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One from the vault. Did a quick search on this one and surprisingly saw very little in the way of reports - so thought I'd share my take on it. Back in the day this place was quite infamous - mostly it seems due to the few 'bad apples' that lurk within the exploring community. Stories of looting and selling out to the media were rife. It is quite a special place for me as its the kind of place that's close to where my ancestors lived and I can imagine its the kind of place they would call home. Its located in a wild and isolated place, it would have been a harsh and bleak landscape to live in at times but in its own way stunning and beautiful. I visited twice in the early part of 2015. The house had obviously been left unoccupied a very long time until it suddenly appeared on the radar. The owners had become aware of this and tried securing it. On my first visit I noticed a big new shiny padlock was in place on the outhouse. When I returned about a month later the whole door had been smashed. A little later all doors and windows were boarded up, leading to an unofficial renaming by one clever wordsmith as Shroud Cottage. It appears that also didn't deter those with no sense of respect in the search for 15 minutes of Facebook fame. Enough of the backstory and on with the pictures:
This place, as I am sure a few of you are aware, is in the middle of nowhere. If you can call the Welsh countryside nowhere that is... I have to admit, I felt quite smug, driving towards the location in my Land Rover Defender - perfect camouflage for the area. And, no, contrary to some published photos - this is not my Landie The house is a little set back from the outbuildings, and at first I didn't see the house at all. With eyesight this good, it's no wonder that my research, is on occasion... bloody hopeless Once inside the house, I spent far too long photographing the Harmonium and the Clock next to it. One thing I liked about this location is that, although it is filled with lots of little artifacts, I do not get the feeling of intrusion - perhaps because I get the impression that it has been abandoned for quite some time. I don't know if this is true or not to be honest, but that is the feeling I get. Both upstairs and downstairs, there was so much to photograph and document As well as those personal items, the view out the back has a peacefulness to it I could quite happily have spent several hours at this location, both inside and out. As we were leaving I spotted an old cart in what is left of an outdoor shed - of sorts. It looked quite photogenic, but I wasn't sure I wanted to get the tripod out and take my time. One of my fellow explorers was getting a detail shot though, so after wandering about I decided to get a bit closer to the cart. Of course, the grass had grown quite a lot and I was careful where I was treading. Or so I thought. As it happens, I stepped forward, and my foot went straight on a large nail. Nail, which was attached to some wood/fence/whatever went through my boot and in to my foot. Bloody marvelous. Actually it wasn't, it was bloody painful. The nail was gripped quite well by my boot, so in traditional comic book fashion, I slowly lifted my leg up to pull the nail out. The general call was to take my boot off and see the damage. Well I knew the nail had pierced my foot and I saw no point in taking by boot off until I got back to the car. I hobbled away from scene, and then decided, actually, bollocks, I was going to grab a shot of the bloody cart. As it goes, I am quite pleased with this grab shot When I got back to the car, boot and sock off, there was a nice neat puncture hole in my foot, just shy of the middle of the arch. Luckily, the boot gripped the nail quite firmly, so any lose rust or muck was "wiped" off the nail before it went in to my foot - well at least that is what I reckon. Thanks for viewing - there are some more images on my Flickr A couple of detail shots, portraits, that sort of thing
Good evening everyone, it's been a while! Now this place drove me and a few people half crazy when we were trying to pinpoint its location. But we persevered, found it, and boy it didn't disappoint.. Well maybe a little at first haha, but after the mystery of the missing items (most of what you will see in the shots) was solved everything was hunkydory. (AFTER SOME DRAMA LLAMA) A beautiful cottage slap bang in the middle of nowhere - it would have been a delight to live in with the rolling hills in the distance, if a little isolated from society. Just how I like them! So Scrappy and I set off, wellies packed and rambled over to Cloud House. I'll be honest. There were no Clouds, but river running though my boots house doesn't have the same ring to it. Nor does Gust house. Anyhoo, on with the pics Now... how do I put pics on this thing.... Hope you enjoyed Katia x
This was the largest thermal Powerstation in Belguim. Developed and upgraded over the years with more modern turbines. A huge site full of symmetry inside and out. This really is a cool location. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5 6. Full set can be found here