This statue is worth having a look at. Sometimes the children wear scarves. It seems to be the kind of statue which is open to audience participation.
Scales outside Town Hall. Love the door. The colour is much like the front door at the Pip, though much more grand. Behind the Town Hall are the Senior Citizen’s rooms, used for the not so senior as well. If you are a clogger, why not go dancing on a Wednesday night? I think that’s a great idea. Tuesdays during the day too, I think. Check. The town hall was built between 1883-85 and features Corinthian pilasters.
This is Spade to Blade at a spectacular sunset. It is a catering place, so you can’t go there except for once every couple of years when they set up tables in the laneway and have a special do. If you are in the area at the time, book a table. You would have to be very very lucky. This laneway connects Duke Street to Vincent Street. The painting below lives at the Pip. Can you see the red door of Spade to Blade with its black sign and potplant?
This is our post office building, with Wombat State Forest in the background. Very Italianate looking, built in 1867. Save Australia Post, send more mail! Though please don’t leave things behind at the Pip for me to post. This might be helpful for the economic health of our post offices, but better refrain. Since the main floors are very dark I tend to find a lot of black things like socks left behind. And shoes, phone chargers… There is something to be said for white.
The water feature in the centre of the roundabout is worth a closer look, it has hooves. See below. It is because it was a horse watering place. The grooms would drink from mugs hanging on chains from this kind of watering spot. No mugs these days but the hooves are still standing strong. I occasionally see a man unloading a horse near my place and riding it up and down Vincent Street. I think he is breaking them into traffic and people distraction. He is a very skilled rider and a joy to watch. I bet he wishes the old troughs were in operation still.
We have many churches mostly clustered in one place. The pics from below are from St Peter’s Catholic Church on Duke Street. The walls are beautifully painted. Churches are good to visit even for the not religious, simply for the beauty, space and care in the buildings and decorations.
Below is a window detail. The windows are unusual in that they feature many of the women in the bible, though not this particular window.
again, St Peter’s. I can’t get enough of wall paintings myself, as is evident at the Pip though mine are nowhere near as glourious as these rich red and gold scenes.
A last one of St Peter’s. It was completed in 1865 and is built in a gothic style. There was a bell tower too but it collapsed shortly after being built due to a mineshafe being underneath, taking quite a lot of the western wall with it as it came down. There is gold still here in Daylesford, and a whole lot of disused mineshafts. No one really knows where they are, as not all of it is charted.
Noticeboard (made by David at Overwrought) just to the side of the Town Hall. Overwrought will make your design into metal, or you can buy ready made things. He has a workshop and a display space here in town. The sign at Sister George is by him as well as our wall of hat hooks. David is not the only metal worker, there are several. Nic from Iron Made In (Daylesford) for instance, and more. Nic made the stand for the paper roll at Sister George as part of our fittings, it is truly worth a look.
Sometimew we find ourselves living in a house which feels a little lacking in soul. This might be because it has none, and the best way to improve it is to keep adding handmade things until the spirit of the handmade overrides the massproduced. I am a little odd in the way that I feel that people put their energy into what they create wether they want to or not. Hence, if you surround yourself with things made by people who hate their job (and you, by proxy as the purchaser of what they make) you are basically surrounding yourself with things that hate you. By buying things which are made with a modicum of love, pride and care you are creating a much happier space. You don’t have to agree on this by the way. It is just how I feel after a lifetime of making things which I hope will love people back.
Street lamp. I love detail, and careful deliberation in street decoration. From the downright flippant (more about that in another post) to the exquisite, I love it all. If you rush into Daylesford, rush around to see it all fast (and it is small) then rush back home again, you will miss this. Stand still, lift your head and be happy that someone bothered.
Frangos and Frangos have a spectacular style, one of a kind. The metal work alone! It made my heart flutter the first time I saw it. I am a little more immune now, but still try to see Daylesford with open eyes so I don’t miss how wonderful it is.
I don’t know who this dog is. It was photographed on Vincent Street so I assume it is a local. It looks very nice, and you can’t have pictures from the country without a dog on a ute. Incidentally, while I am on the topic, I most strongly recommend looking at the next sheep truck you see. There are little boxes underneath the body with a small hole, in these boxes the sheepdogs hang out. When the desire comes on them, they stick their little heads out and bark like possessed in the rushing air. It is one of the funniest things you can see. Maybe I am easily amused, but look next time.
Camellia Sasanqua and chalk graffiti