Other Stuff 

Bangers Belgique

Retro-cars, in an antique garage setup, set inside a disused mining building……what was there not to like?!

Adding in the medical room with x-rays and patient files, was the cherry on the cake.

Really liked this place. It was the perfect size, with the perfect amount of things to see to make for a very enjoyable visit. Interesting seeing the battery charging racks. Hidden in the basement section was a decent selection of old cars. One area had a heap of respirators….not sure what the story was here? A relic from the mining past or WW2 memorabilia?

Flytipper’s Paradise

I spotted this one on the news this week. Whilst there was general disgust at this industrial level of fly-tipping, I was quietly excited and dusting off my camera. It was a lovely combo of vibrant street paint and heaps of bizarre relics. The graf along the canal highlighted I was near on my walk to this place.There were a bunch of rather beaten up cars that I separated from by a maze of rivulets. I plan to go back with a better route of access or my wading boots to get a bit closer to them. Was a lovely Saturday afternoon stroll.

Flytipper’s Cars

A trip back to specifically look at the cars

Ashes In The Joyriders Quarry

A beautiful peaceful quarry littered with burnt out relics from joyriders antics. The whole place was one big fun track. All the time I was there, there was a drone of over revved engines, yet I never actually saw anyone – was very weird.

Meat, Fish & Dogs

Something different to dereliction and graffitti for a change. Had the pleasure of just wandering through the normal backstreets of Bangladesh. This was my morning routine for a few hours each day for a week and I always saw something new and interesting on every outing. Here I concentrate on the organic stuff. Did I feel voyeuristic takning these photos that may be less savoury for some? Yes, a little…but I was also constantly thinking about how food production is so sterile and hidden in the west. Here it is gritty and honest. The Bengalis are adorable and were very happy to let me take photos of their wares and skills. The chicken slaughterer/skinner was particularly talented at what he does. He deftly and swiftly put the chicken out of it’s misery and then skinned it with his bare hands. He managed this keeping his crisp tidy clothes completly blemish free throughout. Lord only knows what we would end up looking like if we tried it.

Arty Burnt Out Garden Centre

Dull structure but some nice art pieces

Pickler’s Shed

Was visiting the old man and went to see his plot. I noticed a very overgrown strip with a rather ramshackle shed falling to bits. I asked, and it seemed the old man had died at Xmas and so it had all started going to seed.
I thought I’d have a poke around and found a back entrance behind the bushes into the shed.
I wasn’t really expecting these pickled items. Anyhow, these photos made a nice juxtaposition to the photos of gooseberry bushes, and apple trees.

Beachy Head Memorial Flowers

An interesting stroll

Tribute To The Dead Birds

There are a number of ingredients that make a good site to explore-

Decay

Peeling paint

Artifacts

Graffiti

Fire Damage

Mold and fungi

An old car or two

and finally – dead birds

These little critters are found in most of these places and come in various varieties and states of decay.

I remember one place having a large room full of the complete lifecycle of pigeons-completely mummified ones on the floor, some flapping around in the last throws of life and chicks high up in the rafters in nests. It was an incredible place.

Here are a few I have gathered over the years with a few mammals thrown in to break it up a bit.

Miscellaneous Decay

Just random oddments I found here and there

Beautiful Charleroi

This wonderful city was playground for me for 2 days.

Beautiful industry and decay on every street corner.

The place felt backwards….like a British northern city stuck int he 80’s.

New York Sights

Just a few things I saw around this fab city including a few buildings I was too chicken to enter

General Urban Beauty

Not derelict, but urban

Beautiful Brentford

Most local grimey spot to me with a real city feel

Canalside Beauties

General destruction and city life along a nice part of the river

Another Burnt Out Garden Centre

How many of these are there around?!

Stumbled on this one whilst out looking at another site.

Looked nice, the charred wood against the lovely sunny day.

Bedfont Estate Under The Planes

This was the dump I spent my afternoon in today.

Bedfont Court Estate was built after world war 1 by middlesex county council. Each of the small houses were built with a small piece of land for farming.
In 2001, due to M25 widening, Heathrow T5, and the digging up of gravel, the area was emptied by compulsory purchase.

Today there is about 10 houses. Each are in a pretty bad state but still have old nicknacks and furniture inside.
The area is quite charming and feels rural, other than the heavy planes grinding overhead.
At the end of the estate sits Martinoil Ltd, a derelict oil disposal and recycling unit.

All pretty done in, but ticked my boxes of closeness and ease. And it was a nice mix of residential/industrial/farming.

I talked to a local on the way out. The last to leave was the granny in number 14. She was stubborn to the end. She was a fond musician despite the noise from the sky and it was in her house that I found the piano.

On the road outside the road of interest was this nice beaten up van.