"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Thursday, March 01, 2012


About eighteen months ago, Paddy and I passed these poor, neglected houses quite often on our walks.

They were completely boarded up and the gardens were choked with vegetation but I thought it was a shame that they couldn't be bought and renovated by someone.
Last week, we passed that way again and, look at the difference!
Not finished yet and I'm not enamoured of the pvc window frames and doors but a vast improvement on  their original state and hopefully, new homes for someone.


Anonymous said...

We really like the old street light in the first pic. Looks like it is privately owned and belongs to the house next door. It's a real gem.

cheshire wife said...

It is good to see neglected property brought back to life, but it is a pity that the developers do not pay more attention to detail.

Jennyta said...

Yes, I think you're right, Wendy.
I agree, CW but I imagine this is a 'buy to let' scheme - the idea being simply to make some money!

Yorkshire Pudding said...

It's just like "Homes Under the Hammer". First you get the run down heap and then you see the "after" version. Shame they lost that lovely blue garden gate. It had genuine character.

Shooting Parrots said...

The developer seems to have acquired a lot more land at the front of the houses, or is it an optical ullusion?

Cro Magnon said...

You're right about the white PVC... it really should be outlawed (along with most of their dreadful TV ad's). But I quite expect I've done things to my own home that others would disapprove of.

Jennyta said...

YP I could always ask them if they would bequeath the blue gate to you. ;)
SP, I took the 'after' photo from the lower road. The houses are just past a fork in the road.
Cro, pvc is a bit of a blot on the landscape, but if these are 'buy to let' properties, which I suspect they are, the developer is going to choose the cheapest option, I guess.

Yorkshire Pudding said...

Fork in road? How unladylike!

Jennyta said...

Even more unladylike, YP is that, as I took the later photo, I was standing in dog mess in the grass, which had been kindly left by some dog's moronic owner!


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