By Edmund W. Jupp
The purpose of the "Watching" sequence is to attract consciousness to a couple of the very fascinating goods round us, issues that maybe we do not discover up to we would. the 1st used to be "Bridge Watching", and while this was once positioned "on the web" it produced, to the shock of the writer, this sort of friendly flood of electronic mail that one other was once written, known as "Water Watching". This, too, used to be kindly acquired. So it was once tempting to proceed with the subject. Brick-watching is a cheap hobby, which may flip an previous brick wall into a thrilling locate, and produce on your consciousness the fascination that's hidden from those that glance yet do not see, or even see yet do not glance. it truly 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 after all even more to it than that. Armed with a bit wisdom, each brick constitution is an merchandise of curiosity, whatever to be spotted, possibly to be jotted down in a checklist, or photographed, drawn, painted, remembered. the writer hopes that this light technique will supply a few perception into the esoteric international of bricks, and should raise the excitement of discovering and learning the numerous brick buildings (including the multitude of interesting ruins) not just in the community yet around the globe. it may possibly even convert the reader from being detached to changing into enthusiastic.
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Foundation Brick, stone or concrete construction to form a kind of platform so as to spread the load of the structure over an area greater than that of the walls themselves. The ground can carry a stress which depends upon the type of soil or rock. Firm rock can carry a large stress, and the foundations need not be extensive; but on softer material which would fail under a large stress, the footings must be correspondingly increased to avoid the risk of subsidence. Frog The depression on the largest face of a brick.
Drip A small groove in the underside of a course of bricks so as to stop water running back into the wall, usually found in a cill. Efflorescence A disfiguring white substance on the face of brickwork, usually due to the presence of salt. It appears during or shortly after the laying of bricks. It arises from the movement of salts to the outer surface of a brick. The brick-watcher is unlikely to see this on well-established walls, as it usually vanishes of its own accord, or is scrubbed off with a stiff brush.
It is normally quarried, and may vary in colour from rich golden hues through reds and browns, and even white. Due to vertical movements of the earth's crust, deposits of sand may be found far from the sea. Sand consists of fine grains or particles that have resulted from successive grinding together of rocks through massive movements of the earth over the ages. One lot of sand may look pretty much like any other lot; but a peep through a powerful microscope reveals a magnificent world of miniature multi-coloured odd-shaped rocks.
Brick Watching by Edmund W. Jupp