There’s an Egyptian in here somewhere

Working backwards, I went for a longer walk in the woods at my local farm this morning. Last week, I’d not been able to explore very far due to a barrier across the path but I noticed the rope had been removed this time. And I’m glad it had because I came across a little free library amongst the wild garlic and the bluebells.

There was actually a book that appealed to me to read – and of course I didn’t have any donations to hand but next week this can be remedied. Provided, of course, the barrier hasn’t gone back up again.

Turning now to a completely different environment, a friend and I explored Leeds South Bank last weekend. There are plans to overhaul the area, which has been largely industrial wasteland for at least as long as I’ve lived in Leeds Metropolitan District. Indeed, there is evidence already of this overhaul.

A residential street in what used to be foundry land.
The building to the right appears to be a bar or restaurant. There were however no signs of life in this quarter.
This plaque explains a little of the area’s history. NB Water Lane is where the photo was taken, whilst Middleton is about 3 miles away.

Elsewhere there was building work in progress as well as what appeared to be a random art installation.

So, where is the Egyptian?

The building above was recently sold by Leeds City Council for a pound. It was once a flax mill and in the future may become an artists’ studio. First, it needs some serious work doing to it.

About Helen

I have always been interesting in living a more environmentally friendly lifestyle and used to do what I could. Now, I have come to realise that we have reached such a point in terms of environmental degradation that it is more important - perhaps - to focus on building resilience. I therefore do as much as I can to reuse, grow my own and encourage a supportive community, for example. I also keep reading and learning all the time.
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10 Responses to There’s an Egyptian in here somewhere

  1. It’s always fun discovering a little free library. We have so many in our neighborhoods now, and across the world.

  2. I am always intrigued by the way that areas go down in status, then are rediscovered and become fashionable again only to become shabby and so on in a cycle. I love the idea of a free library!

  3. nanacathy2 says:

    Love your walk around Leeds, so Good to see regeneration.

  4. gaiainaction says:

    Hi Helen, changes happening are always interesting. But what an amazing building in your last photo! I wonder how it would look when it’s repaired and cleaned up.

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