Thursday Doors – Final Vintage


This is the last of my vintage Thursday Doors and it’s certainly a very mixed bag. I’ll start with the vehicles that have actual doors attached to them, like the Kenworth truck above.


There were a few tractors with doors but the older ones without them were much more interesting.



These motorcycles definitely didn’t have any doors attached either.


For anyone who loves vintage, whatever era, this event was fascinating. Being in a DIY frame of mind with our house renovations the following images really meant a lot to us.



One Hundred Years of Hammers (1890-1990)

There was so much to take in, this slide show is only a fraction of what was on display.


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I particularly liked the painted tractor seats, they would make great bar stools although I might add a cushion for comfort. Thanks for stopping by, I hope you enjoyed this drive down memory lane. For a great selection of international Thursday Doors, 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 – More Vintage


Continuing with the vintage theme for this week’s Thursday Doors, we go even further back in time with these beauties.



Some older models were quite colourful.


This next one has an interesting history attached to it.

Our first car wasn’t quite as vintage but worth including, I think.


Did anyone else own a Renault 4 at any stage? We sold our motorbike when we were expecting our first child and took off at weekends, camping all over Ireland. In the photo you can see our dog, Bruno, chewing happily on a bone, he came with us on every trip. The back of the car served us well as a kitchen and the tent was almost tall enough to stand up in. Sure, what more could you ask for on a camping trip? Unfortunately and ironically, five months after this photo was taken, a motorcyclist crashed into us head-on on a bend, (he was overtaking a car) and we lost both the car and our poor dog. Thankfully, our daughter was born healthy and none the worse for the accident. The motorcyclist and his passenger were both fine, too, in spite of being thrown off their bike. The passenger went over the roof of our car and landed on the road behind us. It was a good job Mr. R. was driving slowly and carefully, it was a road with many sharp bends, or we could all have been a lot worse off.

Thanks for stopping by this week and for the next Thursday Doors I’ll still be in vintage mode but with an agricultural slant. For a nice selection of interesting doors, check out Norm’s blog.



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Thursday Doors – Vintage

Some unusual Thursday Doors this week from a huge vintage event that was held at the Cavan Equestrian Centre last month. I reckon a lot of love and a ton of elbow grease went into producing the fabulous shine on these cars.

It makes me feel old to think we once owned a Mini and felt cool to have a fairly modern car, lol. By the time we bought a Beetle they were considered retro. Sadly, it never made it onto the road but our children had a great time driving it around the acre of land that we lived on at the time.

Next week I’ll step even further back in time with a few more vintage beauties. Thanks for stopping by and if you carry on over to Norm’s blog, you’ll find a wide and varied selection of Thursday Doors on offer. Click the blue ‘frog’ link at the end of his post to access them.

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Thursday Doors


I’ve missed a few Thursday Doors posts lately as we don’t yet have the internet in the house but at least I can access it three days a week in our local library or on the boat, so I can’t complain. This week, I’m posting the last of my photographs from Scotland and they are all very different from each other. This first one is of a storage container at my grandson’s school. Cheerful, isn’t it? The next structure is less colourful and very different from the original buildings in East Calder.


It’s the new Civic Centre and has a ‘green’ or ‘living’ roof. The brick walls are supposed to reflect the grey stone of the old houses in the village. What do you think?



This is what the main street looked like in the past, at a time when most of the residents had to collect their water from wells situated throughout the village.


Well, I’ve returned to Ireland, having spent a wonderful time with family in Scotland. They’re moving back soon, and then all of our grandchildren will be within a few hours drive and I won’t have to board any planes to see them (I hate flying). I’m also really looking forward to exploring county Cavan and the surrounding area. Last weekend we attended a huge event at a nearby equestrian centre, so next week’s post will have an unusual selection of doors – and they have nothing to do with horses. Here’s a sneak preview:


Thanks a million for stopping by and if you scoot on over to Norm’s blog you’ll find a wonderful selection of doors by clicking the blue ‘frog’ link at the end of his post.




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Thursday Doors – East Calder


Still in Scotland for this week’s Thursday Doors and I really feel at home here. The countryside reminds me a lot of Ireland but the villages are quite different. Most of the town houses in Ireland are painted and maybe that’s to brighten everything up a bit in a climate that’s prone to wet weather and grey skies. Although Scotland gets its fair share of cloud and rain, I haven’t seen too many painted houses, at least not in this area. But I’m not complaining, as I love the look of a stone building. Here’s a sample of what’s to be seen in the village of East Calder;

This quaint little village stands on the banks of the river Almond, which flows through some beautiful woodland.


I was so chilled out on my walk in this lovely setting, I almost forgot to take photos.

It was my daughter who pointed out a tiny door across the river that I could use for my post this week. Can you see it through the branches of those trees?


The road through the village was known as the Great Turnpike Road and was previously used by the drovers who herded their beasts from Edinburgh. Others drove their cattle from the Highlands and Islands via Perth, Crieff, Falkirk and Linlithgow (featured in last week’s post) to Mid Calder which was a market village. With the widening of the road gave local people employment, among them some of the smaller landowners. The money they earned enabled them to purchase more land and cattle and the district became a major milk and butter distributor to the city of Edinburgh. With the advent of the Railway in 1846 the population of the villages increased. East Calder in 1861 had a population of 552, in 1871 it was 589, in 1881 the total was 754 and in 1891 it grew to 974. Today it is in the region of 5,600. *

I hope you enjoyed this week’s tour around East Calder. I’ll have some more images from around the town next week. If you’d like to have a look at a selection of international Thursday Doors, click the ‘blue frog’ link on Norm’s blog.

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Thursday Doors – September 28, 2017

Interesting Thursday Doors on Norm’s blog this week.

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Viking Doors – L’Anse Aux Meadows – Newfoundland (part 1)

After we finished the hiking portion of our time in Gros Morne National Park we hit the road and drove up to the tip of Newfoundland’s northern peninsula to the L’Anse-aux-Meadows National Historic site.

A Unesco World Heritage site since 1978, this internationally renowned archaeological site was discovered in 1960 and contains the only confirmed Norse settlement in North America to date.

Sitting at the edge of a meadow on what feels like the ends of the earth, the…

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Thursday Doors – Linlithgow


The weather has been lovely in this part of Scotland over the past few days, ideal for exploring the area in search of castles, ruins and of course, doors. I featured the ruined palace at Linlithgow a couple of years ago for a Thursday Doors post, where Mary, Queen of Scots was born, as was King James V.

Not much has changed since my last visit. Thankfully, the old palace hasn’t fallen down and the lovely park surrounding it is still beautifully maintained.

Even the swans and other water fowl are still as friendly as ever – especially when food is on offer (although, I don’t think bread is the ideal diet for them).


My youngest grandchild didn’t seem too impressed and slept through the whole ‘doorscursion’.


But seeing as she is only a couple of weeks old, who could blame her?

Here’s an interesting door to finish off this post. It’s one my son-in-law took for me, of an old church door in the grounds of an abandoned hospital in Bangor, only a ten minute drive from their home. There’s a lot of history attached to this place and we are hoping to take a trip there soon.


If you would like to see more Thursday Doors from around the globe, have a look at Norm’s blog and click the blue ‘frog’ link at the bottom of his post. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by.





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Thursday Doors – Edinburgh


I’m in East Calder, near Edinburgh for a few weeks, which is a great place to find some interesting Thursday Doors to post. Grandchild number five has arrived and I’ve left Mr. R. and The Gaffer to finish off the bathroom renovation. Of course, I’m feeling really guilty holding a sweet little baby instead of a sheet of plasterboard – not.


After showing me around the area and treating me to a coffee and carrot cake, my grandson brought me to the library to investigate the theory of wormholes and when he walked through the door he spotted one of my books on display and was chuffed. I knew my daughter had left one in with them a couple of years ago, so I wasn’t too surprised to see it there but the librarian asked me to sign it and made me feel like a bit of a celebrity.


After our visit to the library, we explored the old church and graveyard. It took us a while to find any doors to photograph but there was one, or should I say, the remains of it. Can you spot it in the wall?


This is the ruins of St. Cuthbert’s Kirk, a 16th-century church which was abandoned in the 1750’s.

Across the road stands a church that was built in 1886, which is still in use today.

No doubt, I’ll be off with my grandson to explore the area again, so I’ll pay another visit to the library and dig up a bit of local history for next week’s Thursday Doors. In the meantime, why not check out Norm’s blog and see what doors are on offer there.








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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


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.


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.


The hens are not real!

I took shots from every angle.


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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