Abandoned in Rockdale

Abandoned in RockdaleWe spotted this abandoned house on the way back home from a quick delivery trip to Johnson City.

 

Abandoned in RockdaleI glimpsed the house as we drove through Rockdale. We made the block to check it out.

 

Abandoned in RockdaleAs I always seem to do, I wondered why anyone would let such a beautiful house fall into disrepair.    Perhaps a job loss, illness, a death in the family . . . all plausible explanations.

Abandoned in RockdaleMaybe its massive size contributed to the decision.

 

Abandoned in RockdaleThe old house sits on a large lot that is almost completely overgrown with vines and weeds.

No great surprise there – I’ve rarely seen an abandoned house with a well-kept yard.

 

Abandoned in RockdaleIn some places, the brick was barely visible.

 

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Abandoned in RockdaleStill, there was so much beauty to behold.  This wrought iron gate caught my eye.

Maybe you might know someone in Texas who might like to save this old gem?

 

Abandoned in RockdaleAs we were driving away, we spotted this little house next door, also abandoned.

 

Abandoned in RockdaleIt was poorly constructed, but had a patchwork collection of stained glass windows at the front of the house.

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Friday Favorites #31

Friday Favorites #31 {Living Vintage}

Mark and I have been completing various projects around the house.  Hoping I can find the time this weekend to take some photos and write for a bit this weekend.

What do you have planned for this first weekend in September?

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a motivational message for trying times - one of 8 picks for this week's Friday Favorites - Living VintageI agree with this message.

 

a beautiful photo of a fairground - one of 8 picks for this week's Friday Favorites - Living VintageI love this fairground photo, although I still remember one scary ride when I was a kid.

 

a pastoral scene - one of 8 picks for this week's Friday Favorites - Living VintageAm I odd to say that seeing cows grazing in a field is incredibly calming to me?

 

another sewing idea (a slipcovered coffee table) - one of 8 picks for this week's Friday Favorites - Living VintageA coffee sack slipcover on a coffee table.  Love it! Definitely an idea I’ll replicate one day.

 

a fascinating vintage photo of windmills for sale - one of 8 picks for this week's Friday Favorites - Living VintageThis photo of windmills for sale at the World Fair in St. Louis gets my vote for the best vintage photo of farm equipment.  Ever.

 

beautiful curb appeal - one of 8 picks for this week's Friday Favorites - Living VintageSo many things to love about this photo:  the rock work, the stone and grass steps, the porch . . . all combined to create beautiful curb appeal.

 

a neat idea to turn vintage letters into lighting - one of 8 picks for this week's Friday Favorites - Living VintageOld letters transformed into lighting = a neat idea!

 

the chickens are bigger than the house - one of 8 picks for this week's Friday FavoritesChickens bigger than houses!

(Love the perspective.)

 

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