It seems that Hucka D. has left the scene, so I’ll just continue the tour of the newly created Sink Lair Gallery in Carcass-One’s The Tight region by myself. Maybe he’ll pop up again before we’re done.
In the Sink Lair Floor 01 post just below, I described the beginnings of the Sink Line, one of two identifiable ley lines forming the warp and woof of the Synching Creek Designated Mystery Area as a whole along with Sign Line. As pictured on that floor, Sink Line begins at what I call the Brainard Hole immediately west of Olde Farm Golf Course, and where Sinking Creek simply seems to disappear into the ground. We can continue this line up through Square Rock (also pictured on floor 1) and then, especially, Square *Island*, which is also one leg of The Triangle, probably the core of the Synching Creek D.M.A. as a whole. As it turns out, as the center of Square Rock is 0.99 mile up the Sink Line from its origin point at the Brainard Hole, so Square Island is exactly 1 mile up from Square Rock, and 1.99 miles from the Brainard Hole.
Square Island, pictured in front of Baker Bloch here on Floor 2 as it appears in GoogleEarth, can be seen as the seed for the whole S.C.D.M.A., outlined somewhat in my first blog posts on the subject here and here.
Below we have the entire Sink Line as exhibited in the Sink Lair Gallery presently, 2 pictures for each of the 2 floors making a total of 4. What I call “Round 2”, an unidentified dark circular object 4.01 miles from the Brainard Hole and not far above the source of Sinking Creek, seems to be a logical endpoint for the line, at least so far.
Next to the Square Island picture already discussed a bit above comes another GoogleEarth capture attempting to show the relationship of all places in the Synching Creek D.M.A. as especially associated with the Sink Line, the Sign Line, and also The Triangle connecting these two lines.
Synching Creek D.M.A. seems to have a special relationship with the White Horse alignments in Wiltshire County, England discovered by the writer in Spring 2010. More on that subject here.
Then we move on to a more detailed examination of the central Triangle, starting with these 3 Edna Million shots of, right to left, Square Island, Barker Cemetery, and Rock’s House w/proximate bamboo grove. Just like the 3 Sign Line pictures on Floor 1, these span the entire long wall of the gallery.
The Square Island photo in the above gallery shot toggles with another of the same seen below, one with the island viewed from a side and one from a corner. I see this as the beating heart of the Mystery Area, a two-chamber effect.
Above the central Barker Cemetery picture of this Floor 2 triptych comes a photo from another Washington County, Virginia Barker Cemetery, the largest of the three such named cemeteries in the county and containing 157 interments according to the handy (and huge!) Find A Grave database (Barker Cemetery in the Mystery Area is the smallest). This cemetery is noted so far for several things now, the first discovered being the presence of what looks like a person standing in the corner of the cemetery in GoogleEarth Streetview from a certain angle when none is there (not seen from other angles). I first bring this oddity up in a blog post last month and then expound upon it in some detail in this slightly later post.
I think it was very soon after I saw the “person” standing in the corner of this particular Barker Cemetery in Streetview that I made the association with the Philip Linden statue commonly found in Second Life, specifically through its posed position in my old “Jeogeot Through Art and Word” sign created Fall 2010 for my large Blue Feather Gallery exhibit of that name. This sign is seen in the upper right corner of the below photo beside the Barker Cemetery shot. Then a duplicate sign can be seen superimposed on the Barker Cemetery photo itself, except made transparent and shortened. The animation created between the two photos when you incrementally restore the sign’s correct height is found here. Basic storyline: the mystery figure in the corner and the Philip Linden sculpture appear to be one and the same (!).
The map on the other side of this serves to powerfully reinforces the connection and make it basically straightforward, as it were. The two closest communities to this particular Barker Cemetery are Phillip and Lime Hill. Phillip seems to point out Philip Linden’s first name, and Lime Hill his last, due to the fact that American linden trees are called lime trees in Britain. Barker Cemetery even lies about halfway between the two villages, and on the only road directly connecting them.
Having hopefully reinforced the queerness of the Barker Cemetery archetype, let’s move on to another aspect of the central Triangle of the S.C.D.M.A.: Rock’s House, lying 0.12 miles from both Barker Cemetery (again this is the smallest Barker Cemtery in the county of the three, as opposed to the one we’ve been discussing just above which is the largest) and Square Island. Rock’s House isn’t any official name for the structure, which appears vacant. Instead my coined name comes from the sign in front of it advertising Rock’s Produce and Deli. The actual Rock’s P&D lies down the road a couple of mile, but the sign is unclear about that: it could appear to the outsider that *this* house is instead the deli, as Edna and I first thought. The sign is pictured below, to the right of the Jeogeot Through Art and Word exhibit sign in the gallery.
To the right of the Rock’s P&D sign photo, in turn, is a larger one of baker b. — me — attempting to enter the thick and super mysterious bamboo grove behind Rock’s House on our last visit to the Mystery Area, with limited success. The grove is just too dense. Nevertheless, this particular photo seems to portray a passageway into the grove which actually isn’t there.
Why is the bamboo grove so mysterious seeming? I can’t totally answer that at this time, except to say I believe it is a symbol of a collection of hidden things commonly called “carcasses” in this blog, which began in 2007 and continue up to present time, 6 in number so far with a 7th anticipated probably this year sometime. As the carcasses parallel the development of the blog (and carcasses are only called such within the confines of the Baker Blinker Blog), I believe the grove also represents the blog itself. In my first post on the S.C.D.M.A., I note how the bamboo grove seems to have greatly expanded since 2007, even encroaching on Rock’s House itself now (threatening it?).
Below the picture of me and the bamboo grove is another from the Mystery Area, the West End this time (the highest of a group of 3 West End photos on Floor 1), showing similar bamboo growing just behind the chain link fence surrounding R.C. Storage, harboring the pictured Robert E. Lee Motel and Rainbow Autel signs (among many others). Are the two clusters of bamboo related? At any rate, it seemed a logical photo juxtaposition to create at this point.
Then to the left and up from that photo is one of an almost collapsed shed of some kind found in the field behind Rock’s House (and beyond the bamboo grove), visited by Edna and me on our way up to Barker Cemetery at the top of the hill there. Might it related to the Mystery Shed pictured just beneath it as well? Another logical picture juxtaposition to make here even if not.
Across Hall’s Bottom Road from the Rock’s P&D sign comes one in a similarly “misleading” vein, advertising the Singingwood Stables which actually lie at the end of a side road off Hall’s Bottom Road, a distance of several miles probably. Here’s where some of Flynn’s own research/groundwork regarding the S.C.D.M.A ties into Edna’s and mine, for during her stay in Abingdon she found a book called “Confessions of a Dark-Barker” by Lowry Bowman just laying out in the open when she first entered the town’s public library. She had already known about our research into Barker Cemetery (at least the one of the Mystery Area, and perhaps both), and also knew about the Singingwood sign across from Rock’s House. Needless to say she was fairly shocked to see prominent Triangle names Bowman and Barker also combined together in this book.
When she mentioned it on the Synchronicity Phenomena Board I was immediately very intruigued. What, pray tell, was a “Dark-Barker”?? The answer came when I was able to read the 1st chapter, an introduction of sorts, to Bowman’s “Confession of A Dark-Barker” during our 3rd and last (so far) visit to the Abingdon and the Mystery Area. The chapter is called “All Scolds Are Common,” and I’ll just supply links to pictures I took of its two pages here and here.
Also during Flynn’s visit to Abingdon, she was able to find the location of Rock’s Produce and Deli and talk a bit with one of the owners. In later googling the name of the establishment, I came up with three links, the top 2 to this blog, and the third a link to the Maroon and White newsletter of Bristol, Tennessee High School advertising Rock’s as the best place in the area to buy hot *dogs*. I immediately saw the connection with Bowman’s “Dark-Barker” (dog on front of book) and The Triangle of the Mystery Area (Singingwood Bowmans’ sign immediately across road from Rock’s sign, both “misleading”).
Now we move into S.C.D.M.A.’s Barker Cemetery itself, which I will admit remains a loose end in all this queerness. Unlike Flynn during her visit, Edna and I were successfully able to enter the small cemetery not by the more direct route (up a driveway which dead ends at a private residence) but by diagonally traversing the meadow behind Rocks’ House. Certainly an added bonus to taking this route was the ability to snap pictures of the bamboo grove behind Rock’s House as well.
The cemetery seemed to contain somewhat more interments than the Find A Grave site presently claims: we counted maybe up to 8, while FAG gives 6. Part of the problem is what is obviously the most unusual and also most undecipherable of its marked gravestones, pictured to the left in the below Sink Lair Gallery photo.
At this point in time, I’ll simply state that the photo in the gallery toggles with another picture of a quite similar looking gravestone found in the *other* Barker Cemetery we visited this same day, and they may even be much more closely related than surface appearances given here.
And with that, I believe I’ll end my probably overlong tour of the Sink Lair as well until we are able to make another visit, with many more photos promised. Stay tuned as I like to say!