Photobucket - Video and Image Hosting
Skye went back (going boldly forth) and took pictures of the abandoned trains. Turns out they weren't all abandoned but just looked that way. This is my favourite. The others are on her PhotoBucket account. I wish she'd join Flickr with me. :)
Lonely Tree Originally uploaded by Olly C.
Gives a less than glowing impression of Christmas doesn't it? What does happen to all those real trees which are cut down and dumped out? I have a fake tree and I'm proud!
More abandoned Christmas trees. A Flickr group for Discarded Christmas Tree photos.
Whenever I walk to Suffern along the Erie track
I go by a poor old farmhouse with its shingles broken and black.
I suppose I've passed it a hundred times, but I always stop for a minute
And look at the house, the tragic house, the house with nobody in it.

I never have seen a haunted house, but I hear there are such things;
That they hold the talk of spirits, their mirth and sorrowings,
I know this house isn't haunted, and I wish it were, I do;
For it wouldn't be so lonely if it had a ghost or two.

This house on the road to Suffern needs a dozen panes of glass,
And somebody ought to weed the walk and take a scythe to the grass.
It needs new paint and shingles, and the vines should be trimmed and tied;
But what it needs the most of all is some people living inside.

If I had a lot of money and all my debts were paid,
I'd put a gang of men to work with brush and saw and spade.
I'd buy that place and fix it up the way it used to be
And I'd find some people who wanted a home and give to them free.

Now, a new house standing empty, with staring window and door,
Looks idle, perhaps, and foolish, like a hat on its block in the store;
But there's nothing mournful about it; it cannot be sad and lone
For lack of something within it that it has never known.

But a house that has done what a house should do, a house that has sheltered life,
That has put its loving wooden arms around a man and his wife,
A house that has echoed a baby's laugh, and held up his stumbling feet,
Is the saddest sight, when it's left alone, that ever your eyes could meet.

So whenever I go to Suffern along the Erie track,
I never go by the empty house without stopping and looking back,
Yet it hurts me to look at a crumbling roof and the shutters fallen apart,
For I can't help thinking the poor old house is a house with a broken heart.

-Joyce Kilmer

A friend sent this link to a site about the City Hall. It had this really nice picture included.



I found these while looking for something else. The site was Collections Canada.



These were taken from the 8th floor CityView restaurant of the Hudson's Bay store. Across the street from the Old City Hall. I really think that dragonfly (or bee) is neat. I meant to get more from ground level but didn't end up going that way.
Have a look at Skye's photos of an abandoned place. It's an interesting shape for a barn. Not the standard kind of hay barn we see up here all over. One half of it seems to have tumbled down and another part of it looks like a modern house, just needs a little cleaning to be livable.