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Saturday, February 16, 2008

PhotoHunt: Free



This week's theme is Free. How do I interpret this? Should I display images of things that are free? Or does it mean we are free to post whatever images we like, on any theme? You can tell I've been to law school, can't you? I must be the only person to use the principles of statutory interpretation, in deciding how to tackle this week's PhotoHunt.

Seeing as I don't have anything I didn't pay for, I'm going to have to take a liberal approach, and show you some images shot whilst doing something that is free. What am I talking about? Walking - it's a free activity that all mobile people can enjoy, including many people with disabilities. It's good for your heart, and can help keep you in shape. So what did I find the last time I participated in this free activity?

During a stroll around a nearby neighbourhood, I came across these once-grand, but now crumbling buildings. I used to live a stone's throw away from them about sixteen years ago, and can remember when they were both in use. This first one was the RAF social club for many tears, until it closed, when it became a convalescent and retirement home.


I think this one was also a retirement home. Sadly, both buildings have been severely vandalized and set on fire by louts. Thieves have also stripped the roofs of their tiles and lead. I guess they fancied some free building materials.


Just a few metres away, you'll find this house, in a similar style to the two derelict ones. This one, however, is a well maintained dwelling house.


This next house is a little further along the same road, on the opposite side. It would have been a rather grand family home at some time. I think it's now an activity centre or day centre for people with sensory disabilities.


During a later stage of my free walk, I aimed my camera through the trees of a small park known as St. James' Gardens, to take a shot of this grand-looking Georgian terrace. Originally a row of upmarket town-houses, the terrace is now home to several offices. I doubt they get to trade there rent-free!


Anyway, that's my PhotoHunt for this week, and its very tenuous link to the word 'free'. I'm off out on another of my free walks soon, so I'll check out fellow Hunters when I return. Have a great weekend!

24 comments:

johnnykiu.com said...

There are lots of free words in it~
Happy hunting.
Mine is up too. Come and have a look

Dawn said...

I really like these old buildings. They still emits a charm in them. Happy weekend!

Carver said...

Great set of photographs you took for free on your free walk. I like your take on the theme. Have a great weekend.

Karen said...

I love to walk. And I walk often, though usually on my treadmill while watching a movie. I would love to walk by these old buildings, how cool! My favorite is the fourth one - such an interesting-looking house!

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Hootin' Anni said...

Boy....now I'm upset. To vandalize such beauty is just griping my butt royally. What beauty. If only I were rich...I'd fix 'em up and make them better for everyone.

Walking is indeed a pleasurable 'free'. Great take.


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Lynn said...

Grand houses. I love reading about a history of a building or a house. Looking at these pictures, I wished they were taken cared of very well, especially the first two.

Heather said...

Excellent shots! Perfect choice for this week.

Daisy said...

Ooooh, some of those houses make me feel very scairt inside! They could be haunted.

Sarge Charlie said...

I love your series of photos, shameful what people will do.

Aileni said...

I used to walk past these houses everyday going to and from school. The school was next to Cwmdonkin reservoir - did you know that there was a reservoir?
Whilst I often wish I could FREEly walk around these paces again, I think I'd find that desolation would bring me down rather.
A.

jmb said...

Those are very interesting structures you saw while walking. Ok, tenuous connection to the theme but we don't care.

Lilli & Nevada said...

Those are some really interesting buildings that you have there. I love old architect, too bad that people have to be so destructive.

leslie said...

I love your take on the theme. And those old buildings are so beautiful...the architecture in the UK is so different from ours. Come and see my take - it's different, too. :D Hope your walk was enjoyable.

jams o donnell said...

Great set of photos Siani. I love your take on this week's theme. Happy weekend

A Simple Life said...

Beautiful photos as always. Nice take on the theme too.

I have something for you here
http://mlizcochico.blogspot.com/2008/02/awards-galore.html

Cheers!

mommy's little corner said...

Beautiful houses! I love taking a walk too. Happy hunting!

Dragonstar said...

Great shots Siani, with lovely colours. Enjoy your free walks.

A. said...

Great interpretation! It's a shame that some of those once lovely buildings have been allowed disintegrate like that.

Misty Dawn said...

Great post, my friend!

denz said...

wow! you have a very nice picture and I love the way you put consistency of the picture, indeed that is a great post for this week theme! keep it up!!!

check mine:
PhotoHunt-1
PhotoHunt-2
Have a great Weekend!!!

Andrée said...

I have always admired buildings like that; i hope those that have been vandalized can be fixed up. My PH — Free is here.

Liz said...

They're lovely old buildings and must have housed a number of posh people in the old days!

You brought back memories for me. My mum used to go to the RAF Club when I was little. I think I only went there once, after she died and after I'd graduated for a 'celebration' with my godmother and friends.

Damama T said...

Hi, Siani. I've heard so much about you over at Dragonstar's that I had to pop over to check you out. I was thrilled to see the photos of the buildings. There is just something about old places that warms my heart. Hear in Houston, they have NO reverence for the past, and have torn down so many beautiful old buildings that it makes my heart hurt.

I'll be back when I have more time to explore. ttfn

Michelle Johnson said...

Such character and charm in these old homes. The stone (in the first one) just sets it off. As you can tell, the first one is my favorite. And, the windows in that gray house are great because they look so inviting. I can't believe that people would want to vandalize something so beautiful. But, then everyone isn't sentimental like me either, I guess. Have a nice night. Happy Photo Hunt~

 
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