I love visiting old, ruined buildings, whether they be castles, monastic sites, or just old, abandoned cottages, like this one.
This cottage is on the way to Mount Melleray from Newcastle, on the left hand side, just on a corner. It’s pretty dilapidated but still interesting.
You can access it through a gate a little bit further down the road. I’d recommend using the gate rather than climbing over the dodgy wall. Just watch out for the sheep.
I don’t particularly like sheep. There’s something about their eyes that unnerves me. I’m quite happy that they’re usually so scared of everything that they go running off in the opposite direction when I approach.
This one didn’t though. It just stood and stared….and blocked my way to the ruin that I wanted to take photos off.
He got fed up with me taking photos of him eventually though and decided to trot off.
He gave me this rather reproachful look then as I took another photo of him.
I think I know why he was giving me such vengeful looks though.
I found this in the grass:-
Seeing an entire sheep’s skeleton on the ground made me feel more uneasy than the sheep that I’d annoyed.
Seeing another sheep’s skeleton really creeped me out.
And then I realised the entire field was strewn with bones.
I mean, I’d have expected a few bones with all the sheep that are in the mountains, but an entire field full of them? There are at least two skulls in this picture, plus the one from the first photo.
I also noticed that the bitter sheep had stopped following me as I got closer to the cottage. I half expected a giant sheep eating Bigfoot Yeti to jump out of one of the windows, so when two pigeons came noisily flapping from the roof area I was ready to
I was left in peace though to continue taking photos.
The next photo is the view inside when standing outside the porch area of the cottage. I’d to stand on my toes to try to get this picture as the ground outside is a good bit lower than the cottage floor. Those are more sheep bones on the window sill.