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Thursday Doors

18-05-17

Orthez, Aquitaine, France

A bit of a cop out really, but my excuse is 2 weeks of man flu and not very good weather. Hopefully I’ll be out and about soon and have some new doors to post. These images are from around 2006 and taken on a film camera.

Check out the excellent Norm 2.0 blog for a great selection of doors from around the globe.

My friends moved out to Aquitaine to set up a Bed & Breakfast, which I have visited many times. It’s such a lovely area, and I hope to be seeing them again later this year. The nearest town of any size is Orthez, it’s a set on the Gave de Pau, has some great buildings and more importantly some great doors.

Gave de Pau
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14th Century Bridge & Tower
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I guess I’ve always liked photographing doors, archways, and gates !

This One Was For Sale
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This is What the Rest of it Looked Like
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If only I’d had a million or two.

All Good Things
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Pastries, Chocolates, and Beer, what more do you want ?

Furniture
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Religious Building
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Really liked the Ivy and the doorway of course.

Thursday Doors

27-04-17

I’m a little bit late posting, went out for a few beers with some old friends last night, didn’t get back home until 12.45am.

Anyway here’s my contribution to Norm 2.0’s excellent “Thursday Doors” blog.

The weather on Tuesday was really good, so I set off for a walk to town on a different route to the one I normally take. I wanted to photograph some Georgian doors near to Leicester Prison ! (fondly known as Leicester Castle)

Leicester De Montfort Hall
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Before heading to the prison area I stopped off at De Montfort Hall, the flowers in the grounds looked really good considering the bad weather we have had over the last few weeks. I’ve seen some great bands at this venue over the years, Pink Floyd, Captain Beefheart, Eric Clapton and Kraftwerk to name just a few. 

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This place is being refurbished so I was glad I got this shot.

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This used to be the Norwich Union Insurance offices, it’s now been refurbished and turned into apartments.

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Heading towards the prison area I spotted this rather nice plaque.

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There seemed to be a huge difference in the condition of the properties in this area.

And To Finish With
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I’m sure I read somewhere that this building used to originally be a Harmonium manufactures premises, but I can’t find the information so I could be completely wrong. 

Thursday Doors

20-04-17

I’ve not really been anywhere for photographing doors over the last week. The weather apart from a few days has been cold and dull and when the sun was shining I was catching up on garden chores or going to see some bands playing, which inevitably involves drinking beer :>)

Here are a few doors for Norm 2.0 ‘s excellent “Thursday Doors” blog. I’ve been collecting examples of original domestic doors, there aren’t that many left nowadays, most being replaced by plastic or aluminum. The one I forgot to take a photo of is my own !

Columns, Portholes, and Stained Glass
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Plain But Original
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The One On The Left I Think
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1930’s I Would Guess
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As It Was Built
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And A Grand One To Finish With
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Thursday Doors

13-04-17

Managed a short visit to Oakham in Rutland this week, (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rutland) the weather forecast was reasonable and it’s only two stops down the line from my hometown. It’s been a long time since I visited Oakham for sightseeing, used to go there 2 or 3 times a month for business when I still worked. It’s a lovely old market town and most importantly has a fine selection of doors for my contribution to the excellent Norm 2.0 “Thursday Doors” Blog.

Oakham Cemetery
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You can see the cemetery from the railway as you enter Oakham, it looked interesting so went straight there from the station. I know it’s not really a door but it’s a lovely building and entrance way. The lodge is Grade-II listed.

Oakham Cemetery Chapel
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On the High Street
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Partial selfie !

The Dentists Door !
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Can’t have too many Blue doors.

All Saints Church
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The Post Office
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From The Side Streets
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There are some lovely cottages along the side streets, a lot of them are constructed from the local stone and many have thatched roofs. Really enjoyed the visit to Oakham.

Thursday Doors

23-02-17

A few doors for the excellent “Thursday Doors” blog over at Norm 2.0

The weather has been it’s usual (not good) in my part of the UK. Today has been really stormy and I’m now missing a few fencing panels :>(

So this will be an eclectic mix from the archives.

Purple #1
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Almost a selfie

Purple #2
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Blue #1
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Detail
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Blue #2
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Tucked away and forgotten

Aztec ?
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One from last week, It reminded me of Aztec architecture, but that could just be me !

Thursday Doors

16-02-17

Here’s my contribution to “Thursday Doors” over at the excellent  Norm 2.0  blog.

I was trying out a film camera I had just bought from that auction site and went visiting the street I grew up on.

The Old House
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The windows are different, so is the door, and the white rendering is new,  but the front wall is original. It was a happy time for me growing up on that street.

Just Around The Corner
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I couldn’t resist this one. great textures and muted colours. Used to be part of the doctors house, always pristine in green gloss surrounded by red brick.

Back to the Olympus digital for the rest. Weather really hasn’t been that good over the last few weeks (roll on springtime) So this selection is a bit limited.

Former Guild Hall For The Disabled
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Another building I didn’t know about. According to the information board the hall was opened in 1909 as a social centre for people with physical disabilities. It’s now a Sikh temple and I was invited to drop in anytime for food and a chat.

Premier
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On the corner of the road where the Guild Hall is situated.

Mercury
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One of the reliefs either side of the front entrance.

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According to a bit of information I found this used to be a shoe and leather warehouse built in 1875. The reliefs are of  Minerva and Mercury, “classical protectors of business and craftsmanship” something else I’ve learn’t. Fortunately the building is Grade II listed.

Thursday Doors

09-02-2017

Been trying (with limited success) to get some door theme’s together for future “Thursday Doors” postings over at the Norm 2.0  blog, do go and check it out. It’s been difficult to get any decent images because the weather has been dull and grey in my part of the UK.

Have You Made Your Peace it says on one of the signs
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Fortunately Monday of this week was bright and sunny and I managed to get this unusual one on a visit to the area I grew up in. Then I filled up my memory card and had forgotten to put a spare in the bag.

Great Live Music Pub
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It’s been a while since I’ve been to this pub, they have great music nights and excellent beer. Getting there is no problem, it’s getting back that’s difficult !

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After
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This is a lovely old bank building in the centre of Leicester and it has recently been restored and turned into a steak house.

Seventh Day Adventist Church
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Great carvings either side of the door.