Thursday Doors


Thursday Doors this week comes from the marina where our boat is moored, in county Cavan. This little beauty is tiny and if you can call a boat ‘cute’ that’s definitely what she is.


She’s moored alongside a houseboat and in the background you can get a glimpse of the river as it winds its way into Belturbet, the nearest town.


Some of the boats there have no doors – just oars. The water was so calm on our last evening there, it amplified the quietness of the place.


All around the banks of the marina there are Brandy Bottles aka Yellow Water Lilies (Nuphar lutea) They flower from June to September and are native to temperate regions of Europe, western Asia and north west Africa. Later in the year, the flower will be replaced by a bottle shaped, green fruit. Pollination takes place by flies, which are attracted to its alcoholic scent. I wonder if this plant would make a nice wine – after all, it already smells like one.


Swans are also attracted to the marina, by the duckweed which grows in abundance. I didn’t get too close to take this shot, so I had to zoom in on my phone and the quality isn’t too good. Can you see him hissing at me? He was just doing his job, warning me to stay away from his young cygnets in the background. There were six of them with their mother, munching away on their greens, while Big Daddy stood guard.


With a mix of cloud and sunshine, the colours and shadows changed every few seconds as we sat on our deck watching nature’s wonderful display. Of course, the rain eventually fell, forcing us to retreat behind the deck cover.


That’s our little Megan, with the view behind us. She looks a bit like a cross between an old truck and a boat, with that top and it’s big square windows. It’s not the usual feature on a Freeman (or any boat) but was added later. Normally it would have a slant, like the one to the left of the image, making it more aerodynamic. The headroom inside is great, though, and makes it feel a lot more spacious, especially when the deck is covered in by the canvas. As always, it was great to have your company and thanks for coming on board. If you sail on over to Norm’s blog you’ll discover a lot of unusual, sometimes amusing but always interesting, doors from various parts of the globe.

About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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47 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. socialbridge says:

    Oh so gorgeous, Jean

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  2. Great shots, hope you get the weather

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    Beautiful photos and some interesting doors. I like the reflections in the calm waters (and the Swan). The little boat next to the houseboat is “cute”

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  4. joannesisco says:

    Ahhh – there’s nothing quite like summer on a boat 🙂

    Great photos – especially the colours in the second last one. Very dramatic!

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  6. msgt3227 says:

    I really like your Megan! She is quite unique…
    And I FINALLY posted my first Thursday Doors!!

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    • I’ve just been to visit your Thursday Door, Kevin. The photos are gorgeous. My husband is jealous of your boat as he wanted us to get a sail boat or catamaran, and moor it in on a coastal harbour. I didn’t fancy the rough seas around some of our coasts so we agreed on the inland waterways instead, and a river boat. We don’t see too many sail boats on the lakes and rivers, mostly on the coast. However, he did meet a guy with a catamaran on the river who was making his way to the coast in Donegal.

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      • msgt3227 says:

        My wife had never been on a sailboat until this summer, preferring her motored pontoon boat… Her first reaction was to exclaim, “It’s sooooo quiet!” She is truly enjoying the sailing experience, but just told me a couple days ago that she misses being able to pull into the little coves around the lake, or even just pointing the boat where you want to go without having to account for wind direction (or lack thereof)…

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  8. Norm 2.0 says:

    Lovely doors, boats, and calm waters, sounds like a terrific way to spend a quiet weekend 🙂

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  9. bikerchick57 says:

    That IS a cute little boat. Looks very homey. Reminds me of Gilligan’s Island, except that I hope you never go on a three-hour tour. Keep it upright, okay? 😉

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  10. Yeah! I love your truck boat! And the father swan, and everything.

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  11. joey says:

    Yes, a cute little boat indeed.
    I too enjoy the stillness and the colors of the rowboat photo.
    And I love the photo where you could almost slice the sky from the green with a straight line.
    Great post! 🙂

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  12. jesh stg says:

    Great post Jean! The other boats may be more comfortable and practical, but I love the photo with the row boats and the beautiful reflection of the water!
    Maybe also because this morning, when I opened the faucet no water came out! Still have to discover what that is about.
    Yes, that swan is a little territorial:):)

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    • I love that photo, too, because of the reflection and the stillness. I do hope you got your water flowing, eventually. We take our running water so much for granted – until we don’t have any.


  13. Helen Bushe says:

    Jean, your boat is fabulous. There’s a wee one like this on our local canal. It always makes me think that it’s been made from a slice of a bigger one. It’s the one I always wish I had.

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    • That’s exactly what it looks like, Helen. The top bit is so big compared to what other boats of a similar size add on. Someone, in a good-natured joke, told us that they expected to see Noddy at the helm. 🙂


  14. klara says:

    mmmmm…. summer on a boat must be great. dusk sky reflection is great.

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  15. Kash Pals says:

    Beautiful photos. The houseboat is cute, no doubt about that. The place looks calm and serene and I love the swan. 🙂

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  16. Your boat looks so nice! That little boat in the first image is cute, and I loved the magical light on the green trees, and grass, and the male Swan and Cygnets was an exciting sight!

    What a great way to spend a Summer week-end! He-Man suffers from motion sickness on most small boats so we haven’t done much sailing together. Big ships don’t seem to bother him though.

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  17. Ludwig says:

    Thanks for the charming tour. Good sailing to you!

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  18. inesephoto says:

    So many great pictures! The tiny boat is cute indeed. Your boat is just gorgeous. Looks like you had a good weather in Cavan.
    Brandy bottles always bring childhood memories. We kids would board a boat and paddle to the shallow shore on the opposite side of the lake, and pull the brandy bottles out of the water – the longer the stem, the better.

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  19. jesh stg says:

    Sorry, a whole week got away from me, but before the next Thurs. doors wanted to tell you that your boat looks like the perfect place to gather inspiration and write another book:):)

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  20. Beautiful pics, Jean, and I think cute is a good description of your boat; although, pretty works well also.

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