Tuesday, September 20, 2011

From Birth to Death

This will be the last post for this blog. Our house and studio burned in the Bastrop fire 2 weeks ago. We just got out yesterday to view the site and this is what we found. The stock tank pool for Jacob was mostly untouched. There were even a few inches of water in the bottom.


This is what remains of our house.


This is what remains of my lovely studio.


And our stove.


And I found a few still life objects. I dug through the ashes to get these out. I did find one white cup intact (porcelain, from Germany), which I kept. All the rest that looked whole, crumbled in my hands. I also found a small turp can, which you can see a picture of on my blog.


It was sad to see the damage, but also much needed closure. Now instead of picturing our lovely house in our minds the way it was, we see this. And that's ok. Because this is the reality. And now - ON to the next chapter!! Oregon or bust.

52 comments:

  1. Carol, this has got to be so difficult, but you are handling it remarkably. We'll miss you here in Austin, but it's obvious you're looking forward to Oregon...be sure and check out Ashland sometime. My mom and her husband have a little winery there and live there 1/2 the year--great little town.

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  2. I am truly sorry, Carol. And know that this will lead to even better things for you and your family. I remember the painting you did of the turp can. It was one of the first of your paintings I commented on. My heart goes out to you for your loss. I applaud your strength.

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  3. Oh wow. So terrible looking. My heart is still so heavy for you but I do feel good about your future and what is in store for yall. Be safe and remember how many people out here love and admire you!

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  4. Oh Carol, this is so sad. Are there actually still leaves on the trees? I remember your happiness to move to the new house and build your studio. And will look forward to seeing you do it again in Oregon. Here's to the future!

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  5. Your ability to go and confront the reality of this is truly awesome. It will, as you have said, give you the closure you have needed. What is leads to what will be. I know you will make it fabulous and beautiful.

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  6. Thanks for sharing the photos. So sorry for you. Looks like we need a moat around our houses in the trees! Hugs.

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  7. Shocking photos. I'm thinking of you. Have a safe fun trip and on to your next adventure in life. I can tell you both are strong people and you'll be fine. Hugs

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  8. Difficile dire qualcosa a chi sta soffrendo così tanto! Da qui, dall'Italia, vi giunga un sincero e colorato abbraccio unito ad una preghiera piena d'amore per voi tutti.
    Graziano

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  9. So sad to see your home and studio was destroyed. I wish you the very best in your new life in Oregon. On to the next chapter. I know you and your family will be fine and you will make the best of this situation. You seem to be very strong and positive.

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  10. wow, it was thorough. I am so sorry that you were not able to find many keepsakes.

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  11. Great round up! Me and my family are alos doing it annually.

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  12. I stumbled back upon this blog and that was sad.

    New beginnings and a better studio! That's glad.... : )

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  13. Hi I'm Heather! Please email me when you get a chance, I have a question about your blog! LifesABanquet1(at)gmail.com

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  14. Looks like what remains from storm damage. Anyway, good luck, for a new and better studio will emerge.

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  15. I've just discovered your work. Really wonderful.
    I can't imagine what it's been like after the fire. My heart goes out to you.
    Good luck.

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