I’ve looked at clouds from both sides now
From up and down and still somehow
It’s cloud’s illusions I recall
I really don’t know clouds at all…
~ Joni Mitchell
Before being re-erected at Bodnant in the 1930’s, the building was originally put together in 1730 as a picnic house or shooting lodge, or it is thought it may have been used as a garden house. Later, the building was used as a factory for making dressmaking pins with two furnaces for that purpose inside the building.
Continuing with my Barcelona posts, I couldn’t help but notice this rather grand house in the Pedralbes district, up by the monastery. Obviously from the Modernista period, with ornate iron-work, coloured tiling, a roof terrace with a pretty stone balustrade and windows picked out in contrasting brickwork. It is however, sadly derelict with balconies rusting and floorless, graceful windows with broken shutters and bricked up openings, which keeps the house secure from squatters and seems to be the norm on mainland Europe, whereas we simply board them up.
A grand house once (or maybe two apartments) I hope that one day whatever is preventing its sale or restoration is resolved as it would be a shame for it to deteriorate further, and one only has to imagine what beauties possibly lie inside.
Please visit Paula to see other representations of this week’s challenge.
The street market in Barcelona, close to the cathedral, was buzzing with mid-afternoon crowds. Fairy lights and coloured balloons created a party atmosphere and the throb of the Barcelona street drummers, the whistles and cheers of the crowd, all added to the ambience. You could hear and smell this place before you arrived.
But let’s get down to the food:
naughty chocolates and pretty macarons (though I have to confess to never having tasted one)
tempting offerings from the sea, wrapped in newsprint
and busy, busy stall-holders serving out their goods
We came across the food market accidentally, but so glad we did! There is nothing better than a good surprise.