.  Wonder why they ‘have wonderful wear’ and are called by I ‘an absolute jewel’? (Part Seven).  NOW YOU KNOW.
            The front door step... was not the ‘last thing he did’.  AND, idiots, WHEN the step was “PLACED” they (she and he) did NOT show the ‘half drill holes’ “OUT” like IDIOTS do today when they “PUT” ...what they call ‘steps’ but are actually ‘pieces of cut stone being used as steps’... “THEM” with the ‘drill holes’ (halves) “SHOWING”.




            Ok?
            Not only does it show ‘you know nothing’ but... it is... by granite craft standard... (stone cutting) ‘bad taste’.  DON’T WORRY; once one ‘starts’ ‘looking’...you’ll ‘see’ lots of “THAT” (‘holes out’) often... trust me.




            So... some guy is out below the cranberry bog sitting on his butt doing ‘tunk, turn’ for fifteen years in the 1740’s on a twelve foot high and two hundred foot long ... granite ledge.  All ...the old New England property’s... ‘cut’ ‘granite’ ‘comes’ ... from there; “OFF OVER THERE”.  WHY is this a pot of gold?
            Because it takes TIME to quarry the granite, move the granite, finish the granite and... by the time one gets around to ‘making’ ‘granite troughs’ (Part One) on one’s old New England property... as a decorative landscape fixture...:




            TIME.
            Time, at an old New England property granite quarry... IS the pot of gold for it
            Assures
            A pure strain of labor, a pure strain of material and a PURE STRAIN of FINISHED...
Truly ‘hand’ ‘made’... ‘product of’... OF and upon an
Old New England Property...with... management of ...creation... fabrication... placement... usage... historic usage... and
Preservation OF
Too.
            The ...preservation of
            The
            Old New England Property (antique) granite landscape fixtures...
            That were made
            By a man
            During the colonial era of New England
            Sitting on his butt
            For years
            “OFF... Over there”.
            He ‘came in’ for ‘dinner’.




            He would wake up and get up... inside the... dirt floor log cabin... ‘before light’ and... “do chores’ and... ‘eat (a very small, bland and repeating the same over and over for years) breakfast’ “at first light” and then “go to work”.
            IF... he ‘did this right’ by HIS self determined work cycle... he would (‘could’)... wind up the morning (6 to 7 hours later) butt down... in the shade... ‘on the rock’ (ledge) ‘off... over there’ at ‘tunk, turn’ ‘drilling’ a ‘couple more holes’ until “dinner” is... “time”. 
            Then he would join the family for ‘dinner’.  This repast ...on old New England pioneer settlement properties was... an ever (“hopefully”) improving ‘bountiful table’ of... ‘en stuff like... corn... grown between the stumps... in the ‘cleared pasture’ between... the cabin and the ‘ledge’ “off over there”.
            Yummy and with a full stomach THEY (the whole family in some capacity) went back to work... until a ...late, late, late... afternoon ‘supper’ and MORE ‘return to work’ ‘until dark’.  The net propellant of this expenditure of human energy?
            TIME.
            “THEY” “HAD THAT”.
            Today... I know:  “Your late”.  So now we know how that eight foot solid granite foundation cap stone ‘was made’... and WHY ...THEY... (the whole family) would be, well... let me call it ‘proud’ ‘of that’... ‘cut’... ‘stone’
            “IT’S TOO BIG TOO USE AS MY STEPS”.
A quarter of a millennium passes and ‘some idiot’ ‘buys it’?
            “I WANT ONES FOR STEPS”.




            So I’m back there in high school already grubbing “OLD BARNS” for “OLD TOOLS” “TO SELL” and ... most of them that I find ‘don’t’ ‘sell’ because... nobody cares AND no one ‘will pay’ ‘anything’ for ‘them’.  No problem; I sell what I can and...
            WELL: ‘Star drills’ for cutting stone “ALWAYS” are turning up before me in “OLD BARNS”... “FILLED WITH (old) TOOLS.




            I’m gonna go on a little tangent here... about old New England barns and their old tools.  I just chatted with a gent (cussed old Maine Yankee... on his... old New England property... of eleven generations... with his family still... “OWNER”)
            About... old barns and old tools and we were making fun of...
            WELL:  There are these ...MEN... who... “like”... to have ‘every tool they have’ in an IS IN ‘its proper place’ and...
            That, and certainly THAT... if... one is antiques hunting old tools in old New England barns... is... “no thank you” in addition to being a denoting THAT kind of MEN too... as the old gent related: 
            “That barn (his barn) has a little space cleared on one work bench.  I work there.  My father worked there.  My grandfather worked there (at that small cleared space).  There has never, ever been any other cleared space in that barn ever.  It (all work space, work area, any space, all space the... whole barn’s space) has always been bailed full of
            Tools.”
            If it is not that kind of barn... it is not the kind of barn... that I ‘go into’ AND
            I HAVE MYSELF.
            AND... understand that
            Any OTHER kind of old New England barn... is ignored TOO.




            So out in these barns are ‘piles’ of ‘tools’ that, believe it or not, are, to the barn user, ‘organized’.  That does not mean like YOUR ‘organized’.  YOU WISH you could have an old New England property with an old barn full of old tools that ...you could “GO THROUGH” (organize)
            GET AWAY FROM ME (us).
            “OFF... Over there” in these barns “SOMEWHERE I GOT” ‘star drills’.  Something like that is commonly ‘pitched’ in a “THAT” “GENERAL” “AREA” and one ‘digs down to it’ IF one is ‘seeking’, for example, a ‘star drill’.  Or two.
            Or eleven generations of them.




            So I started MY box of star drills in HIGH SCHOOL because they ‘don’t sell’ and FORTY-FIVE YEARS LATER and after moving “that box” around with a ‘have to use a dolly’... for TWO decades... at least... because I “HAVE SO MANY” I
            “Flipped” the box into the truck one morning and took it (this “I’m never gonna use these”... one hundred and fifty pound wooden box lot of ‘old star drills’ ‘for cutting stone’) to the
            FLEA MARKET and
            SOLD IT
            To a ‘rock guy’ who had to go get his ‘rock guy’ friend to “HELP HIM” figure out (determine the cash value) of the lot and eventually after ‘dickering’ (“NO.”) and trying to dicker (“NO.”) they ‘bought it (the box) and ‘lugged it away’ (one on each end).
So I’m ‘out of star drills’ right now although “probably” “out there” (in the barn) there “IS ONE” “lying” (‘to be buried in a particular place’) around”.
            Who cares... I’m not ‘drilling holes in ledge’ and most “TODAY” (facebook) people ‘don’t even know’.
            But... well...




            Well... but... actually... there is a little ‘old rock cutting tool’ wonder... thing... that... well I do have one... and it is a ‘good one’... as these ...old rock cutting tool wonder thing... found in old barns on old New England properties... go.
            This is... “like”... a ‘feather in the cap’ sort of ‘up yours’ to “TODAY” people kind of old New England property... (antique) granite landscape fixture.  Yeah... that’s right... I just said that it is an appropriate... ‘of good taste’ ...old New England property (antique) granite landscape fixture... that one could ...well... “HAVE”.
            “It’s a weed whacker?”
            When the ... old New England property settler ‘guy’ is ‘off over there’ sitting on the ledge ‘cutting stone’ by drilling holes... in the ledge... he... MAY
            MAY
            MAY
            Possibly had a ‘this tool’.




            It is called a ‘spoon’.  It is a ...oh how about twelve to sixteen inch... thin (3/8”) hand wrought iron ‘shaft’ with... at one end... a rounded, blacksmith (actually done by the settler himself out ‘by the cabin’) beaten, thin, curled and ‘dished’ “SPOON” that is for
            DIPPING
            Down into the ‘hole’ “HE” is drilling to scoop out the “DUST” from the drilling process; the ground up ledge created by the drill.  He scoops this out to ‘clear the hole’ so he can ‘keep drilling’.  “MAY possibly have this tool” is because most often “HE” did not and “HE” ‘cleared the hole’ by lying to his side and ‘blowing’ the hole ‘clear’ with his breath.  BUT... we all enjoy luxury and ...not having to lie on his side and huff and puff ‘stone dust’... is because he had a  TOOL for that called ‘a spoon’.  For ‘dipping’ stone ‘dust’.
            These tools... are found... in old New England barns... on old New England properties and...
            VERY almost no one ‘knows about them’.





            So there is no commercial market for them due to that (the no-know), their actual scarcity, the ‘who cares’ factor and the always helpful ‘no one is there’ factor.  This last means that EVEN IF SOME ______ gets all the way into one them old ‘full of old tools’ barns... they will, politely I say, ‘miss this’ ...old tool.
            The actual source, aside from an ‘in old barn’ find (with THAT being a ‘may take place WELL AFTER “WE CLEANED THE BARN OUT” but ‘missed this’ “Huh”) is tweedly little ‘antiques sales’ and flea market tool tables, box lots and / or ‘rusted junk’ piles.  Et al.  “YEP” rarely more than “TWO DOLLARS”.  Most... antique granite dust dip spoons... ‘look like that’ too; “TWO DOLLARS?”
            This... then... because... a ‘stupid’ homemade ‘spoon’ is NOT much to look at (“SHOW MY FRIENDS”) and so... therefore too ...no one is going to listen to one stammer on “ABOUT IT”.  I know THAT from the front line.





            Soooo.... “WE” may now quietly enjoy our “SPOON”.  The one I have has the slim and trim by purpose ‘spoon’ tip at the base of a thin square (!) iron shaft that has, in antiquarian trade terms, a ‘great look, nice surface and ‘feels good’ ‘in the hand’ “TOO” but ALSO
            At its ‘other end’ is a “THAT’S NICE” ‘rat tail’ iron “decorative” twist. 




            “Decorative” it is but it is NOT there as decoration.  This twist was intentionally established on the ‘other end’ to, also, be dipped down into the drill hole to, by twisting the rat tail... loosen the ever getting packed in... ‘stone dust’ that, for example, in ‘wet conditions’ DID PACK IN... “hard”.  Not only is the rat tail “REAL NICE TO LOOK AT but Mr. Sit On Butt ‘used it’.  Too.




            This particular specimen of old New England dust spoon tool... with this ‘extra’ rat tail tool... is ‘a rare occurrence’.  The spoons...; a ‘JUST the SPOON’... tool... one will find when ‘doggedly hunted’.  This... deluxe double tool ‘stone spoon’... is rare at the get-go so... but... keep the eye out.



            WHEN one ‘get theirs’... please... no showing off; no show and tell.  Just... a ‘put it there’ and ‘have it around’.  The people one wants to talk with about this... old New England... curiosity... will know what it is.  Others (the not-know-what-it-is) are in the ‘dubious merit’ group.  That’s a very large group of  “I LIKE” (old New England property [antique] granite landscape fixtures).  Are they, in the end, the weeds and grass that need to be trimmed... from around... the old New England property ...(antique) granite landscape fixtures?




            We now are prepared... with back ground and setting... to ...mention...
            Old Stone Walls
            On old New England Property
            “I LOVE THE OLD STONE WALLS” (of old New England).