Yesterday I posted some photographs of the fields and natural life on the estate. Today I’d like to show you the other side of Druids Heath housing estate, the urban side.
I’ve always found a strange beauty in places like this, probably because I grew up in cities. I like the structures, and I find tower blocks often have a simplistic beauty. At times they are both scarred and vacuous, and still manage to look majestic. They are a strange mix of the desolate and elegant.
Anyway, here’s part two of life on the Druids Heath housing estate, I hope that you enjoy my work. If you do, or even if you don’t, please feel free to leave a comment telling me what you thought.
Wild flowers grow everywhere
It’s built from metal
Imposing tower block
When I first moved here I couldn’t get enough of the thing. I took thousands of photographs that I have since lost, but hopefully you can see why…
Lots of narrow little walkways
I’ve no idea what this is
Against a blue sky
Weird little features.
The basketball court has been built with urban living in minde, with a very strong construction.
A broken widow
Large grey seating
They have hanging plants
Even in the urban areas there are still a lot of wildflowers.
The tower blocks blocks can look a bit stark at times. Especially when it’s overcast, but I like them.
Lots of big spaces and grass
The fort from the other side.
There are a lot of lanes too
There are seats for spectators to any sports that might happen on the courts, but not much actually does, certainly nothing that would require watching. There not really used all that much.
This is where I live
People have big fences
The other big field is the one where the courts are. It’s nothing like the large open field and skirts a main road.
One of the wider walkways
All the blocks are basically laid out in a row, like dominoes with small houses in the gaps.
Bees in the lavender
More bees on lavender
And what it’s used for
Lots of paths going nowhere
This garden had a crowd
As are the blocks
Rubbish left on the curb
The old willow tree by the basketball courts where someone once lit a fire, and hollowed out the trunk.
Lots of enclosed always
This bit is weird
The basketball court is surrounded by these blue railings
The whole place changes…
Light pours down in shafts
Paths between houses
View from the weird fort looking at the block. It has a little observation deck that you can stand on, but it is sometimes used by junkies, so not a great idea.
Rows of cute little houses.
Like all housing estates ball games are prohibited. Those signs make me laugh, I’ve never seen anyone actually take any notice of them, and people round hear just chuck stones if they don’t like someone anyway…
Every estate has one, and Druids Heath is no different. The substation is just across from the school.
The basketball courts, which are sadly underused.
Side by side with houses
There are usually good collection services, with recycling.
Open fields between blocks
There is a lot of open space
The fort has a cupboard
Groups of houses and blocks
The court looks great in sun
People seem to favour large wooden fences.
And it’s orange, blue and grey
The empty parking spaces
A lot of the plants in the smaller filed with the court are actually from people’s gardens where seeds have blown out into the wild.
They grow by the blocks
Tower blocks are grouped with houses.
The emptiness is a feature
A wildflower in the dry grass
I love the dark skies
All the blocks have balconies, but they are usually filled with pigeons because the council refuse to do anything about it. They will get rid of cockroaches, but not pigeons because they are not classed as a health hazard
Grey and blue is a big theme at the basketball court
The weird fort thing, no on seams to know what it’s for…
When the light changes….