I might have used this image for a Thursday Doors post in the past, so forgive me if it looks familiar. I was in my native village of Blackrock last month and as usual couldn’t resist taking some photos. I like how the old empty house has been dressed up to appear lived in. Much nicer than the usual boarded up windows and doors we often see on vacant premises. The building across the street is far from empty, having been repainted and reopened as an artisan ice cream parlour. In the old days it served as the village post office/grocery/sweet shop.
This is the latest of three Storm in a Teacup artisan ice cream parlours to have opened along the east coast region. Here’s some info on this family business straight from their website:
‘Storm in a Teacup was a little family idea, that began in May 2010. The concept started as a tiny ice cream hut, selling beautiful ice cream concoctions from the pier, on Skerries Harbour. Since then, each family member has taken on specific responsibility for a new aspect of the ice cream business, to help it flourish & grow (all the while keeping things close to home & personal). One of the first projects, after opening, was to restore beautiful vintage ice cream vans. These vans have attended many festivals, weddings, parties etc. Following that, in 2015 the doors opened on a small production facility, based in Stamullen, Co. Meath. This facility makes beautiful handmade artisan ice cream, and for its efforts won an award.’ *
The rest of the building has been nicely painted, too. I managed to capture a reflection of the sky in the pane of glass over the side door but the weather wasn’t as dull as it appears there.
You’ll see from the following shots that it was actually a beautiful day, perfect for an ice cream feast sitting on the sea wall watching the birds.
Speaking of our feathered friends, Blackrock is a great place for bird-lovers.
Thanks for stopping by. I’ll have a few more photographs from Blackrock next week but in the meantime, if you’d like to see some lovely Thursday Doors from around the world, have a look at Norm’s blog.