Here’s a nice red door with matching snow speckled car to start off this week’s Thursday Doors. Although we’ve been having very cold weather, some days are dry enough to bring Tino, aka The Gaffer, out for a walk. Lately, he’s been on a break from house renovating and doesn’t seem in too much of a hurry to return to Cavan right now. We have been staying in Blackrock, a lovely seaside village in County Louth, known as the Wee County as it is Ireland’s smallest county by area 826 km2 or 319 mile2. I was born here and lots of relatives and family members still live in the area. According to the records our roots go back to the sixteen hundreds, so I love spending time here, in the place where many of my ancestors lived, worked and are buried.
Guess which wall The Gaffer prefers. He has the same taste as me, so the old one won ‘paws’ down. My mother took me on a walk up this road, which was surrounded by fields when she was growing up, and pointed out places of interest along the way.
For instance, this house is said to have a haunted room. Sure enough, the white shutters are closed over on the downstairs room to the left of the door. Guess what? It’s a red door. Have a closer look.
Apparently, those shutters have remained closed for many years. When my mother was a young girl, she knew a woman who worked in that house as a cleaner and at times the job required that she stay there overnight. While in her room she could hear crockery breaking and the sound of objects being thrown around but when she checked next morning, nothing was damaged and everything was in its place. It could have been the owner letting off some steam but you can see from the photo how that room downstairs is the only one with the inside shutters drawn. Sorry I couldn’t get any closer with the camera.
Although the house looks to be in good condition, some of its surrounding stone walls need a bit of attention. It looks like this big old tree is threatening to push a section of it over.
My favourite wall along this road is this one, by far. It’s a dry stone build and the stones are placed vertically instead of horizontally. I was so focused on the wall, I didn’t even notice my shadow selfie until later.
As a teenager, my mother ran through this entrance with a boy she was out on a date with, to hide from her older brother, who was following her. I asked her if the walls were the same then as they are now but she said she hadn’t paid much attention to them at the time, even though she was hiding behind them. I guess she didn’t get to do too much courting on this road as, on another occasion, she was in my father’s car (she thinks they were married at the time as her brother wasn’t with them as a chaperone) and as they drove past one of the fields, a big black bull jumped over the wall and chased the vehicle down the road. She was grateful that they were not on their bikes at the time. Maybe he was spooked by the haunted house 😮
Thank you for your company on this week’s Thursday Doors. There’ll be more from Blackrock next week but in the meantime, have a look at the blue frog link on Norm’s blog to see a great selection of doors from around the world.