Saturday, June 5, 2021
Sunday, May 23, 2021
My home is never more than a stone‘s tow away. I have made myself a rockreational trailer. It’s not a TraveLite that’s for sure.It’s not a new fangled mortarhome either. It’s more like the Rockwood brand, but without the wood.
I call it The Cozy Cocoon. It’s made entirely of heavy duty long lasting stones. It has a two and a half foot high circular door opening that leads to a spacious compartment with a six foot, dry-laid, vaulted ceiling. It has surprisingly good ventilation and yet has a very quiet feel to it when you’re inside. It travels smoothly when I drive carefully but when I tow it fast it’s got a lot of pick up.
I’m looking forward to going on a camping adventure with it soon. It will be exciting to travel down the old dusty cobblestone trail by day, and sleep ‘inside’ my cobblestone trailer by night . And when I’ll pull over late at night I’ll climb into my mobile dry stone home and sleep like a rock. And when I wake up and crawl out I’ll find myself somewhere I’ve never been before , feeling like a totally new person.
Saturday, May 15, 2021
It's good to try to think about the plight of our friend the boulder
It sits around on its own all day, and just gets older
Alone it's waits so sedentary on the lawn
Abandoned helpless and forlorn
Why not have it joined with it's peers,
and all its younger smaller kin
And in a circle of harmony and oneness,
invite the different sizes in ?
Monday, May 3, 2021
Welcoming travellers on the busy 401 highway to the Port Hope area (which has many beautiful dry stone walls and historic brick and stone buildings) is this sign with an example of phoney stonework, which is made, not of brick or stone, but manufactured blocks , but not real blocks , but rather, a photo of blocks, the image being made out of some sort of plasticated vinyl material .
Sunday, May 2, 2021
When we’re searching in a random pile of stones for good ones to build walls with, we sometimes come across unusual rocks that have weird crazy shapes. We've learned to carefully put them aside because, though they look like ‘problems’, they more than likely will turn out to be ‘problem solvers’. It’s magical how often they end up fitting ‘perfectly’ in some troublesome space we thought was going to be impossible to fill. To decide an awkward shaped stone is a problem, is like looking up in the sky and not seeing a silver lining but just a troublesome dark cloud.
Saturday, May 1, 2021
Thursday, April 29, 2021
Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Monday, April 26, 2021
And I dreamt I saw the boulders being bulldozed in the ground, and they were turning into butterflies beyond our imagination.
Many of us who work with stone would concur that the expectation that we are due for some sort of mega-metamorphic rock-the-world event, is merely the evidence of the beginnings of a long awaited 'emergence', and that rocks, as in previous stone ages, have a rather big part to play in this cosmic phase shift.
Sunday, April 25, 2021
The splitting of hard rocks that are not good or useful enough (we call them caterpillar rocks) - too round mostly, or too thick or are not flat enough, often creates pleasing symmetric shaped stones reminiscent of the paired wing patterns of the insect world. We call this metamorphosis of lowly rocks into beautiful useful stones - the butterfly effect .