Posted on January 17, 2019
Late last year we went and stayed for a few days with our son and daughter-in-law, who recently moved down from Edinburgh to London, where they have bought a lovely house in the west London suburb of Chiswick. These are a few of the doors I noticed on our (many) dog-walking expeditions. Rather different from the usual diet here of tatty rural French doors, but a change is as good as a rest.
It’s fair to assume that this is not the only door belonging to this house:
This one boasts a closed-in porch:
While this one goes for the grand porticoed look:
But if you really want grand, you need to visit the Grade 1 listed Chiswick House, formerly the London residence of the Duke of Devonshire, but now a public park. This is ‘just’ the side view:
Finally, a couple of more prosaic ‘tradesmen’s entrances’
Thursday Doors 17 January 2019
Posted on January 10, 2019
Only one door this week, I’m afraid, but it is a bit of a one-off.
If, like us, you spent many years living in Scotland, you couldn’t help but be very happy that, a mere twenty minutes drive away, there is a Scottish butchers shop, attached to a farm. They have cattle, pigs and sheep, all of which go into their exceptional products. How two people manage to run the farm and the shop pretty much on their own, I have no idea, but they do, even if sometimes the animals stray from their allotted locations into an old building with an eye-catching old door.
Thursday Doors 10 January 2019
Posted on January 3, 2019
Back from the holiday break with a second selection of doors from the nearby village of Blond.
These first two are actually in the same bâtiment, but I think deserve separate consideration:
This next door perhaps isn’t so interesting in itself, but I’ve never seen a building with so many pinions holding it together. We have one, which prevents our front wall falling off, but this….
And then there’s this. Note how the lintel on the smaller door is not the original:
The final contribution from Blond. I’m assuming that this is unoccupied, but you can’t always be sure:
Thursday Doors 3 January 2019
Posted on December 21, 2018
Prior to a short break for the holiday season, Norm has suggested that this week we look back over the past year and select some of our favourites. I’m quite happy to go along with that, so here are half a dozen blasts from the (recent) past, culminating in my personal Door of The Year.
Although you can digitally manipulate almost every aspect of an image these days, somehow you can’t alter the fundamental quality of the light in which the original image was captured. It couldn’t get much better than when I took this photograph of a superannuated refreshment room in Villandry.
Another example of ideal light is this image from Chabanais:
This gates/door combination from the neighbouring village of Nouic has no great age, but I do find the symmetry (and the colour) very attractive.
This door, to be found in our local village, was posted comparatively recently, but as it received an above-average number of favourable comments, here’s another look.
Here’s my runner-up: with its faded panels and especially the faded lace curtains, it strikes me as archetypally French:
However, (fanfare) here is my Door Of The Year. This is from Cahors. Can you beat that for decrepitude? I’ll wait.
Thursday Doors 20 December 2018
Posted on December 13, 2018
Blond is another one of those picturesque villages within a half-hour’s drive from here at Tranquility Base. It’s big USP is the annual Capon Fair, which took place last Sunday. The weather wasn’t great, so there were by no means as many stalls as in previous years. On the positive side, that left more gaps through which to spot some interesting doors.
The church, which is fortified, is always visible, however:
…although this side door wouldn’t stand up to much of a battering:
Just behind the church is this little stone edifice, which seems to be standing guard over a stream that’s only about a foot wide:
This is one of the doors usually obscured by market stalls:
The garage looks bigger than the rest of the house:
Artistically, this decrepit little door juxtaposes well with the stagnant green pool in front of it:
Thursday Doors 13 December 2018
Posted on December 6, 2018
Another selection of old doors from the town of Perigueux. Mostly brown, of course, but not this first – comparatively unusual – specimen:
But normal service is soon resumed, with these satisfyingly tatty specimens:
Most old doors aren’t completely straight or rectangulat, but this one takes it a bit far:
And finally double bonus points for two doors within doors:
Thursday Doors 6 December 2018
Posted on November 29, 2018
Continuing with the second tranche of the doors of Perigueux, here are some more old brown ones:
…of which this is a shockingly neglected example, albeit with a rather grand surround:
But why settle for one door when you can have two:
Some doors are better preserved than others, of course:
…and some aren’t even brown:
More from Perigueux next week, then it’s time for another little mini-break.
Thursday Doors 29 November 2018