Monday, November 29, 2010

Hello darkness, my old friend, I've come to talk with you again,
Because a vision softly creeping, Left its seeds while I was sleeping,
And the vision that was planted in my brain,
Still remains, within the sound of silence.

In restless dreams I walked alone, Narrow streets of cobblestone,
'neath the halo of a street lamp, I turned my collar to the cold and damp
When my eyes were stabbed by the flash of a neon light
That split the night, and touched the sound of silence.

And in the naked light I saw, Ten thousand people, maybe more.
People talking without speaking, People hearing without listening,
People writing songs, that voices never share.
And no one dared, Disturb the sound of silence.

"Fools" said I, "You do not know, Silence like a cancer grows.
Hear my words that I might teach you, Take my arms that I might reach you."
But my words like silent raindrops fell,
And echoed, In the wells of silence

And the people bowed and prayed, To the neon god they made.
And the sign flashed out its warning, In the words that it was forming.
And the sign said, "The words of the prophets are written on the subway walls
And tenement halls." and whisper'd in the sounds of silence.

Today, as the day & week before, we contemplate the possible implications of another interest rate rise from the RBA & in silence we sit, waiting for an outcome from our lender.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

6 months old

Bastian has been enjoying his food lately. He has now grown to 8kg!

At 6 months he has now moved from eating lunch to eating lunch and breakfast and he is loving every minute!

Check out his fatty knees. What a beautiful fatty.

(ok, so really he may wish he is nakie because of what Mum makes him wear when he does have clothes on) hehe

We love you Bastian xx

Friday, November 12, 2010

Our (not so new) NEW home

History of the Former Wesleyan Mission Chapel

The site in Winchelsea, formed allotments 5 and 6 as part of section 11 (comprising 4 roods) in the Parish of Lake Lake Wollard. In 1863, the land was gazetted in the name of the Primitive Methodist Church. It appears that a Wesleyan Chapel was constructed on the site soon after as the Geelong Advertiser newspaper on 15 May 1865 reported the existence of a Wesleyan Chapel and Day School. The Primitive Methodist cause appears to have failed to take hold in Winchelsea, as by 1867 Edward Carse had a established school in the building. It was in 1867 when the the building was described by the Geelong Advertiser as the "old Wesleyan Chapel", confirming the absence of the Primitive Methodists on the site. Carse appears to have operated the school in the Wesleyan Chapel until c.1876. The impending opening of the Winchelsea State School No. 2015 in Gosney Street in 1879 may have caused the demise of Carse's school.

An historical photograph of the former Wesleyan Mission Chapel in c.1872 shows the early design and extent of the building at that time. It comprised a steeply pitched and gabled stone wing, together with an intersecting gabled timber wing. These roof forms were clad in timber shingles and the building was accessed by a small gabled porch having a belfry above. The photograph also shows a timber picket fence, with Edward Carse and the pupils of his school in front.

In 1876-77, the Winchelsea Shire Rate Books list Almiger Richmond, builder, as the owner of 'stone and wooden buildings' on the site at 37 Austin Street, comprising the former Wesleyan Methodist Chapel. No reference was made of Edward Carse, which suggests that his school had closed by this time. By 1879 -80, the property was occupied by Joseph Richmond, while Almiger continued ownership of it. By 1889 -90, Joseph Richmond had acquired the property.

It may have been around 1909-10 when William Farquharson had purchased the property that the original gabled timber wing of the former chapel was removed and replaced with the existing, smaller gabled wings with a bullnosed verandah between. The bullnosed form of the verandah and the timber fretwork verandah valance are indicative of Federation era design.

The former Wesleyan Mission Chapel in Winchelsea, has significance as one of only three known surviving mid 19th century chapel buildings surviving in the Surf Coast Shire.

We would like to thank our Heavenly Father for giving us this glorious gift (subject to finance) the end.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010