DERI ODWYN, Ceredigion 2009

DERI ODWYN, Llwynpiod, Near Tregaron, Ceredigion 2009
Notes on DERI ODWYN, Ceredigion 2009

A large L-shaped farmstead laying about a mile from the cottage where I lived when I first moved to Wales with my parents in 1982 – I can see my first home from across the valley. Deri Odwyn is a long, mostly roofless house that has been left empty for decades and sits with its rear beside the road from Tyncelyn to Stag’s Head.

The forecast had been predicted as wet but I woke in the morning to find the sun peering through the grey clouds, I decided to go out and take some photographs. The early morning sun had a warm coloured hue, it shone upon the windows of the house and seemed to give this ruined house a savaged but ethereal feel. I made a few exposures before a dark heavy shower blanketed the valley opposite and made its way in my direction. Cows shifted foot to foot in a large modern cow shed beside the house and dogs barked constantly during my visit and watched me from a distance; not particularly bothered by my whereabouts but neither allowing me to be totally despondent to them. After 20 minutes I had packed up my camera and walked back to the car.

As much of this house is roofless one can imagine that it will slowly but surely tumble. The roofed part is inaccessible, the windows and doors intact and locked. Perhaps signs of the last tenants remain but the windows were opaque with cobwebs and dirt. Perhaps best to leave this house, its history and its charms, to decay with the passage of time.
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BEUDIAU, Ceredigion 2009

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