Wednesday, 13 June 2007

Will i be saved or will nature reclaim me??


What is it about neglected abandoned homes that brings out the romantic in me? I could sit there for hours imagining the builder first of all and then the family that moved in, the births the deaths, the laughter the tears the struggle of just living day to day.

This old farm house on the side of bodran still had the barn and staircase and roof when i first saw it 20yrs ago, i don't know why it was abandoned but the owners residents on a nearby farm have done nothing to stop the decay if anything they've encouraged it..and have refused numerous offers for it....as you read these blogs you'll notice just how mad! folk like them make me.

8 comments:

UN PEU LOUFOQUE said...

In Brittany where a quarter of the population were lsot in world war one adn Goodnes knows how many in world war two, there are ancient ruins like this which have to stand empty as owners can not be traced. I remember too visiting county cork and sseing houses appaently abandoned since the potaote famine.. very sad, go and look at the local historical records andsee if you can find wholived there last and when . it won't help the dealy but it might fire your interest inlocal history!

annakarenin said...

had to come and see what you were writing under hiraeth even though I should be going to bed.

It is sad to see what was once a beautiful home so sadly neglected especially when you think how many people would love to live there. There was an empty cottage opposite my Mil old house in Chepstow and I believe it still is a tragedy.

I saw an owl sitting on the chimney of a tumble down building earlier this evening, it was wonderful seeing it.

elizabethm said...

Recognise these from our walk! Aren't they beautiful? Can never decide whether they are sad because no longer lived in or whether ruined buildings have their own beauty - part of me wants to move in and rescue them all.

Suffolkmum said...

Beautiful and poignant. What a lovely welsh word.

Pondside said...

So sad to see such a well-built place going to ruin. Most buildings here are wooden, so if they're left alone they go back to the earth rather quickly. Lots of ghost towns in northern BC from the goldrush days - I love to imagine the life that was once in them.

Frances said...

Hello again, Jo.

This picture is so romantically beautiful, that it makes me wonder why do I consider ruins to be beautiful. I think that it may be that I value what came before, wish that time could still be with us, and cherish even a little taste of it.
Since I live in a city that keeps tearing down and rebuilding over and over, block after block, my longing to stop the clock a bit is even stronger. I did not write this as well as I wanted to. Sorry. Just wanted to express appreciation for continuing beauty.
xo

Cait O'Connor said...

Wales is littered with these ruins isn't it? They are all round here. They soon become decrepit once the rain gets in. Such a shame when young people can't afford to buy houses in the area.

Exmoorjane said...

Only just discovered this bit of your blog, Jo....very lovely. I am always amazed at how many empty houses there are in Snowdonia...seems sad yet they are wildly romantic as ruins too. There was a really spooky one behind Maen y Bardd