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.
A wildflower in the dry grass
People seem to favour large wooden fences.
The tower blocks blocks can look a bit stark at times. Especially when it’s overcast, but I like them.
There are usually good collection services, with recycling.
This garden had a crowd
The emptiness is a feature
Grey and blue is a big theme at the basketball court
Side by side with houses
When the light changes….
Imposing tower block
Rows of cute little houses.
Against a blue sky
The weird fort thing, no on seams to know what it’s for…
The other big field is the one where the courts are. It’s nothing like the large open field and skirts a main road.
I love the dark skies
And it’s orange, blue and grey
The basketball court is surrounded by these blue railings
The fort has a cupboard
There are a lot of lanes too
As are the blocks
The whole place changes…
Large grey seating
The empty parking spaces
Bees in the lavender
Lots of paths going nowhere
One of the wider walkways
I’ve no idea what this is
Lots of narrow little walkways
Lots of big spaces and grass
Light pours down in shafts
Wild flowers grow everywhere
It’s built from metal
People have big fences
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…
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.
This bit is weird
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
They grow by the blocks
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.
Paths between houses
More bees on lavender
The fort from the other side.
The basketball court has been built with urban living in minde, with a very strong construction.
This is where I live
The old willow tree by the basketball courts where someone once lit a fire, and hollowed out the trunk.
And what it’s used for
Every estate has one, and Druids Heath is no different. The substation is just across from the school.
Lots of enclosed always
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…
Weird little features.
The court looks great in sun
The basketball courts, which are sadly underused.
Groups of houses and blocks
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.
They have hanging plants
There is a lot of open space
Open fields between blocks
All the blocks are basically laid out in a row, like dominoes with small houses in the gaps.
Rubbish left on the curb
Tower blocks are grouped with houses.
A broken widow
Even in the urban areas there are still a lot of wildflowers.