The Holiday Gazette:

Halloween is tied for being my favourite holiday. Even though it's still September my mind is on ghosts, ghouls and goblins. Mostly haunted houses.

I guess that goes along with my interest in urban exploration which is having a look at abandoned buildings. I've taken a few photographs of two abandoned houses in my area. I didn't dare to go inside without having someone else around. Just in case I had an accident. I don't have a cell phone to call and let anyone know where I was. Assuming they could find the out of the way and off the beaten path location.

What is the attraction to an old wreck? I really don't have a good answer. Maybe it's the mystery or the loneliness of the place. A version of that cheer for the underdog thing. An abandoned house can't get much more underdog.

My nephew called them "wrecky rat bird" when he was a little boy. We had been telling him about an abandoned paint factory we saw on a road trip. He must have clicked on the idea of it being a dwelling for rats and birds cause that was what he began calling all the ruined places we saw on that trip and afterwards. It's stuck too, I still call them that when I'm talking about them. Even though no one else knows where the term came from it's not so hard to figure out.

Hope you are having a few little tremours of Halloween, even though it's not October yet.