Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

Rather uniquely this post to Mike Hardisty Photography is one of a kind. It’s my 400th post and there won’t be another one that is numbered 400.

Since the challenge was announced on Friday I’ve been thinking what to show. Did I have anything in my library of photographs that would meet this weeks brief? Of course I do, because every one of my photographs is unique.

What I like about photographs is that they capture a moment that’s gone forever, impossible to reproduce   Karl Lagerfeld

I think Karl was right. Even if I put my camera on burst mode and fire off 6 photographs per second, something will have changed. It might be a subtle change in the light, or the clouds have moved, maybe it’s a leaf on a tree, but there will be differences.

Today I was at The Spinnies which is a wild bird reserve in North Wales. It’s a great place to photograph different species of wild bird, especially as one of the hides, on one side, looks out onto the sea-shore and the other looks out over a small lake.

But I’m not going to show you any bird photographs. Instead it’s got to be the smallest house in Great Britain…and luckily I was able to stop off to photograph it this afternoon, on my way home from The Spinnies.

The Smallest House

The Smallest House in Great Britain, also known as the Quay House, is a tourist attraction on the quay in Conwy, Wales. It has a floor area of 3.05 metre by 1.8 metre (10 feet by 6 feet) and a height of 10 feet 2 inches, and was used as a residence from the 16th century until 1900. As its name indicates, it is reputed to be Britain’s smallest house.

The house was lived in until 1900, when the owner was a 6 ft 3 inch (1.9 meters) fisherman named Robert Jones. The rooms were too small for him to stand up in fully and he was eventually forced to move out when the council declared the house unfit for human habitation. The house is still owned by his descendants.

Smallest House

The house is currently painted red and stands near the Conwy Castle walls. On certain days it is open to the public and you can enter for £1.00 (or 50p for children). The area upstairs is so small that there is room only for one bed and a bedside cabinet. Visitors can’t walk about on the 2nd floor, but can view it from the step-ladder.

That’s it for this week. I forgot to mention, I’ve changed the theme, into something a bit more reader friendly (I hope). Let me know what you think about the new theme


37 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Unique

  1. tmso February 2, 2013 / 19:19

    Nice! I’d love to live in something like that. Small, yes, but also easy to keep clean!


    • Mike Hardisty February 2, 2013 / 19:53

      I’m too tall and would have problems in a house that size


  2. patriciamoed February 2, 2013 / 19:23

    Thanks for the pingback, Mike! And I like the new theme.


    • Mike Hardisty February 2, 2013 / 19:54

      Thank you for your comment and you’re welcome


  3. rutheh February 2, 2013 / 20:05

    Congrats on 400 posts, Mike. Well done! Looking forward to the next 400.


    • Mike Hardisty February 3, 2013 / 14:42

      I can’t believe I have reached this number already.


  4. Darlene February 2, 2013 / 21:43

    I have been to that teeny house in Wales. I am only 5 feet but it still felt too small for me. Not for any one who is claustrophobic. Congrats on 400 posts!!


    • Mike Hardisty February 3, 2013 / 14:47

      I know I would not like to live there and yet people did. Things were so much simpler then…


  5. stephenransome February 2, 2013 / 23:48

    Hi Mike, I was asked to quote for central-heating for this place. My quote 4p per day…..a candle lit and placed centrally would do the trick!!! Lol. Nice one.


  6. elizz February 3, 2013 / 01:03

    thank you for sharing that, i was not aware that there is really such a house.. btw, your new layout and theme looks good and reader friendly too. 🙂


    • Mike Hardisty February 3, 2013 / 14:49

      Thank you for your comment. It’s always a big chance when you change a theme. If you pick the wrong one……


  7. Margie February 3, 2013 / 01:34

    Congrats on 400 posts and the new theme – very easy to read and navigate.
    There is a small house in Eastbourne called the Tom Thumb Fisherman’s Cottage. It is absolutely huge in comparison, though the name of it makes it sound very small.


    • Mike Hardisty February 4, 2013 / 08:24

      There’s another house on Anglesey that isn’t much bigger than this one…both of them are too small for me


  8. GingerSnaap February 3, 2013 / 04:02

    Thanks for the pingback!
    I am way too claustrophobic for that house!!


  9. petspeopleandlife February 3, 2013 / 04:41

    I think this is a good one, Mike. I like thh new look. Also you picked something that I think is quite unique.

    Are you on Flickr? I tried typing in your name but it did not come up. If you are, how are you listed on Flickr?


  10. shammee February 3, 2013 / 08:40

    Its a coincidence , this was my 100th post , & so it wud always be the Unique one for me too , like yours , congrats on your 400th Unique post
    Your pick for the theme is perfect


    • Mike Hardisty February 3, 2013 / 15:00

      Congratulations on reaching 100….


  11. Cheryl February 3, 2013 / 17:23

    Very unique, Mike!


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