The Shape of Living

“Oneness is not sameness.” Lois Farfel Stark.

This weekend the Photo Challenge over on Weekly Prompts, the site I share with my partner GC is Rectangular Prism.

A few months ago, while travelling as a passenger after visiting the school where my son teaches, I noticed several rectangular prisms.

rectangular prisms 1

The busy city bypass runs alongside the residential council estate where the school is situated. 

Apartment block Sea Front BridlingtonLast weekend on a visit to the seaside town of Bridlington on the East coast of Yorkshire, I noticed this apartment block on the seafront, and I couldn’t help feeling sympathy for the residents of the homes behind the building, they have lost their magnificent sea view. Why do planners do this?

looking down on Otley from the ChevinThis week I drove down to my dentist in the nearby market town of Otley in the Wharfe Valley. It was market day, so when my appointment had finished I walked towards the town square where the market is held.

I enjoy wandering around the market.  Lots of stalls selling fresh vegetables and always excellent quality, the very tempting bakery stall, the sweet (candy) stall that was equally tempting but was very easy to resist seeing as I’d just left the dentist! The usual clothing, shoes, handbags and travel goods, DIY and many others. My favourite is the saddlers stall run by The Rat Catcher, I love the smell of leather and the array of riding accessories.

Jigsaws in OtleyAs I passed the stationers , I stopped to admire the jigsaws in the window display. I may pop down again when the weekend storms have passed and buy a couple of these; it’s a while since I did a jigsaw.

Passing the Conservative club, I realised that it too was just right for the challenge; it looks like a cube here, but that’s just the camera angle. As I walked away from the market square I passed a stone wall, even the stones themselves were rectangular in shape!

Walking back towards my car, I stopped off at the Art Gallery and spotted the perfect colour match that I could use for GC’s October colour challenge, but that’s a closely guarded secret until next weekend!

(C) 2019 Photo Challenge Rectangular Prism from Weekly Prompts

14 thoughts on “The Shape of Living

  1. An interesting article Sue, and yes those tall rectangular buildings can be quite an eyesore, but after visiting, shanghai, Beijing, and New York, last year, the size and amount of their rectangular, is staggering,…. Maybe I’ll have to do a photo search here……. on my photo library….. cheers…

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    1. I can understand having office blocks in the city centres. The ones in the first photograph are the poorer homes in one of the most under privileged areas of the city. On the other hand if they hadn’t built upwards where else would they have put the families? It’s a sad fact that none of us wants council estates in our own areas.

      At the other side of our village, green fields have been released for building. There will be 350 private family homes and not what you would call affordable either. None of us here wanted these houses. It’s what’s known as Green Belt land that you’re not allowed to build on, and the general feeling has been that the Brown band land should have been released first, the planners should not have taken away the green belt from that side of the village. That said, we do not have any brown land here in the village! In other words everyone wants the houses built elsewhere! Thank you Ivor 🙂


    1. I agree, I like the old buildings too, the small town centre of Otley is full of stone buildings that are now blackened by previous industry and age. Thank you so much for your comments.


  2. Murphy's Law

    Perfect pictures for the prompt Sue.I do like the old Conservative club building. A little TLC would make a world of difference in its appearance. That wall is neat too. My eyes bugged out of my head seeing those jigsaw puzzles! My husband and I do them all the time. Hopefully they keep a few brain cells active! 🤗

    I don’t think high rises will ever go out of style. Too many of us….not enough land to put us on. Sigh….

    Hope you have a wonderful weekend Sue, perhaps enjoying the beauty of your surroundings. Your daughter is so incredibly artistic, wouldn’t it be wonderful if she memorialized your home and grounds on canvas!
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. Those jigsaw puzzles took up a whole window, there were loads of them!

      High Rise buildings are less popular over here, there aren’t too many of them outside of the city centres. New build apartment buildings are usually limited to two or three floors in suburbia, and often they’re built on the sites of what used to be old industrial buildings, textile mills and such.

      I love the old blackened stone buildings in our northern towns, especially those in Otley, nestling in the valley and surrounded by the beautiful Yorkshire Dales, a reminder of our industrial past.

      I looked at some of the pictures in the art gallery and thought to myself, Sophie could so easily create some of these if she put her mind to it.

      Thank you for your comments, Ginger. Have a lovely weekend 🙂


  3. gc

    Enjoyed your article partner. Had to think a long time on how to present a photo for the challenge but I did come up with one. 🙂 Hope you have fun with the jigsaw puzzles you purchased. I’m also glad you found a photo for next week’s October color scheme. xx

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  4. Architecture is always interesting! Especially the shapes of buildings! Great photos, Sue!
    I do wonder sometimes, “Why did they build it THAT way?” 🙂 Especially when buildings are box-y and plain.
    I love to architect with Legos! 😉 Ha! 😛 (I just used “architect” as a verb! 😮 )
    That Conservative Club building has some character and beauty!
    I LOVE working jigsaw puzzles! Those you showed in the photo look like lots of fun!
    HUGS!!! 🙂

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    1. I agree, Carolyn, I love the old fashioned pictures on those puzzle boxes.
      Only the other day I complained that no one builds characterful houses any more, they are all the same over here, light coloured boxes, and never enough storage. I wish those houses could get their stonework blackened.

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