Weekly Photo Challenge – Abandoned III

Next door to the abandoned green house which featured in the post Abandoned II, was a single storey building with both windows boarded up. The house was a dull pebble dash with a grey roof that hardly stood out or would attract the attention of a camera. Except the door that is.

The wooden door was a mosaic of different colours, as layers of paint revealed varying colours before the wood could be seen below. So to the door I was attracted, a smashed central pane underlining the abandoned nature of the building. As I looked through this opening, the light coming through the back door opposite was almost blinding.

A couple of minutes of adjustment and I just stood with mouth agape. A suit jacket covered in cobwebs hung on the wall, rusted shears lay at the foot of a hall stand, a crate with one old milk bottle and, incongruously, a plastic water bottle stood on the floor. The one wall of the hall bore all the accoutrements of an old Irish catholic home, including a prayer.

For those interested, the prayer on the wall is as follows:

Β Fisherman’s Prayer

God grant that I may live to fish

Until my dying day.

And when it comes to my last cast,

I then most humbly pray,

When in the Lord’s safe landing net

I’m peacefully asleep,

That in his mercy I be judged

As big enough to keep.

Just to underline, all the photos for the Abandoned Challenge were taken on the one day, Saturday 1st March – St David’s Day, the national day of Wales. I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed my discovery.

54 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge – Abandoned III

  1. Tragically, beautiful. You must have felt almost like an interloper – to our great advantage! The stories that could be created out of these images…


  2. Impressive!!!!! Astonishing!!!!! My dear J. I really loved it too, too much. I’ll not get tired to say – I get lack of words at the moment to comment back any post of yours!!!! Admirable


  3. Many seem to have enjoyed as much as I do! This fantastic. I love to see I’m not the only one that can truly appreciate beauty in what may perceive as decrepit, broken & forgotten.


  4. A real feeling of poignancy stepping inside here MM I can imagine .
    I just love the decrepit peeling painted door and the suit of cobwebs .


  5. Wow…the prayer and the photos are just perfect. I can only imagine how it felt to find this. As if the people had somehow just recently been there. Amazing!!


    1. Obviously I was very constrained with light for internal shots – all I could do was peep through the broken pane. Will be posting a separate door photo as I liked it so much! πŸ˜ƒ


      1. I’d like a shot at that door with the peeling green paint in today’s post. However, you said you had another one to post. Is it a full-on image? Also…she nagged/begged…the image in previous post of roof slates missing…I commented on it had great abstract qualities. So…let me take another look at Slipped Slates. (Afraid I may have “deleted” that post and no longer have the image on my computer. Shame on me.) And…yes…can wait until you get back to confer.
        Thanks so much. You are, indeed, My Officer and Gentleman for Today! Travel safe. RR


  6. Hmm – the link doesn’t appear to have worked – the exhibition was titled “Leaving Home – an alternative view of the Hebrides”. I think you’ll love their photographs! A~


  7. Very evocative and poignant, Mick. You might be interested to see the work of John Maher and Ian Paterson, who had their powerful photographs of abandoned crofthouses on the Outer Hebrides exhibited in Stornoway a couple of months ago. Here’s a link to the site:


      1. I’m wondering if maybe wordpress doesn’t allow links to be posted in comments… if you search for the names/title, you should find it! πŸ™‚


  8. Your amazing photos and the prayer have fired my imagination; was it the home of a fisherman, who simply didn’t return? That is the first and most obvious answer but there are more murky thoughts lurking beneath my skin. Another great post,


    1. It could be, an inlet from the sea is round the back. My guess is that the elderly occupants died and the family are still being traced or family disagreement has led to the place being in a state of suspense. Thanks for the kind comments, MM πŸ€


  9. What a great find, MM. I almost wondered if squatters had been living there (re the suit etc).
    One of the best series representing ‘abandoned’ I’ve seen.

    Gotta love that door.


    1. I am pretty sure that this is not a place of squatters. All the clothes (house coat, suit) and paraphernalia are those of old people. I would say that the occupants died and there has been an issue either finding family relatives or more likely disagreement amongst relatives on what to do with the property. Time has therefore stood still within these walls.

      As for the door, I have saved another shot for a separate post as I loved it! Cheers Vicki hope all is good with yourself, MM πŸ€


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