2009-02-16

WWC: "Z" (zed) & Abandoned

Tuesdays mean it is time for the Weekly Word Challenge. This week we are exploring the letter "Zed" and the word "abandoned". Yes, here in Canada, we say zed, not zee.




Yep, that is a Zebra in behind all that chain link, from our trip to the Zoo last fall.













There is a store in Canada called Zellers, but the one time I was there this week, my batteries died on my camera, we have to make do though. Title from a magazine article.





Um, I don't know where these came from ;)











Oh, look at all the Zeds!



















People abandon things in the suites here all of the time. This was left behind......















... because of this big crack I suppose. It isn't really my taste, but it fits my budget and the rest of my décor - early thrift shop.















A little ingenuity and a massive investment of $1.00 and a little elbow grease ....















... turned out not too badly.













These next two shots are courtesy of my sister The Bag Lady.




I had to include them because this is one of my favourite abandoned places.















This was my grandparents homestead.










I couldn't for the life of me think of any cool abandoned buildings in the city that I could get to, of course, I will either see, or think of many in the next few days...that's how it goes.

If you would like to see more WWC entries or would like to join our merry band, drop by and visit Tink at Pickled Beef.

22 comments:

Hilary said...

Very cool as always, Reb. I love the abandoned shots best of all.. your grandparents' home and what you did with that table top. I see that you and Baggie share the creative renovation genes. Well done!

Jay said...

I used to live in a college town. Every spring I would find all kinds of furniture and other stuff sitting next to dumpsters. Sometimes it was really good stuff too.

Great job on the words this week! Love the abandoned cabin pics.

the Bag Lady said...

Great post, sis! I love what you did with that table - looks great! And thanks for the shout-out.

Reb said...

Hilary, thanks, Sis, did a great job on those shots of the homestead. We come by the reno genes honestly though... mom and dad both were always doing some project.

Jay, it doesn't seem to matter how many times we tell them that goodwill has a drop off location just down the block, every month there is something beside the dumpsters.

Thanks Sis, it was so easy too, three for a buck peel & stick floor tiles ;) Thanks for letting me use the pics.

Leah J. Utas said...

Good job on the reno. It never ceases to amaze me what people leave behind.
Good to see pics of the The Old Place again.

Janet said...

wow that first abandoned shot looks like someone built a house in the woods! Pretty cool :-)

fiwa said...

That was a slam dunk for "Z" and "abandoned".

I love that table - you did a fantastic job with it. My decor is early thrift shop too - I like to think I'm being green and recycling. ;)

And that photo of your grandparent's homestead - how COOL! Do you still own it?

Reb said...

Leah, that is so true. I would like to go out there again just to enjoy the quiet.

Janet, that was the blacksmith shop or the barn originally.

Fiwa, thanks. It is being green and recycling. I think one of the many cousins still owns the property.

g-man said...

Very nice. The table came out great. I really like the log cabin and your grandparent's place. Loved all your zeds :)

Reb said...

Thanks G-Man. I was very happy with the table.

Tink said...

How cool to know the story behind that abandoned building! That almost never happens. I'm always left to make up my own stories. I love what you did to that table. I wish I were so handy. Great job this week. :)

Barbara Martin said...

Reb, you did well with the photos and the table showed you are a handy person. Being thrifty is a very important skill.

Reb said...

Tink, one day I will get Sis, or my cousin to do a blog about the homestead. I'm glad you like the table.

Barbara, thanks. Thrifty comes from having parents raised during the dirty thirties.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

zebra at the zoo, brilliant! and good job with the table too, and man, that was your family homestead????

Reb said...

Thanks Gary. Yep, my granddad built it with his own two hands.

kcinnova said...

I'd much rather see abandoned buildings on a homestead than in a city. At least they are beautiful on a homestead!
Zebra! Zoo! I totally forgot those.
And I love what you do with abandoned furniture. Half of our furniture is "experienced." It may not match, but it has kept us out of debt.

Aunt Jackie said...

Oh wow, great job on that table! You rock. Love the illustration of the words this week, kudos! :)

Reb said...

Kcinnova, thanks. I agree and on a farm, you know it was well used. I will use that table until I can afford to replace it and then I won't throw it out, I will re-purpose it.


AJ, thanks. I like to do things like that...I hate to see good wood go to waste.

Dianne said...

I love how you refinished the table, looks great

for some reason the word 'zed' always makes me happy :)

Reb said...

Thanks Dianne. Zed is funny.

Crabby McSlacker said...

Wow, great job rescuing that abandoned table! And what a good round up for a difficult assignment. Zed and Abandoned are both pretty challenging!

And I still think it's weird that we say Zee and you say Zed. It seems like the sort of thing that would have converged. Do the British say Zed? If so, then as usual it's us Americans being the wierdo's.

Reb said...

Thanks Crabby, Yes, the Brits say zed, although with the amount of US TV we get here...more and more Canuks are in fact saying zee.