Missing Thursday Doors

We’ve moved! Cavan is now our home county and it’s really lovely here. At present we have no internet, in fact, we don’t even have an electricity supply, yet, but battery operated lamps and candles do a great job for now. However, I can access wifi a couple of times a week, so hopefully I’ll soon be resuming my regular Thursday Door posts – I’ve really missed participating in it.

One of the bonuses of living further north in the country is the fact that we are nearer family and next year we’ll be spending lots of time on the northern and north west coast, especially Donegal. We’ve been there a few times and on our last visit rented a house in Ardara, which featured in a Thursday Doors post, of course.

If you’d like to see Donegal from the air, have a look at Scenic Flyer’s beautiful video, courtesy of Kevin.

There are more fabulous videos on Scenic Flyer’s Facebook page, with a nice bit of history included. Well worth a visit.

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Thursday Doors – Red

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Every time we pass this little cottage these red doors jump out at me but it’s not a great place to stop the car and my drive by shots were constantly blurred. On our last trip, Mr. R. found a spot and pulled in so I could run back and take some photographs.

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Nobody lives there but someone has gone to a lot of trouble to make it look quaint. The windows are painted on but the doors and flowers are real.

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The hens are not real!

I took shots from every angle.

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So well done, whoever owns this little cottage, for making it into such an attractive feature on the roadside – it certainly brightens up my journey each time I pass by.

If you would like to see more Thursday Doors, have a look at Norm’s blog, and thanks for stopping by.

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Thursday Doors – Flatpack

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An unusual Thursday Doors from me this week – flatpack. We’ve been dismantling a lot of our flatpack furniture and setting it up in the house we are in the process of moving to. The above photo is of the first two of four units I’ll be using for a temporary kitchen, Mr. R. put those together after my botched attempt. Dismantling the shed was a much bigger project, so our grandson gave us a hand with that. Well, he gave his granddad a hand – I stayed at a safe distance from the scarpering spiders. My sister and her husband came to Cavan for the day and were a great help in putting the shed back together. After a while, it was obvious that the men could manage very well by themselves so we went back into the house to assemble the last two kitchen units. Obviously I wasn’t paying enough attention when Mr. R. was putting the first two together.

They both fell apart as soon as we tried to move them. I thought I would die from laughing, I’m sure all the neighbours heard us. That was last weekend. Today, Mr. R. assembled them properly and even though I paid close attention, I still don’t know what we did differently. Mind you, The Gaffer wasn’t with me at the time, I’m sure he would have put me right if he’d been there. He’s on strike until we get him a pair of overalls – designer ones! *

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Next week I have the cutest little cottage to show you – and it even has a red door. 🙂 Thanks for stopping by and if you would like to see a wide variety of Thursday Doors from around the globe, have a look at Norm’s blog and click the blue ‘frog’ link at the end of his post.

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Thursday Doors – Fermanagh

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Last year I posted some Thursday Doors from this location but it’s definitely worth a second sharing. Recently we took a short boat trip up/down river (not sure which) and paid another visit to the Crom Estate, in county Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. It’s so beautiful there, I can see us making a lot more visits once we move nearer. The Visitor Centre was closed on our last trip so I made sure to include it in this one. Here’s a slide show of what was on display inside.

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Fancy a leisurely trip on the river?

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They knew how to do it in the old days.

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Interesting bit of history about the people who lived at Crom.
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Close to the Old Castle ruins are Crom’s famous Yew Trees. They are a conjoined pair of a male and female English yew, with a combined circumference of 377 feet (115m) and a diameter of 115 feet (35m). The larger, older female yew is of a considerable age, although how old exactly has been the subject of debate for many years. *
The earliest known reference to the tree is from 1739, when it was described as an already venerable tree. The male tree is much younger, and was most likely planted in the 19th-century. The Crom Yews were the only trees in Northern Ireland to be featured on the list of the 50 Greatest British Trees drawn up by the Tree Council to mark the Queen’s Golden Jubilee. * The Gaffer wasn’t too interested in the history, though. He was busy cooling off in the shade beneath the trees.
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Thursday Doors – Cavan

Last weekend my family had a get together in what is soon to be our new hometown, Belturbet in County Cavan. We rented two houses next door to each other and played crazy golf in the daytime and board games at night and even the dog, aka The Gaffer, enjoyed himself.

Our ages ranged from 84 years to 20 months and some of us even found time for a spot of fishing. This is a view from under the bridge of some of the public mooring in the town, it’s also where the fishing took place.

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Some of us spent a lovely evening in Flynn’s bar, just around the corner (here’s a shot of the beer garden that I took from the back bedroom of the house I stayed in). The pub is celebrating 50 years in business this year and I have to say I like their choice of door colour.

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The house we stayed in had a nice selection of photographs and paintings on its walls, one of which was very appropriate for a Thursday Doors enthusiast.

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Thanks so much for viewing this week’s short and sweet Thursday Doors. Norm’s blog has a link to lots of international doors, if you’d like to see some more.

 

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Thursday Doors – Wee House

I know the house we’re renovating is tiny, but this little building is even smaller yet it has more toilets in it. This is the public toilets at Gougane Barra forest park in County Cork.

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A friend sent me this one for Thursday Doors, so a big thank you to Alan Carratt for sharing this cute little thatch with us. It’s definitely a ‘wee’ house in more ways than one.

Speaking of wee houses, I’ve been trying to take a shot of this one on every trip we’ve made to Cavan but there’s nowhere to park and I have to take it from a moving car. This is the best one so far – it was the red doors that caught my eye.

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It’s said that Cavan has 365 lakes – one for each day of the year and from what I’ve seen so far, I believe it. What do you find on rivers and lakes?

Water fowl – lots of them.

And barges – I love barges.

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Here’s a beautiful video of the Gougane Barra Forest Park, shot by AirCam Ireland.

Well, I’ve got to go help Mr. R. dismantle the flat pack furniture. I hope you enjoyed this week’s very random post. Thanks so much for stopping by. Norm’s blog has a link to a great selection of Thursday Doors from around the world. Click on the ‘blue frog’ at the end of his post.

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Thursday Doors – A Dog’s View

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Jean is so busy this week I offered to do her Thursday Doors post for her. I doubt she’ll even have time to check it out, as the big move is looming. See that crate behind me in the photo, with it’s door open? Well, that belongs to Alfie. He’s the dog on the right, almost as handsome as myself, and he lives with relatives of my family, so we’re kind of related. He’s just a nipper (in terms of age – not biting ability) so he respects my ten years of wisdom and humour. That’s me in the photo telling him all about the antics of Mr. and Mrs. R.’s DIY efforts. He found it so hysterical, he rolled around the floor laughing. I didn’t think it was that funny, but then again, I am eight years older and a lot more mature.

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We had to wait in Dublin while the youngest member of the family attended a Green Day concert. I didn’t mind, as it gave me a chance to catch up with Alfie. Personally, I would have said it was a ‘grey day’ seeing as it was raining but apparently this was something amazing and well worth the hours spent standing in a muddy field getting squashed, just to be close to the stage, as you can see from her photograph.

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Humans, I’ll never fully understand them. But I digress. Back to the DIYers. The next day it was all hands on deck for another bout of renovating. I don’t know why Mr. R. was complaining about me looking over his shoulder while he worked, I was only keeping an expert eye on the job.

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As soon as he left I jumped onto the other chair and had a good look at that doorway he was working on.

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Not bad, but that doesn’t mean I can take my eye off them. I even had an extra person to watch over, the latest recruit to the crew, recovering from her wet but wonderful concert in that muddy field the day before.

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In the end, all that hard work sanding was worth it. You can see through the doorway, how nice the walls turned out when painted and the floor, even with only its first coat of Jacobean Oak stain, doesn’t look too bad either.

During our lunch breaks we often have a game of cards, but of course I usually win, which doesn’t go down too well with the rest of the crew. This is my ‘poker-face’.

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If I’m supposed to be the gaffer, why does everyone complain about me watching them work? This week, they’ve put me in charge of soft furnishing (I think they’re just trying to distract me) and it took me a while to learn how to use the strange contraption they gave me but I got there in the end.

Well, I hope you enjoyed a Thursday Doors post from a dog’s perspective. Speaking of posts, I must take a wee walk and find one. I believe there are a lot more doors to see on Norm’s blog, if you’d like to view them.

 

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Thursday Doors

I recently went for a drive up the Knockmealdown Mountains with an old friend of mine and we called on a lady she knew who rescues animals. Along with the dozen or more very friendly dogs that came to greet us there were some sheep and an imperious cockerel, strutting his stuff to his female companions.

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The results of all that strutting is plain to see in this next image.

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Adorable little black and white chicks. A couple of them had funny little ‘quiffs’ on their heads, which made them even cuter, and they live in a lovely little pink house.

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Sitting in the sunshine watching the antics of those chicks was so relaxing. We were very high up in the mountains, although you can’t really see this from the photos.

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When we lived in the area we had a view of the Knockmealdown Mountains and the Vee Pass from our house and often brought the kids up there on a picnic and to pick blackberries and bilberries. In some parts of Ireland the last Sunday in July was traditionally known as ‘Fraughan Sunday’ from the Irish name ‘fraochán’ meaning bilberry (much like a blueberry) and this was always a celebration as they are the first wild berries to ripen. In winter the mountains are always covered with snow, even when there isn’t so much as a flake on lower ground. I’m really going to miss them when we move.

Speaking of moving, my friend’s house is up for sale and I asked her if it was okay to feature it on Thursday Doors, so if anyone is interested, it’s in a beautiful setting. That drive to the mountains is on her doorstep and the sea is only fifteen minutes away.

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I love the stonework (I think part of it was once an old barn) and it has a half-door, which is always a winner with me. Not to mention that fabulous garden, some of which I’ll be taking with me as my friend has been rooting cuttings from her plants for me – honeysuckle, jasmine and some beautiful roses.

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I even managed to get myself into what Norm would call a ‘door-selfie’ 🙂

This is a lovely video of rhododendrons in bloom around the Vee Pass, from McMahon Studios. Unfortunately, it’s an invasive species, first introduced to Ireland in the 18th century as an ornamental plant. It is stunning to look at but extremely difficult to control, often threatening to smother native woodland.

I hope you enjoyed that little trip up the mountains, thanks for coming along. For a great selection of doors from around the world, have a look at Norm’s blog and click the blue link at the end of his post.

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Thursday Doors – Cork City

I’ve been searching through some photographs I took in Cork City earlier in the year and managed to find some I hadn’t already included in a Thursday Doors post. As we’ll be moving house soon, I’m confined to quarters sorting and packing so I haven’t been able to get out on any ‘doorscursions’ this week – we emptied the attic yesterday. I heard that groan of sympathy you let out. You’ve obviously been there and done that, so you know what a pain it is finding items you were sure had been donated to the charity shops years ago. Worse still, you end up putting them in the ‘might-be-worth-holding-onto’ pile, which always seems to be three times the size of the ‘definitely-must-go’ one. I thought this photo was very apt, seeing as I’m in the process of a house move.

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I like the Art Deco design on the pillars. The next image has pillars, too, which made it a bit of a challenge to get a clear view of a door – especially as this was a ‘drive-by’ shot from the car. It’s the entrance to St. Mary’s Church on Pope’s Quay (very appropriate address for a Roman Catholic church). The building dates back to 1832. If you look closely, you’ll see a man’s face on one of those doors. I have no idea who he is or why he’s been put there.

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There are lots of old buildings with pillars and arched windows to be found in Cork City.

In contrast to the grandness of pillars and arched windows, many of the entrances to the older retail premises are plain painted wood. I like the look of the clothes shop below as it still retains that image of the drapery shops of my childhood. The kind that sold everything from a tablecloth to a Sunday suit for the man of the house. The Irish phrase over the door to this clothes shop translates as ‘Welcome in. The Best Men’s Clothes in Cork’ (they sell women’s clothes too) and it’s a long established family business. John Mannix, the owner, is an expert fitter. His father opened the store in 1928 and Mr. Mannix has been running it since the 1950’s when he was 19 years old. It’s great to see it still going today and still in the same family.

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When you look through the railings to the other side of the river, you can just about make out the large doors of converted warehouses and above them some lovely arched windows. That spire you see to the right belongs to the Trinity Presbyterian Church, which has been used for worship since its completion in 1861.

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If you think it is leaning to one side, you’d be correct. From the angle of this shot you can’t see it very well but there’s a distinctive kink in the spire. Now, there are two versions of the story as to how it got there; either the workmen did this deliberately to spite the architect or it was an accident through drunkenness! I quite like the idea of a bunch of well-oiled stonemasons looking up at their handiwork at the of the day and arguing over which of them put that block in the wrong place. You might see the kink better in this image from the Cork Heritage Open Day website. The longer I look at it, the more it seems to lean.

Thanks for stopping by this week and if you fancy checking out more Thursday Doors, have a look at Norm’s blog (he’s the originator of Thursday Doors) and click the blue link at the end of his post.

 

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Thursday Doors – Bristol

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This week’s Thursday Doors photos were taken by one of our daughters while on a recent visit to her brother in Bristol in the UK. I asked her to look out for some interesting doors that I could feature on my blog, and seeing as she’s an art student, it was the street art that caught her eye. Thank you for your contribution this week, Megan.

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This one’s a Banksy

Of course, you can’t photograph street art in Bristol and leave him out. Born there in 1974, Banksy was involved in the wave of street art that took the city by storm in the ’80s. Over the years, his work has appeared in London, Los Angeles and New York, as well as in his home town of Bristol. More recently, he’s been busy in France. Whatever your views are on street art, Banksy’s pieces make a statement and get a reaction. Have you seen this one?

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It depicts Steve Jobs, the late co-founder of Apple, as a traveling migrant. (Jobs was the biological son of a Syrian migrant to the US). Banksy painted this one in the ‘Calais Jungle’, a nickname for the encampment in the French port were migrants lived while attempting to enter the UK. Talk about a picture painting a thousand words!

 

If you would like to know more about Banksy and Bristol, take a look at Visit Bristol. That’s where I came across the video tour and where you’ll find lots of links to all sorts of interesting places and things to do there, if you’re planning a visit.

There are lots more Thursday Doors to see over on Norm’s blog. Click the blue link at the bottom of his post to view them and you can even add your own.

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