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Bricking it!

I don’t know what’s so fascinating about things that are old and abandoned but there certainly is something!

It’s a complete adrenaline rush and a wave of different emotions, from the planning all the way to the ride home in the car. Urban Exploring has definitely become one of my favourite things to do!

This amazing find is an old abandoned brickworks called Allen Brickworks in Hipperholme.

Google maps however turned this into a complete adventure! Basically it took us the wrong long way around down some epic dirt paths resulting in us having to make friends with a random stone yard owner to be able to abandon the adventure wagon and commence foot patrol to our destination!

As long as you don’t mind hills this is a beautiful walk down into the bottom of the valley. It is possible to drive down closer but I wouldn’t advise it in anything other than a purpose built monster truck or a vehicle of that description!

We didn’t really know what to expect to be honest, but we certainly didn’t account for what we found, the place is massive! We were there for a couple of hours at least. There’s so many out buildings and building blocks to go in.

If you like street art this is the place of all places to see it! It’s literally the paradise of street art and design, Nearly every wall every floor, roof and brick is covered. The contrast is amazing the old bricks and buildings with their run down appearance are given a vibrant new look. The floors are littered with empty spray cans of all ages.

It’s always quite nerve-wracking exploring around derelict sites you just don’t know what to expect or who! We bumped into “people” for the first time ever and believe you and me it’s a bit scary at first. You don’t know why their here you hope there equally as adventurous as you are but due to the nature of the places there’s a chance some of the people might be up to “no good” luckily everyone we met were cool! A group of street artists looked as frightened to see us as we did them at first. There was also a couple the same as us exploring around taking pictures and then finally a group of younger people out with their pet dog.

There was so much to see but some of the buildings are just empty rooms due to a lot of the fixtures and original fittings being destroyed over time.

This place was brilliant but due to the sheer size of it, it would be impossible to upload and share everything with you all at once so stay tuned for part too with loads more photos as we adventure around as well as the people we met and the history behind the place.

Well that’s enough jabbering now for this one the pictures say it all! This is literally an adult adventure playground!

Happy Reading! 

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People watching at Salts Mill and not in a creepy way!

People are fascinating creatures. Each one completely different from another. There’s never a better opportunity to see going about their business than in a busy setting. So with that said and armed with the camera a trip to the beautiful and historic Salts Mill in Saltaire.

Salts mill used to be a textiles mill but is now used as an art gallery, with places to eat and shop. It was built way back in 1853 by Sir Titus Salt. (side note, if you have never heard of this guy look him up!) When the mill was built it was the largest industrial building in the world! This was calculated by the total floor area, and quite rightly because its massive. The mill its self is situated in the heart of Saltaire and closed its doors as a textile mill in 1986.

Saltaire is a world heritage site, its beautiful, walking around is picturesque and perfectly reserved in its Victorian glory. All the houses and buildings are bursting with character from the Victorian period, hence why the site is so heavily protected. All the houses were built by Sir Titus Salt for his mill workers and staff. The houses are still being lived in today.

The day we decided to adventure here was the weekend that Roberts Park were hosting the Dragon Boat Racing event, so it was heaving around the area, as well as the blistering sunshine that had spontaneously come out to play.

Salts Mills art gallery houses several large rooms to display the very talented Bradford born artist David Hockney.

On the ground floor is my personal favourite part of the mill, the art shop. A beautiful period room renovated beautifully displaying art work, statues and ornaments as well as art and craft supplies and books all devoted to creative minds. The atmosphere is so calm and quiet, and it smells beautiful, floral and fresh.

This lady trying to decide which craft book to buy.
Look at this lady, I wonder what masterpiece she’s off to create.
This women had me mesmerised, so classy.

Around the room colours are everywhere, they stand out beautifully against the dark surroundings. The solid table benches used to display all of the shops items dominate the room. This creates a very old meets modern contrast which works perfectly. I could stay in here for hours.

I love the reflection of the windows in the glass
Gorgeous Artwork Lines the stone walls
the tall window arches create amazing light patches around the room
so many colours and details compliment the artwork behind
Look at the detail and craftmanship in these!

Out of all the pieces around the room my favourite had to be this elderly lady her face really tells a picture, their life in her eyes, history in her face. The way the artist has captured how she olds the saucer reminds me of how my own Nan used to. The longer I looked at it I couldn’t help thinking that’s someone’s grandmas.

My Favourite Piece

Looking around the mill other parts of the structure and decor caught my eye.

Ceiling and Beam

Victorian school desk, I wonder how many children used this

After a look round at the separate parts of the mill it was time to leave but before I did I managed to get a cheeky snap of the Man Himself!

Sir Titus Salt

Sir Titus Salt

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Welcome fellow adventurous Geocacher’s

“Have you ever heard of Geocaching?”

Is roughly how the conversation started between me and my “explorer” friend.

“Geo what now?” 

Yep this is me replying in my very Yorkshire accent, needless to say my answer was “no”.

So after a brief run through of the general gist i was no longer a “muggle” about the whole thing!

For anyone like me that was completely in the dark or who has accidentally  stumbled across my blog in a series of consecutive clicks because your trying to find out who’s designer outfit Kim K’s wearing in today’s newspaper….

Geocaching is an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called “geocaches” or “caches”, anywhere in the world.”                                            

What on earth is this Geocaching?

What I heard was “Treasure Hunting” as every mature 28 year old would! The adventurous child in me was doing cartwheels with excitement!

So here’s us at Kirkstall Abbey having a random Saturday afternoon adventure wandering around the ruins, if you’ve never been get yourselves on over there, it’s a sunny spring afternoon and it’s hard to believe something so beautiful is technically just on the door step.

So before I know it I’m 3 months into a premium subscription, following a compass and counting down the metres to my first Cache!

I can’t believe how many geo caches there are just hiding right near me, unbeknown to anyone else who isn’t a geocacher, literally fire up the app to a sea of green and blue dots indicating the directions to somebody’s hidden treasure left for others to find.

After twenty minutes of clue following, climbing banks and digging around random trees following clues left by others before us the excitement was building all three of us hunting around trying to think out side of the box as to where it could be. A “Nano” cache is what we were looking for, I had no idea just how small this thing was here’s me looking for a giant wooden treasure chest you know the type one that wouldn’t look out of place on the set of Pirates of the Carribean!

I must mention the “muggles” we encountered, muggles is the term given to “none magic folk” only joking its what Geocacher’s call the clueless members of the public like I was that don’t have a clue what Geocaching is, so as you can imagine three people hunting around the woodland searching in the mud and the trees can look a little strange to passers by! There was a few random looks to say the least. In all fairness we probably looked completely mental to anyone else especially as my “explorer” friend is reading out clues and co-ordinates while we’re excited digging in the mud and pulling thorns out of our hair!

We finally found the cache and when I say tiny I mean tiny! A small magnetic container with a screw top, I felt like Christopher Columbas!

Opening up the cache and revealing a tiny scroll of paper or the technical term “the log” rolled up with precision, carefully unwinding it and straightening it out it’s clear to see this isn’t something that my “explorer” friend has just invented there was loads of other people’s usernames and dates written! Excitedly we all added ours to the list and returned the cache back, being very carefully not to arouse the suspicions of passing muggle folk!

So here it is my first ever Geocaching treasure adventure and cache find.

What amazes me is the amount of people who walk passed everyday and never know its there, it’s like a giant secret game within a community of people involved.

I’ve never had so much fun but it’s addictive…

So as this post comes to an end the adventure continues I mean after all there’s so many more to find!

So settle in with a nice cup of tea and a couple of biscuits and get ready to enjoy the adventures to come.

Happy Reading