I find myself wondering how this ever happens. Real estate is valuable; how does a place get so bad that it is abandoned? I suspect that cases like this reflect an older owner who develops illness and can't maintain the place, but doesn't want to move. Once they pass on, if there are no close relatives to step in and deal with things promptly, it starts to deteriorate. Once it goes through a winter without heat, there is no turning back. Still, there must be an interesting, though sad story here.
Walking time 2o minutes with the dog, and 40 minutes walking in to a beaver pond. This time I took my rubber boots, so I could get close enough for pictures, now that the beaver have repaired their dam and flooded the Bruce Trail! Earlier in the day I headed for Owen Sound to buy a new printer, our really good printer having given up the ghost after many years of faithful service. Do you know that you can't even find someone who will try to repair a printer these days. It's simply cheaper to buy a new one. What a throwaway society we've created!