The above photo is of a loose piece of wool sat in solus upon these lanolin covered timber floor boards. This once bustling shearing shed would have sent its wool onto Adelaide, via horse cart way back in the day. It would have reached the docks of Adelaide before heading around the globe where it was used in fashion warehouses the world over.
This shearing station has been shut for decades. It lays shut down, yet preserved, a few hundred kilometres east of Mildura on the northern side of the NSW/VIC boarder. The meeting of this wools oil – lanolin – something so simple has combined to preserve the timber floors its sits upon.
So many definitions of ‘simple’ have been encapsulated by this photo, hence why I chose it to accompany the above quote.