xix. Signs and Wonders - Home
Old English ham ‘dwelling, house, estate, village,’ from Proto-Germanic khaim, Old Norse heimr ‘residence, world,’ heima ‘ home.
Cottage - Macedon
after the painting by Frederick McCUBBIN (undated)
This was the pile of stones you used to see
but rarely now. A chimney; a wild pear
seeded from the original; a free
flowering briar tangling here and there
from the one she planted by the window
waiting for spring to come in. Now winters
have their way and flakes of porcelain show
up after rain - all that remains of her
fine English tea-set, incomplete. But it
marked a civility she clung to
then in the slab-built hut; he only meant
to be temporary. First and last made do.
How often she saw thin blue chimney smoke
trail into trees, her endless hours of work.
The Herbig Tree: the hollow tree trunk provided a 'home' for Friedrich and Caroline Herbig and two of their 16 children from 1855 until 1860 at Springton.
Johann Friedrich Herbig (27) arrived in South Australia on the Wilhelmine from Bremen on 3 October 1855. While looking for employment he went to the Adelaide Hills where he worked for George Fife Angas. He later leased a block of land of eighty acres from Angas at Black Springs, later called Springton. This was on a time payment and enabled him to start out on his own and pay off the land over a number of years. Being still rather poor Friedrich lived in the base of a very large gum tree which was located on his own land, thus saving rent or the cost of having to build a hut or house.
He soon got to know Anna Caroline Rattey, who had arrived on the Vesta from Hamburg on 1 December 1856, and lived now at Hoffnungsthal in the Barossa Valley. Friedrich and Caroline married in 1858 and Caroline moved into the tree house in which Friedrich had been living for nearly three years. A year later the first of their sixteen children, Johann August, was born in the tree. After the birth of their second son in 1860 the tree house became too small and a hut was built to accomodate the growing family.
Reading: St John 11: 20
When Martha heard that Jesus was coming, she went out to meet him, but Mary stayed at home. NIV
Bless this House
Bless this house, Oh Lord we pray
Make it safe by night and day
Bless these walls so firm and stout
Keeping want and trouble out
Bless the roof and chimneys tall
Let thy peace lie over all
Bless this door that it may prove
Ever open to joy and love
Bless these windows shining bright
Letting in God’s heavenly light
Bless the hearth, a-blazing there
With smoke ascending like a prayer
Bless the people here within
Keep them pure and free from sin
Bless us all that we may be
Fit Oh Lord to dwell with thee
Bless us all that we, one day, may dwell
Oh Lord, we pray.
Helen Taylor 1927
©Jeff Guess 2017