Week #9 2020 Photo Challenge

I took this shot while roaming the forest in search of edible mushrooms. The old abandoned house untouched for decades was covered with abundant vegetation. I had noticed a few squared stones poking through the greenery, and as a crept closer, the door was half ajar inviting me to enter. I had to go in, I couldn’t resist.

I always liked creepy places. Old buildings, caves, and secret passages in ancient castles that may conceal secrets. Italy has an abundance of places to discover. So, as I stood on the threshold, I wondered how it was way back then to live without central heating and living in the middle of nowhere. Then I noticed the steep stairs that led to the basement. I went down the stone staircase. The basement floor was covered with cobblestones, and in a corner, there lay a stone trough. What kind of animals did they breed at the time? A vehicle couldn’t reach the home. Did they use donkeys, did they go on foot?

Tell me – are you an adventurous person, do you like discovering secrets and ancient cultures?

Let me know in the comments if you have time. I’ll make it easy for you. A, B, or C?

A – adventurous

B – scary cat

C – other

Per gli Italiani:

2020 – Sfida di fotografia settimanale. Tema: Qualcosa di vecchio.

Scattai questa foto mentre ero a caccia di funghi porcini. Mentre mi inoltrai nella fitta foresta scorse delle pietre squadrate che spuntavano tra la vegetazione. Era sicuramente una casa abbandonata da decenni. Mi avvicino, curiosa come sono e la porta d’ingresso era aperta invitandomi ad entrare. Non poté resistere, entrai.

Mi sono sempre piaciuti luoghi misteriosi, tipo vecchi edifici, caverne e passaggi segreti negli antichi castelli che abbondano in Italia. Mi fermai sulla soglia e mi chiesi come vivessero la gente all’epoca senza riscaldamento e nel bel mezzo del nulla. Poi vidi delle scale in pietra che portavano all’piano inferiore. Scesi le scale e trovai un bellissimo pavimento di ciottoli e nell’angolo una mangiatoia in pietra. Quali animali allevavano all’epoca? E quali mezzi utilizzarono per raggiungere la casa? Forse dei muli, oppure andavano a piedi?

Ditemi – siete avventurosi, vi piace scoprire dei segreti e culture antiche?

Lasciate un commento se ne avete il tempo. Anzi, ve lo rendo più facile rispondere, A, B oppure C?

A – avventurosi

B – fifoni

C – altro

Author: eleanorannpeterson

As a child, I spent my summer holidays by the swamp catching tadpoles and other creepy critters or running after wild animals. I wanted to become a veterinarian when I grew up. But destiny turned my life around - I moved to Italy, where I obtained my BS in Environmental Sciences and Territorial Management. When not working in our family-run business, I write, read, play with clay, doodle, and go on scavenger hunts in the woods, followed by my six cats.

5 thoughts

  1. I share your love of old buildings. BUT I might have wanted a friend to go with me down the stairs. 🙂 Love the fireplace!

    1. I’m very brave, although I wasn’t sure if the floor would hold my weight. Being abandoned for so long I was careful to walk along the walls just in case it caved in. I know I’m crazy at times.

        1. I’m very adventurous, do follow me I would love to show you around. Sorry for the late reply Angie.

  2. I love old buildings! And ones that have been neglected and “lost in time” are a fascination to me. But I’m not sure I would call myself an adventurous person. IF I think it’s safe, I will go. It helps if I have another brave soul with me!

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