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Like most motorists passing Ballymascanlon village I rarely give it a second glance. But today, the autumn colours of a
Virginia creeper caught my eye. The village has been deserted for many years now, although I remember it having a shop and a post office when I was a child. The houses are all empty and nature is taking her course despite the efforts of the gardeners from the hotel to which the little row of houses now belongs.
Although the houses would be judged to be too small by today's standards, it's sad to see the village fall into decay. We don't, unfortunately, have a National Trust to save such old properties. Over the years many old farm houses have been abandoned or knocked down to make way for bigger homes. During the boom years of the Celtic Tiger, which was largely driven by the construction industry, the trend was for big 'Mac Mansions', resulting in huge detached houses springing up in the countryside with little regard to how they fitted into their surroundings. People gave little thought to how they would heat or clean these houses, never mind how they would pay the mortgage when things weren't so good. Now the 'for sale' signs are going up outside many of these houses. How much longer will it be before the share the fate of the village?

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David Bannister15-Apr-2010 10:02
Lovely quality of light. V!
Marisa D.L.01-Oct-2009 17:57
Excellent composition and great technical quality. This photo has a personal touch in your choice to leave an empty space in the middle. I really like it.
It gives me good feelings.
As a contrast, the story of the village is deeply melancholy and your way to express it is thought provoking.
globalgadabout22-Sep-2009 14:44
a colourful image and a touching tale...V
Ali Majdfar22-Sep-2009 14:00
Splendid! ~V
Neal Nye22-Sep-2009 11:27
It's funny how things can seem so permanent, but nothing really is. This is a wonderful choice of detail, and an encouraging reminder of how nature takes advantage of every opportunity.
January Grey22-Sep-2009 04:46
Sad story, but such a lovely capture, Mairead. The colorful foliage gives new life to the old & abandoned. V~
laine22-Sep-2009 00:30
No National sad. I hate seeing history passing away.
Máire Uí Mhaicín21-Sep-2009 22:35
Nature's colours melding in beautifully to the underlying paint, and it's clear that Nature has the upper hand here. A fine and very poignant capture.
lisamidi21-Sep-2009 22:32
Lovely autumn colours and a beautiful find of this door and letterbox fitting with them. v
Phillip Normanton21-Sep-2009 22:13
Super shot with the autumnal leaves sinking into the fading paint... could even be a commentary on our postal strike :o)
Valene21-Sep-2009 20:20
Beautiful autumn colors and wonderful composition. V
Peter Sussex21-Sep-2009 20:15
Not easy for the postman to find it:) Awesome beauty you've captured.
Betty Vlasiu21-Sep-2009 19:50
Splendid photo. Wonderful detail. v
Keith O'Brien21-Sep-2009 19:43
Nice one! V
Kevin Chester21-Sep-2009 19:43
There always the first to turn red, great shot V
Cathryn Gallacher21-Sep-2009 19:31
Lovely capture!
Johnny JAG21-Sep-2009 19:26
This is just lovely Mairead, so glad you stopped.
Nicki Thurgar21-Sep-2009 19:20
How terribly sad... these things should be documented and good to see that you have done so. I will miss my red creeper that hung all around my garden fence back in Kent!
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