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Neglected Structures & Overgrown Places #11 — Rubble & Rubbish

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I guess there’s a certain artistic quality about old rubble, junk, and weeds, once they’ve become established. They’ve sort of matured, like a craggy, weather-beaten face that tells a history.

Of course, other people’s junk is always going to seem more attractive than any of my own, which comes with the label “Overwhelming Job Needing Urgent Attention”.

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15 thoughts on “Neglected Structures & Overgrown Places #11 — Rubble & Rubbish

  1. Beautiful if it is not yours to tidy, organise and tame.

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  2. This is so true. One man’s rubble, or junk could be someone else’s treasure. We have a dumpster load if you’d like some. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  3. I love urban architectural remnants and ruins. They’re so creepy! We have a couple of abandoned psychiatric hospitals within a half-hour’s drive. The images are both beautiful and chilling. Part of one has been converted to a State Wildlife park, once the huge buildings were razed, but piles of brick and masonry rubble still dot the landscape and provide moments of musing what that place was like before the deer began grazing where the wards used to be…

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    • I used to work in one of those huge old psychiatric hospitals. Those places were so often built in wonderful countryside, even if the towns later encroached on their space. The inmates used to farm and do all sorts of outdoor activities at one time in these places. I guess that the countryside just ends up reclaiming what it once owned. I think that some of the old hospitals in the UK — beautiful buildings originating from Victorian times — have been divided up and converted into luxury apartments.

      If you want to see some amazing photography, which includes some incredibly spooky shots of gothic looking buildings, you ought to visit one of my blogging friend’s sites. http://cybeleshineblog.wordpress.com/

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  4. As our new Prime Minister is running a campaign “clean and green” I am nowadays very much active to be in the initiative. I take care of my surroundings as this is one of my main goal of my blog Being Bettr, so thank you for highlighting it! I am now much more dedicated!

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    • We have really good recycling facilities in the town where I live, to the extent that I only end up putting out one small bag a week of ordinary household waste. The recycling includes tins, plastic bottles and containers, cardboard, paper, textiles, batteries, small electrical items, and garden waste — all of these things collected from outside our house by men in environmentally friendly vehicles that don’t pump toxic fumes into the air.

      I don’t think all towns are that lucky, but I live in a seaside resort that prides itself on being extra clean and has won awards for the best kept seafront.

      My only grouch is that there are a few too many cars in the town in the summer but, apart from that, I’m happy ๐Ÿ™‚

      Swetank, I’m very pleased to hear that you are very much active in the “clean and green” initiative and I like it that the main goal of your blog is Being Bettr.

      Have a great weekend ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. My junk comes with the same label!

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  6. It’s the weeds I love, Sarah, pushing through the cracks. I wrote a story this year based on the ability of weeds to colonise anything!

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    • I wonder if John Wyndham’s “Day of the Triffids” was inspired by such an observation!
      In my speculative fiction novel, the weeds have reclaimed large parts of the UK due to a vast decrease in the human population.

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      • I used to watch that TV series when I little and I had nightmares about it for months! Saw a bit of it when I was older and it was so hammy I couldn’t believe I’d been so scared of it ๐Ÿ™‚

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