A number of years ago we while visiting my sister-in-law and brother-in-law we were able to make arrangements to meet an English blogger we knew from participation in the same weekly writing challenge and her husband. At that time, they spent the summer barging on French rivers and were gracious enough to invite us to meet them. We spend a lovely day on the river with them. Here’s a view from the boat and a door(way) which does not drop you into the water if you go through it even though it looks that way. You just end up on the deck of the boat.

If you travel by river, you’ll often have to go through a lock which is really just a door on the water.

If you’d like to read the original posts about the visit and river trip, you’ll find them here and here and you’ll find a lot more photos of the trip as well. Sandra’s also an accomplished writer (we met through Friday Fictioneers, where we told stories of 100 words based on the photo of the week) and her site is here, where you can also click on a link to read about their barging experiences.

Finally, here’s an unusual door, the door to an abandoned wasps’ nest. Isn’t the nest beautiful? I was happy that the wasps were no longer there and in France, if wasps decide to take up residence in your house or garage, it’s against the law to spray them. You have to call the fire department to come and take care of them.

Thursday Doors 4.14.22

  1. Sue says:

    Love the door on the boat

  2. Dan Antion says:

    The boat door is lovely, Janet, but I like the lock and the wasp nest. Interesting that the fire department has to be called. I’d be happy to call ours instead of dealing with those little rascals myself.

  3. I find the whole concept of locks on a river to be fascinating. A door on a river is a great description!
    Oh, and I’d be happy to call someone else to deal with those wasps. 🙂

    • Yeah, wasps aren’t fun to deal with, that’s for sure. Actually being in a lock was quite interesting and the whole trip was unique and completely enjoyable. Of course they were doing all the work. 🙂

  4. How luxurious! It really is like a floating room with a stunning view.

    • It had a surprising amount of room and the company and view would be hard to beat. 🙂 I wish they were still doing it and we could meet there again.

  5. peggy says:

    Nice door – does look like you could fall right into the river. How nice to meet a blogger friend.

  6. Ally Bean says:

    Great title for a post! I’m not familiar with Sandra but her blog looks interesting. I didn’t know you were part of the Friday Fictioneers but they do seem like a happy bunch!

    • Glad you liked the title, Ally. I like to get good titles. I did Friday Fictioneers for many years and really enjoyed it but time became an issues. It’s a great bunch of people.

  7. The river locks are amazing!

  8. Oh how lovely to cruise to the river in France! The doorway view was lovely.

  9. Emille says:

    Good to know that there’s a deck there:):) the wasp’s nest is beautiful! Emille

  10. JT Twissel says:

    That’s a pretty big wasp’s nest but it makes an interesting shot!

  11. Amy says:

    Great image of the last one! Clever, Janet!

  12. Wow, how cool to meet up with bloggers in France! Love the top photo!!

  13. memadtwo says:

    The wasp nest is indeed a work of art, even more so without any residents. I still have the vestiges of a wasp sting on my leg that flares up every once in awhile!
    Lovely to ride on a river… (k)

  14. slfinnell says:

    My uncle collected abandoned wasp nests and sprayed them with clear shellac to hang. As I understand, there’s quite a market for these.

  15. scooj says:

    Lock gates are fine doors indeed. Love the wasp nest. Interesting that you cannot spray them.

  16. Resa says:

    Love the one where it looks like you’ll end up in the water!