Archive for the ‘Thursday doors’ Category

I know. I said I was done with tiny doors but this week I had fun playing with editing in order to share these little doors. I haven’t been back to Redondo Beach yet, so where did I find them? Well…

…my late mom loved puzzles and when I saw this one, I laughed out loud and headed for my camera. It’s really true–doors are everywhere!

Thursday Doors 5.26.22

Thursday has rolled around once again (anyone else’s weeks seem to be speeding up?) which means it’s once again time for Thursday Doors. Hurrah! I thought I’d follow up my tiny doors with one door that really caught my eye during another Redondo Beach walk, although this one is anything but tiny.

Admittedly the door is beautiful but its surroundings make the entire effect both unique and attractive. So I’m including a view facing away from the door. Even if it’s not your style, I think it definitely has that “Wow” effect.

Dan, I don’t always say it, but thanks for taking TD over from Norm and, Norm, if you’re out there reading this, thanks for starting it.

These are the last of the tiny doors…until they come out with some new ones. You get two for the price of one in the first photo, two tiny houses with cute roofs.

Handel’s is a very tempting ice cream store not far from where our daughter and family live. The store is bigger than this of course but the flavor of the ice cream has full-sized flavor! Until I went to the website, I didn’t realize Handel’s started in 1945 in Youngstown, Ohio and has locations in a number of states. Check it out. There might be one near you.

This edition of tiny house/businesses ends at the yacht club. Apparently the water has retreated but the club still looks appealing. I hope you’ve enjoyed the latest iteration of the businesses of Redondo Beach.

Thursday Doors 5.12.22

Once upon a time I read about some of the most misunderstood song lyrics with “Blinded by the Light” at the top of the list I read. But my favorite is the line I used for the title which has been misunderstood to be ““Hold me closer Tony Danza.” Make me laugh every time I think about or hear it. Anyhoo…even though tiny, this fairy dancer really rather dwarfs Trader Joe’s and I haven’t seen her outside the TJ’s near our daughter’s apartment. But who knows? Perhaps she flits from store to store.

Evidently a spider decided the Sweetpea Pearl Shop needed some outside decoration which I didn’t notice until I got ready to post the photo. I was shell-shocked. 🙂 But it does have a nice little door with the doorknob in a unique location so I used the photo anyway.

Just in case anyone has any funny ideas about stealing any tiny houses or other objects, the owners of the yard are ready for them! Rather nice landscaping for a jail, don’t you think?

That’s it for today but tune in next Thursday for the last of the tiny doors! 😦

Thursday Doors 5.5.22

After we leave Sweet Wheat’s wonderful breakfast/coffee/snack, the first street headed for the ocean is a lovely one and yes, the one where all the tiny buildings are in one yard. You’ll be excited to know that they have an entirely different group of buildings there now and here are the first three, although it’s off to a doggone rocky start.

Music to your eyes!

This one even has a little mailbox. I’m so curious about where they get these. Does someone who lives here makes them? I can’t imagine buying round after round, but who knows? All I need to know is that most of you enjoy seeing them, so I’m happy to share new ones!

Thursday Doors…4.28.22

Due to my lack of good tagging, I’m not sure where in northeastern France this church door was located but who cares? It looks heavenly anywhere.

We stopped the car for this shot so I couldn’t do anything about the angle of the sun and its effect on my photo. The door’s hard to see but the rest looks pretty good.

We spotted this establishment on our way back from our wonderful day at a stage of the 2014 Tour de France, a stage that ended on the heart-taxing, back-breaking steepness of La Planche des Belles Filles. Imagine cycling at professional speed for 150 kilometers or so, then going steadily uphill for about 7k only to face a short section of 22-28 degrees where you need to be pushing hard to win the stage! It was hard enough walking all the distance. We noticed this bar-restaurant particularly because Bruno is our brother-in-law’s name. On a nice day it would be fun to sit outside eating and drinking.

A folk etymology, in contrast, holds that the mountain took its name from the time of the Thirty Years’ War. According to legend, young women from Plancher-les-Mines fled into the mountains to escape Swedish mercenaries as they feared being raped and massacred. Rather than surrender, they decided to commit suicide and jumped into a lake far below. One of the soldiers then took a board on which, with his dagger, he engraved an epitaph for the “beautiful girls”. A wooden statue, created by a local artist, is a reminder of the legend. Wikipedia

Very early tomorrow morning we’ll be out in the dark heading for California and our new grandson (and our daughter and son-in-law too naturally.) I’m not sure whether I’ll be posting or not but if not, you’ll know why not. 🙂

Thursday Doors 4/21/22

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

I’ve run out of relatively current doors so I’m going dumpster archive diving to Philadelphia, a city that always provides interesting doors. I’ve got a little of everything so everyone can hopefully find something s/he likes: wooden doors, metalwork, a side door, stonework, interesting windows, and more. What’s more eclectic than that? 🙂 Alas, I have no history for any of these doors but feel free to make up your own. Philly’s been around for many years, so you have a lot of choices.

The door and windows all present attractive glass and a bay window look always appeals to me.

Oh that all security would be this beautiful!

Flowers and vegetation make for a friendly look and take away the feel of being in a big city at least a little bit.

Thursday Doors 4.7.22

“You should expect visitors when you leave the door open.”
― Anthony T. Hincks

If you don’t have hands, traditional doors are difficult to open, so you must leave your door open all the times as in this rustic birdhouse in the Preserve, which is just waiting for visitors.

“Unusual doors often take you to the unusual worlds!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

I first saw insect houses in France but you can find them in the U.S. as well. This one in Tohono Chul made me wonder once again what sort of insects live here and would I want them around my house. I imagine birds might love insect houses but not for the same reason as the insects!

“Doors to beautiful things do not remain open forever. Be fast to enter inside!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

Monday Lisa from Micro of the Macro drove down from Flagstaff to visit the Riparian Preserve with me and just generally hang out, a return trip for the one I took to Flag months ago. We’d only met once and I was afraid I wouldn’t recognize her or she me so I made sure to text her where I was sitting at the coffee shop where we planned to meet. After coffee and talk, we spent a long time enjoy spring at the Preserve. Near one lake, I turned to see this soft, lovely little nest made of found material right at eye level. While it might be true that feathering your own nest is not necessarily considered good for humans, it’s obviously a great idea for birds.

Yes, we did have a great time as well as a delicious and healthy lunch at a new restaurant called Flower Child. Now I’m looking forward to my next trip “up north” to Flag.

Thursday Doors 3.31.22

Much as I love Thursday because it means it’s time for Thursday Doors, it sometimes seems that Thursday comes around more often than every seven days. Of course, it seems the same for all the other days of the week as well. But on Thursday we get to share doors, which is always fun. Today’s selection is the last from my several recent trips to California. The first is from one of the large houses along Manhattan Beach, although I like the attractive but unassuming look of this one as compared to some of the very fancy doors. Doesn’t mean the house isn’t large though. This door is along the street, not The Strand pedestrian path.

Although I understand the attraction of traveling with your own home, ala RV, I never want to drive something that big knowing that the people behind hate me or pay that much for gas. But a “tiny house” like this one could be useful, especially if the top pops up the way I think it does.

Finally, one last Manhattan door, an invisible door of the type that causes animals and small children to come to grief, possibly even the odd adult or two (not that the adult would have to be odd, but…). 🙂 I see I caught the bottom part of someone jogging by as well. Anyway, as I leave, I’ll just remind you of that famous Beach Boys song, “Wish they all could be California doors.” TTFN.