Bricked-Up Beauty!

While walking along a quiet side-street in Inverness yesterday I found this open-air room sitting immediately behind a building that appeared still to be in use at the front – but this long-disused room now has no roof, only two full walls standing, a third wall partially in place and the external wall on the street removed entirely. The rotting floor joists are still in situ but with only a few wooden floorboards left in place, and on the main retaining wall there is an oddly-bricked-up fireplace and internal door to nowhere.

Weirdly enough it appears that it’s not that the building itself is falling down, more that this now-external room seems to have been deliberately cut off from whatever is on the other side of its party wall, with the roof and street wall being fully removed leaving it all open to the elements. So it sits all vulnerable and exposed with its inside now outside, left being neither one thing nor the other. And I’ve never seen a door bricked up with the bricks lying on their side instead of being laid flat – how strange!

So sadly this week’s Thursday Door is no longer even a proper door – I can’t help but wonder what story lies behind this abandoned unloved space? Maybe this would be a good door for me to use for next week’s brand new Thursday Door Writing Challenge… 🙂

Seeing Red

Instead of my usual lockdown walk of along the canal with its same old, same old repertoire (however lovely) of water, sky, footpath, boats I decided today to walk towards town to see what I could find to photograph that was a bit different from my usual offering of flowers and landscapes.

The first thing that caught my eye was peeling red paint low down on a wall, so I decided to carry on in the same vein and look for the colour red on old buildings. And as a bonus, two of my favourite images are actually back access doors of business premises, so I can even manage a hot-off-the-press, on time Thursday Doors post this week – hooray! 🙂

Corner Shops Big and Small

The Victorians seem to have been big on building local corner shops into the fabric of their terraced housing, where the entrance is set into the cut-off corner itself, on a diagonal to the rest of the walls – we actually live in a flat where the original building was once a Victorian corner shop plus accommodation (converted to three individual flats in the 1980’s) 🙂

Urban Transport

Nancy’s Photo a Week Challenge this week has the theme of ‘urban’ – and for me, London’s Underground trains are as urban as you get. Luckily for me I found myself travelling out of town aganst the rush-hour traffic last Thursday morning, flowing outwards towards freedom instead of funneling myself with fathomless futility into the crushing confines of the train carriage. Anyway, to my surprise and delight I managed to capture some reasonably clear-of-commuters-playing-sardines shots on my smartphone, from both outside and inside of a tube train 🙂