Posts Tagged ‘doors’

Besides beautiful old buildings and doors, Pasadena has classic gates. Let’s take a quick look.

“There are so many doors to open. I am impatient to begin.” –Charlie Gordan”― Daniel Keyes, Flowers for Algernon

“Either you enter the interesting gates and experience interesting things or you stand behind the gates and sit cowardly!”
― Mehmet Murat ildan

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Philadelphia, city of brotherly love, is the location of our virtual doorscursion. Here in Arizona, I’m excited because we have visitors through the weekend, our older daughter and her husband. We are socially distancing and no hugging, but it’s fun to have company in our new house.

The houses/buildings with these doors aren’t new, but they and their surroundings have the details we all enjoy so much. So enjoy away and happy Thursday!

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Let’s skedaddle to Philadelphia for this week’s set of doors. Everyone wearing their masks? I picked out three I really liked, then realized that they’re all doubles and the first two are double doubles. They also have a great deal of stately gravitas. But what can you expect of a city founded in 1652 by the Quaker William Penn?

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We’re told to support local business, so why not local doors? This one is from a local coffee shop chain called Dutch Bros. Coffee. I thought perhaps the chain was local, but it’s not. I do like their sense of humor, though. I did support a local chain yesterday morning when I got a dark chocolate mocha at Coffee Rush. 🙂

This is as local as it gets: a partial view of the front door of our rental house and one of the three garage doors. The screen door has a sun screen, rather than a traditional screen, called a bug screen here. A three-car garage is highly desirable, as there are no basements, making storage space a problem. This door opens by hand and inside there are cabinets along the wall adjoining the house, so no car could be parked there. But lots of boxes, bikes, and more thankfully have taken up residence there! Many people use one or more garage spaces for storage and park vehicles outside. No basements here!

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Since most of us have been staying in a good deal of the time, I thought I’d share some doors from our house. The first are on a cherry china hutch that my husband had before we met. It houses his collection of Waterford crystal (Lismore pattern) as well as various crystal and glass items from my grandmother and great-aunt. Those copper cups? They’re for Moscow mules. 🙂

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Pasadena has many beautiful old homes and and the old part of downtown has its share of lovely buildings. I like cities where new businesses are found in old buildings, a sort of honoring of past and present together. Here are three of my favorite entryways in old town.

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This week we have more random French doors, but with a bit of a linguistic twist. The first is the door to a cave. No, not a door to a cave, but to a cave (cahv), French for cellar. Of course it is a bit like a cave, but a cave that houses wine sometimes or, in this case, a variety of spirits for the distillery above. In a very un-American way, there was an entire bottle of whisky with small glasses for tasting and no one there to be sure you didn’t have two samples! Quelle horreur!*

This is a wild boar door. 🙂 Sangliers can cause all sorts of destruction, despite how cute these look on the outside of this small hunting cabin. From experience I can testify that the meat when smoked is delicious!

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For Thursday Doors

A few days ago after running some necessary errands, we decided to drive a bit further to Queen Creek Olive Mill, a place I’d visited once some years earlier. They were open and encouraging social distancing, but there weren’t many people so we took our time browsing.

Besides the olives, they sell a plethora of olive products as well as products from local producers who share their values. They also sell some meals for two to take home and, as you can see, pizza. Wouldn’t you love to have an oven like this one in your backyard? 🙂 These doors are definitely in good taste!

for Thursday Doors

As you can no doubt tell from the title, these three doors come from France, at a former monastery now artists’ colony. Of course at Thursday Doors, we consider the doors art as well.

In this time of social distancing/isolation/quarantining , the internet provides us with the opportunity of social interaction without fear of sickness. Today even more than ever, this is a true blessing.

I’ve also seen children out playing in their yards, shooting baskets in the drive way, or walking with their parents. I’ve seen couples walking hand in hand. I’ve not seen phones. This too is a small series of blessings in a time when we would do well to remember the good.

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