Archive for the ‘Thursday doors’ Category

A few days ago at Trader Joe’s I saw this beauty in the parking lot. As I was admiring it, the owner came out and opened the car for me. It’s a custom Studebaker with wood inside and out. And oh, yes…it has doors, too.

for Thursday Doors 3.4.21

These days you can legally get high in far too many places as far as I’m concerned. But I loved getting high with these doors in downtown Flagstaff, Arizona on Monday while meeting Lisa from Micro of the Macro. We had coffee at Late for the Train (trains are a big thing in Flagstaff, Dan), a tasty lunch at a Thai restaurant, and then browsed a variety of shops. I even got to see snow, although it was on the ground and it didn’t actually snow again until the next day when I wasn’t there. 😦

This door was in an interesting clothing store. Notice the driver? You can “bearly” see him. When that gas pump was in use, I bet prices were a lot lower than they are now. I remember gas wars when prices were down to $.25/gallon and even when I had my VW, $.50/gallon was common. If you feel like complaining about the prices now, however, try buying gas in Europe and the price is per liter!

This was the view from the coffee shop and the reason why we weren’t drinking outside. We were socially distanced, however, both from each other and from others.

The upper door does have a balcony, but I’d suggest still taking care. It’s not that big. 🙂

for Thursday Doors 2.18.21

I’m taking a break from my quest for “yellow” today to share one door and two gates that I found while visiting the Celebration of Fine Art show, running until March 16 in Scottsdale, AZ (https://celebrateart.com/). There are over 100 artists’ studios there, housed in an enormous tent, or more likely, several enormous tents. One of these artists is a perennial favorite of mine, Michael Jones. Michael told me he doesn’t have a website anymore but can be found on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/search/top?q=michael%20jones%20designs or search for Michael Jones Designs when you get there. He does much more than just gates and doors.

This first is an actual door, a screen door with a southwest motif. Would I have this on my door? You bet. On either side you can glimpse part of another type of sculpture Michael does, reminding me of what Chihuly might look like in metal.

The next two offerings are custom-made gates, the only kind he makes as each gate has to be made to fit its entrance. This first one is pretty sweet or may-bee a honey of a gate. Yes, I can’t resist a pun every now and then.

This gate featuring a bighorn sheep is one Michael made for himself…about 10 years ago, if I remember correctly. But he’s kept so busy make gates, doors, tables, and other sculptures that he just finally got around to building the wall on his northern Montana property that will showcase the gate. That’s patience and I’m sure he, his wife, and any visitors will greatly enjoy it.

If you visit Michael on Facebook, be sure to comment and also mention you saw his work on my blog. I’ll have a few more gates next week, too.

for Thursday Doors 2.11.21

My last real trip was a driving trip to Pasadena to visit our daughter and son-in-law. One morning after stopping for coffee, we took a drive to an upscale neighborhood to take a safe, mask-less walk. The grand houses mostly had grand gates and since the gates were closer to the road than the houses, which were often not only far from the sidewalk but behind trees and other landscaping, they were much easier to capture in iPhone photos. These three certainly didn’t let down their houses.

for Thursday Doors 2.4.21

While archive diving for this week, I realized I didn’t really get too many door photos during my last (2019) visit to France. But I did find at least a couple that aren’t the usual run-of-the-mill doors. This first one, while not a great photo, is a door to something you probably haven’t seen: a walk-up egg automat. You can see the egg cartons filled with organic eggs and on the left a list of prices, 2-3 Euros, and a description of the eggs. Put in your money and take your eggs. No refrigeration either.

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The unique thing about this door as well as the shutters is that there’s nothing behind any of them, like a movie set on the second and third floors. However in Europe, that would be the first and second floor, the floors above the ground floor.

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The yellow door on the left leads to a property à vendre, for sale. The door on the right? Apparently beer at least is involved. The Licence IV sign you see on the wall on the right is the French permit allowing cafes, brasseries, (French restaurants selling simple food), and restaurants to serve alcohol. The official signs are bolted to the walls of the establishments.

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Ok, we’ve got eggs and alcohol. Maybe an omelet and a glass of wine? I imagine there’s a pâtisserie nearby where we can get dessert. Gotta go! Are you coming?

for Thursday Doors 1.28.21

I had to add a bit of light to this photo of a French door because the position and intensity of the sun made it difficult to see the wonderful details. Then I needed to get closer so you could really appreciate them. Have to admit that I’m sorry I missed my yearly trip to France last year. Maybe this year. I’d love to get some more doors to share. In the meanwhile, enjoy this one. And don’t forget to have a bit of fun with today’s date, 1.21.21, which is a palindrome, meaning it reads the same forwards and backwards. Just thought you’d like to know. Getting my math geek on for you, Dan.

for Thursday Doors 1.21.21

B&B. Birds and bats. Even though the Preserve is all about nature, there are some doors, just not doors you normally see. We’ll start with a bird door (although the door is actually the top.)

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Then we’ll go with a bat door. Narrow doors keep out non-bats.

Then back to bird doors, this time towards the top of Mt. Lemmon near Tucson. These are high-altitude doors. Looks like someone graffiti-ed it. 🙂

for Thursday Doors 1.14.21

Before we moved, on the list of places I wanted to visit and support was Hayden Flour Mills. Located not far from where we live, they stone mill their non-GMO, organic White Sonoran Wheat. In mid-December, they hosted a Holiday Fair & Farmer’s Market featuring local vendors and food trucks. It wasn’t large, but we got some delicious products: dark chocolate, homemade pasta, small batch salsas, fresh veggies (including carrots that tasted like carrots but had their own personalities), and of course, flour.

But when we walked in, we were greeted by these vehicles, including this great Jeep. May I have one?

for Thursday Doors 1.7.21

I’m usually too lazy to go back and look at all the doors or gates I shared in a year, but I’ve decided to make the effort this year. Of course that creates a new problem: which doors to choose?? I’m going with some favorites from each of the places I usually find doors.

The door that no one really cared about, from the visitor’s center at Saguaro National Park…

Keep on truckin’. From Chicago’s WNDR Museum…

The door to a Wyoming sheepherder’s home…

Found in Pasadena, California…

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And, of course, from France…

for Thursday Doors 12.17.20

What’s a good activity during Covid while visiting a daughter and her husband in southern California? Let’s grab some coffee, then go walking in a neighborhood filled with elegant homes. Caffeine, exercise, good company, and doors. What’s not to like? There should be lots of doors, which means handing off my coffee regularly so I can take photos. What I didn’t take into account is that in such a neighborhood everyone has gates and many doors are too far away for my phone camera. However, here are some of the doors I did get and you’ll be getting gates at some point.

Decked out for Christmas.

This is the quintessential California look, don’t you think, and it looks more livable to me.

If you took away the house around it, this would make a marvelous door for a mausoleum, don’t you think?

for Thursday Doors 12.10.20