Thursday, June 26, 2014

Trimming Grass and Weeds Around Old New England Property (Antique) Granite Landscape Fixtures - Part Seven - "An... Absolute Jewel"

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

Part Seven

"An... Absolute Jewel"

            Within the concise... of less than one half mile wide diameter...  circle... that... easily encloses my... residential neighborhood... there stand SIX colonial era (1740-1760) ‘dug cellars’.  There is an additional 1790 ...primitive... ‘Federal Style’ ‘dug cellar’ homestead too that... is more correctly denoted to be modeled on the, for example, Portsmouth, NH colonial waterfront ‘in anticipation of’ (Federal style) HOMESTEAD (emphasizing that last word in opposition to any FANCY Federal style... thoughts).  Of the seven ‘sites’... FIVE of the homesteads, including the ‘late’ one, have their original ‘house’ on top of their original ‘dug cellar’.  TWO of the colonial homestead sites are... cellar... holes.  Both of these cellar... holes... are ‘hidden’ and ‘undisturbed’ as I write (2014).
All five of the actual houses are, for the most part, ‘original’ with only modest ‘changes’.  ALL are of their original (primitive small low square box-around-large-center-brick fireplace kitchen chimney) ‘Cape Style’ form with no... no... disturbance to the trained eye on this precept.  All other homes within this circle... and for a few miles away too... were built after... and ‘well after’... World War II.  MOST additional homes were built WELL less than twenty years ago.  What that means is that from the Colonial era until ‘now’... no additional ‘antique’ homes (Greek Revival, Victorian, Civil War era, etc.) were built.  This is NOT a unique setting.  One may travel two miles further “out” (the coastal Maine land finger) to ‘come upon’ another EQUAL if not slightly earlier (1738) ‘settlement’... for example.  These... ‘sheltered’ ‘settlements’ from the colonial era prospered by ‘taking’ the (sheltered) ‘best land’ next to the (sheltered) ‘best cove’ (salt water access) and... as family, never letting go of it.  There was no need to ‘let go’ to ‘improve’ for these lands and their access to the sea... were... and are still... perfection... of... old New England property.  It was not until the

            Everything... (1950-ish)
            That... “land”
            “Was sold” (for ‘people’ to ‘build houses’ “ON”).
            KEEPING a steady hand on this... pleasing... evolution of this sort of residential community development... to this day... is the... pleasing...  partnership of historic preservation and
            There is no historic preservation ‘around here’ but LACK OF (any) MONEY has, after the (“waterfront”) “LAND” “WAS SOLD”, preserved the ‘original undisturbed state’ of the clusters of ‘colonial settlements’.  “OTHER PLACES” where there is found “MORE MONEY” have ...NOT... ‘survived’.  This includes those “other places” “cellar holes” too.
            Get the message:  Poverty preserves... MONEY destroys.
            “WE HAD THE HOUSE RAISED AND PUT A (poured cement eight to twelve foot high) BASEMENT UNDER IT and are BUILDING THE ADDITION ON THE BACK TOO”.
            So much for that colonial hand dug ‘crawl space’ and ‘cellar hole’.
            “WE RESTORED IT
            (Using money):
            “IT COSTS A LOT TO DO THIS (‘restore’ a ‘colonial’) “CAPE”.
            But what about the ‘property’?
            “Oh... there used to be a (colonial era) house on it (that land).”

            It was.
            Get it?

            The way it used to be done, the bulldozer (the machine making the backup beeping noise) would approach the cellar hole from around the four sides and... “bump”... the cut granite (foundation) cap stones... into...
The cellar hole
            Once rid of these stones as upward protrusions, the ...dozer... would... ‘fill in’ and ‘level’ “THE SITE” by religiously ‘pushing in’ the ‘field stone lined walls’ of the ‘hole’ while ‘pushing additional material (gardens, landscape) “INTO” “THE HOLE”
            Completion... of the ‘filling in the cellar hole’ project was... celebrated... by the bulldozer hurriedly driving back and forth on top (“BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP”) of the filed hole to ‘pack it down’ ‘flush’ so ‘you wouldn’t even know’ that a cellar hole... or colonial homestead... ‘had been there.

            This ‘be done’ changed passionately, religiously and... commercially by the mid 1970’s.  “PEOPLE” “DISCOVERED” the cap “stones” and “WANT THOSE” so had the ‘bumping’ ‘into’ stopped and
            The cap stones are now gathered up (usually by something going “BEEP, BEEP, BEEP, BEEP” too)
To be ‘loaded’ and ‘hauled away’ (includes more beeping) to become...
            Commercially valuable
            Granite landscape fixtures.
            Often they became... “WALL” along “THE EDGE” of... they (house lots) are not really a “PROPERTY” even though the “THEY” called them “THAT”:  “MY PROPERTY
            Property is theft?******
            OR... they ‘are used as’ “STEPS” (to the front door of “MY HOUSE”).

            OK:  Stopping right here we must take a.... slash and burn... side trip WITHIN the wonderland of old New England property (antique) granite landscape fixtures.  For the ‘own good’.
            A “step” and the “STEPS” are... like troughs, millstones, colonial quarries, ‘sits on ledge’ and... cellar holes... a true old New England property (antique) granite landscape fixture.  A true ‘step’ has true form, true age, true placement, true wear and true... true... TRUTH of true... to the effort of ‘knowing about’ ... old New England property (antique) granite landscape fixtures.
            Reversed, to no surprise (to the reader by now?), if one places or stacks up old New England cellar hole ‘cap stones’ and ‘uses them’ as “STEPS” and... therefore... purveys them to all comers as “NICE” “MY” “STEPS”
            God damn you... for you have God damned yourself before him.  What one actually ‘has’... is a “cut (granite) stone being used as a step”.  This is because a true ‘step’ IS a true STEP... and is easily discerned as ‘being that’.
            The step form... is a long-ish ‘squared’ rectangle that... closely resembles a, for example, ‘foundation cap stone’ BUT
            It is ‘finished’ (‘made to be a step’).

            Characteristically the TOP of the “STONE” is... ‘chiseled down’ about one half to three fourths of an inch ‘all the way across’ the top in visible lines that make the surface look like a... nail file... texture... TWO THIRDS of the ‘way back’ leaving the BACK THIRD at the original height and ‘unfinished’.  This ...distinctive crafting... is for ‘ice in winter’ and ‘drainage’ of moisture (rain) “OFF” the step that... in fact only works sort of due to the winter time ‘bridge freezes first (step freezes first) condition BUT IS DONE (by a lone man and hand chisel working ‘on it’ ‘for days’) IN ‘good effort’ intention and... MUST BE THERE.. to be a true antique granite “step” because that is the “WAY THEY DID IT” ‘back then’.  THIS cut into the granite... traction ribbing...
            IS THEN
            Required... too... to be of “LONG USAGE WORN”... “smoothed down” from CENTURIES of FOOT WEAR...:  “WORN” on the top surface, the ribbing, the ‘all exposed edges... including the
            NOT WORN
            And not worn edges...
            Where “NO ONE WALKS”.
            That is a step; an old New England property front door step CLASSIC .
            “Do not accept an imitation”.
            A foundation cap stone ‘placed’ and ‘used’ as a “MY STEPS”... ‘is not’
            One.  It is, again, a ‘cut (granite) stone being used as a step’.
            Know the difference.
            I know the difference... in one quarter second of a glance.
            Once one ‘SEES’ “THIS” ... one does not forget ‘it’.
            WHAT premium does one think a ‘real’ ‘step’ “COMMANDS” ‘in the market’?
            Or... when “THEY” take the “STONES” (foundation cap stones), why do they always very, very carefully take the ‘steps’ ‘first’?
            Do you have a real step?  Go out and LOOK.

            Now that I have assisted one in discerning an... absolute jewel... of a TRUE old New England property (antique) granite landscape fixture... we may go back to
            The ‘filled in’
            Of the... old... New England... cellar hole.
            “Brimstone and Hellfire
            You say?"

****** “P. J. Proudhon; “What is property?  Property is theft”.

1 comment:

  1. It's tough to accept, we are thieves, when we fill in the cellar holes (abuse), and they were thieves when they dug and built the cellars (use).