I love old stuff.
I love the way it gets you as close as can be to touching the past. I love the way it’s had a life of its own and is full of unspoken secrets.
This is one of the reasons why I will immediately pull over if I spot an abandoned house while driving. In fact, I have been known to choose holiday destinations based on the fact that they’re near some fabulous old ruins.
The other reason I love old stuff so much is because it gives me something to photograph.
My parents are fully aware of both my propensity to photograph everything in my immediate vicinity and my love of buildings that are falling down, which is probably why they suggested we should take a detour off the Hume Highway to visit a little town called Balmattum.
Actually, “town” might be over-stating things. “Assortment of houses and farms on a side road” is somewhat more accurate. (And it’s no less adorable for being tiny.)
There were two buildings in particular that we wanted to investigate. First up was this red brick church, which is still used on a regular basis. I love the way it’s sitting in the middle of nowhere – standing out proudly in the landscape.
I’d seen the church while driving down the highway and always planned to stop one day. However, I hadn’t seen the old school until my mum pointed it out.
The school opened in 1863 and closed in 1951 and it seems to be in pretty decent condition. If you’re wondering what it looked like earlier in its history, check out this fabulous image. It was clearly all about hair bows and pinafores in those times and I’m a little in love with it all.
It’s actually been a while since I’ve wandered off the main road in search of gorgeous old forgotten things and I’ve missed it. Perhaps 2019 should be the year of getting lots of strange grass seeds stuck in my shoes while in pursuit of voiceless ruins.
Seriously, it was a lot of grass seeds.
How do you feel about abandoned buildings? Are you planning to revive an old hobby of yours this year, too? Let me know in the comments below – I’d love to hear from you.