Thursday Doors – Memories of 2020

This will be my last Thursday Doors post of the year so I thought some of my favourite memories of 2020 would be a nice way to finish what has been a very strange year. Our host, Dan, suggested we compile a list chosen from the past twelve months of Thursday Doors posts, so here are my choices. The first one is from a blogpost at the beginning of 2020, when we still had our lovely little Tino with us. This puzzle is special to me not just because it features some very nice doors but I had some help with it from my canine friend.

The next couple of photos were taken at the Cavan County Museum and were part of a series of Thursday Doors over quite a few weeks. There was so much to see there but I particularly liked this exhibit, where I took a step back in time and became immersed in the early nineteen hundreds.

Another Thursday Doors series that I really enjoyed putting together was the Seek Art Festival in Dundalk. It was fascinating to watch the progress of the large wall murals as the artists worked on them every day for a week.

A place where I did a lot of foraging for wild garlic, hawthorn, elderflower and lots of other goodies is Castle Saunderson. Walking through the grounds is so relaxing and it’s a lovely place to get some exercise and fresh air.

This next door is a big favourite of mine mostly because of the entrance. It’s the old town hall in Cavan which is now an arts centre. I love the stonework and the inscription over the doorway tells us a little of its history.

You might be wondering what a large deer has to do with my Thursday Doors memories of 2020. This photo was taken at Rosepark Farm and was the last time I saw some of my grandchildren this year, many months ago. The photographs connected to this day out mean a lot to me and I did find some teeny tiny doors there, too.

A meet up at Castle Archdale in the summer with my other grandchildren gave me some nice memories to hold onto while we were seperated by a second lockdown. Some of the doors in this courtyard were decorated with the portraits of servants who may have answered a knock in times gone by.

With so many great examples of doors in Dundalk it was difficult to make a choice. I finally decided on a modern door that reflected some of the local history and an old door that was part of that history.

How could I end this post without including a photo of Belturbet Marina and its array of boats and barges. Some of my favourite doors throughout the year have been on the water.

Dan has a selection of his favourites over on his blog this week. Thank you so much for keeping me company for this past year of Thursday Doors and sharing my memories of 2020, I hope you have a peaceful, safe transition into 2021.


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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20 Responses to Thursday Doors – Memories of 2020

  1. Dan Antion says:

    You bring some of the best doors to the stage throughout the year, Jean. It was a pleasure to see a few of them again. I love the entrance to the town hall, and I always appreciate the history that you share with your photos. I hope you enjoy the 2020 version of the holidays and I look forward to more doors and perhaps a bit more freedom in 2021.

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  2. Natalie says:

    What a wonderful collection of doors, Jean. It’s hard to pick for sure. I particularly like the stone doors. #ThursdayDoors

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  3. Jennie says:

    A great collection. Thanks for all the wonderful doors in 2020. Looking forward to more in 2021.

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  4. Jean, those are truly spectacular doors. I got a kick out of the one with the butler “answering the door.” I’m captivated by the doors puzzle — and your helper. Hugs on the wing.

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  5. Jean, what a great gallery! I love the puzzle and what a good helper you had. I only have my husband to help with our current 1,000 piece doozy of a puzzle, but I guess I’ll keep him. πŸ™‚ Merry Christmas and may 2021 be filled with blessings.


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  6. Teresa says:

    Lots of them to like in here…the tiny doors…the art festival..Dundalk…the puzzle… Thanks for taking us back to them again!

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  7. marianallen says:

    All wonderful! Enjoy your holiday break. ❀

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  8. What a year you had; loved seeing the best of your best doors for 2020.

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  9. Junie-Jesh says:

    Wow, you spent a lot of time doing this post, Jean! Love last white door with the compartments. That mural looks extremely involved!! (Hope I never take that up – it must be especially grueling to paint for a long time at another place outside than one’s house! Haha, I don’t remember you had posted this deer. Thanks for concocting such a re varied review! A merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year to you.

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