By Edmund W. Jupp
The purpose of the "Watching" sequence is to attract realization to a couple of the very attention-grabbing goods round us, issues that maybe we do not detect up to we would. the 1st was once "Bridge Watching", and whilst this used to be positioned "on the web" it produced, to the shock of the writer, any such friendly flood of email that one other used to be written, known as "Water Watching". This, too, used to be kindly got. So it was once tempting to proceed with the subject matter. Brick-watching is a cheap hobby, which may flip an outdated brick wall into an exhilarating locate, and convey for your awareness the fascination that's hidden from those that glance yet do not see, or even see yet do not glance. it really is taken without any consideration that everybody is familiar with brick is a lump of clay moulded right into a oblong block after which baked; yet there's in fact even more to it than that. Armed with a bit wisdom, each brick constitution is an merchandise of curiosity, whatever to be spotted, might be to be jotted down in a list, or photographed, drawn, painted, remembered. the writer hopes that this light procedure will supply a few perception into the esoteric international of bricks, and may elevate the excitement of discovering and learning the numerous brick buildings (including the multitude of attention-grabbing ruins) not just in the neighborhood yet around the world. it could even convert the reader from being detached to changing into enthusiastic.
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You can find these in humble cottages as well as in mansions. It is well worth looking upward towards the roof in some of the older gracious homes. Fine decorative brickwork can be seen in the chimneys. The chimney is fast disappearing as an architectural feature; but in their day some magnificent examples were built. In many houses, where fireplaces were put into most of the rooms, the chimney stacks were wonders of craftsmanship, each chimney being different in appearance. You may sometimes see tall narrow chimney stacks which over the years have bent over like bananas.
From a distance the effect is that of an ordinary brick building, though the fire-resistant qualities of the structure might leave much to be desired.... Walls in brick are common, and many of these have stood for a very long time. In the more rural areas you may come across long brick walls surrounding large estates, put up in the days when labour was cheap and plentiful. In time such walls fail not from any inherent weakness of the bricks themselves, but from ground heave or earth movement due to the roots of nearby trees pushing their way under the foundations.
A chain was wound round the barrel of the windlass, to which a bucket was attached. Well water was mostly sweet and pure, and much preferred to mains water by some people. Mixing mortar is not quite as simple as it might appear at first glance. Like the mixing of concrete, cleanliness is of prime importance. Inclusions of foreign matter produce weak mortar, unable to do its job properly in the structure. Good sharp sand, good quality cement, and clean water together make good mortar. The task demanded of mortar is that it shall be sufficiently fluid to settle into the minor holes in the surface of the brick, yet not so sloppy as to be unable to sustain the weight of a brick when wet.
Brick Watching by Edmund W. Jupp