Wonky Cottage: window detail

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Oldschool Literacy: reading – like charity – begins in the home

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Just lately I have been pondering the plight of literacy in the children of our nation – apparently it is at a worrisome level. As I poked about in a friend’s shed recently, I noticed that I was drawn to text as a feature, whether as a decorative branding, or as information or instruction. This got me thinking that literacy surely begins in the home, where these days there is a wealth of text to a level previously unknown.

Imagine a humble farmer’s cottage a hundred or more years ago: how much text do you think was found therein? It was probably scant, and reserved mainly for books, bills, and the labels on consumables. Now, as I look around my own small home, words pop out at me from all over: words on my laptop, on the papers beside it, on the bills on the bench, on the calendar on the wall, on the appliances, on the books in the bookshelf…the list continues to the very perimeter of my environment.

For someone with inadequate literacy schools, how do they manage in a world overcome with the written word?

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Very Wonky Door

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A very wonky door to a very wonky cottage on a hill overlooking farmland and two lakes. This would have been a superb location to dwell.

I’m trying out a couple of different smartphone apps for processing my photos – this was processed with Pixlr Express.

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Tree Bark Tiles: admiration of a grand old gum tree

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It’s easy to become blase about our natural surroundings, and to take for granted that which others may no have the privilege of experiencing on a daily basis. Where I live, red gums are prolific: indeed, I live in a town with a river (barely larger than a creek) which is thickly bordered by red gums.

Out collecting firewood in a farm paddock, I often like to take a moment to examine the tree which has shed limbs that give us warmth. One particular tree yielded up these images (and dozens more) just on one branch.

How about some tiles like these in your kitchen?

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