Thursday doors – 23 June 2022

Doors 187 – Porto doors (Part 1)

A little part of me was rather hoping that Porto (or Oporto in Portuguese), meant door, as Porte in French and Porta in Italian do, however it means ‘harbour’. In a way though, I guess that a harbour is a type of doorway into a city/town, so I will run with the analogy because it works for Thursday doors.

At the very start of June my daughter and I went to Porto in the north of Portugal, for a mini-break, and what an amazing city it is. Over the three full days we walked miles and miles up and down steep hills but without a plan, and we were rewarded with making some incredible discoveries. The other thing about not having a plan is that stopping to take photographs of doors is completely legitimate, and my daughter was most accommodating in this respect.

This is the first of several Porto door posts, which I will be sharing over the coming weeks when time permits. Forgive me if I become a bit of a Porto door bore. I hope you enjoy this first selection:

Small church door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Small church door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Fish Fish and door below, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Fish Fish and door below, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Red door on the waterfront, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Red door on the waterfront, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Not a door, but a very beautiful doorway, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Not a door, but a very beautiful doorway, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Red panelled door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Red panelled door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Green double door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022
Green double door, Porto, Portugal, June 2022

These doors are just a taster of what is to come, and I am very much looking forward to sharing them with you. Have a fabulous weekend wherever you are.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors, and you really ought to take a look at the No Facilities blog by Dan Anton who has taken over the hosting of Thursday Doors  from Norm 2.0 blog. Links to more doorscursions can be found in the comments section of Dan Anton’s Thursday Doors post.

by Scooj

Thursday doors – 16 June 2022

Doors – 186 – Westminster doors

I have been very challenged in recent weeks with finding time to write Thursday doors posts and equally frustratingly I have neglected my reading of other bloggers’ posts, so I apologise for the radio silence and promise to catch up on my reading when I get a moment.

This post will necessarily be quite brief and is the third instalment of Westminster doors from visiting my London office back in May. I hope you enjoy this little selection:

A fine pair of doors with an impressive shared awning, Westminster, London, May 2022
A fine pair of doors with an impressive shared awning, Westminster, London, May 2022

Bold wooden door and stone surround, Wesminster, London, May 2022
Bold wooden door and stone surround, Westminster, London, May 2022

Stunning and austere period door, Westminster, London, May 2022
Stunning and austere period door, Westminster, London, May 2022

Nice wooden door with glass panels, Westminster, London, May 2022
Nice wooden door with glass panels, Westminster, London, May 2022

An extraordinary door and carved wooden surround and awning, Westminster, London, May 2022
An extraordinary door and carved wooden surround and awning, Westminster, London, May 2022

Three doors, including a tradesman's entrance, Westminster, London, May 2022
Three doors, including a tradesman’s entrance, Westminster, London, May 2022

That pretty much rounds it off this week, and for Westminster doors for a little while – my next series of posts will feature doors from Porto, Portugal, and you are in for a little bit of a treat.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors, and you really ought to take a look at the No Facilities blog by Dan Anton who has taken over the hosting of Thursday Doors  from Norm 2.0 blog. Links to more doorscursions can be found in the comments section of Dan Anton’s Thursday Doors post.

by Scooj

Thursday doors – 26 May 2022

Doors – 185 – Westminster doors

Still the pressure of work prohibits as full a post as I should like to write this morning for Thursday doors. The selection I have for you this week is another batch of doors from Westminster, where I have to work about once a month. On my work trips, I take the opportunity to photograph a few doors, to spice up the walk from Westminster station to the office.

I guess I am fortunate that the walk takes me through some extraordinary and historic places, and it is all too easy to take such things for granted. Anyhoo, I hope you enjoy today’s selection:

Westminster door with beautiful fanlight, Westminster, London, May 2022
Westminster door with beautiful fanlight, Westminster, London, May 2022

Westminster Mansions door, Westminster, London, May 2022
Westminster Mansions door, Westminster, London, May 2022

Enormous doorway to Romney House, Westminster, London, May 2022
Enormous doorway to Romney House, Westminster, London, May 2022

Ghost door at Phillimore Chambers, Westminster, London, May 2022
Ghost door at Phillimore Chambers, Westminster, London, May 2022

Beautiful arched nine-panel black door, Westminster, London, May 2022
Beautiful arched nine-panel black door, Westminster, London, May 2022

So that is it for another week. No doors from me next week as I will be on a mini-break with my daughter. Of course, I will take the opportunity to go on a couple of doorscursions!

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors, and you really ought to take a look at the No Facilities blog by Dan Anton who has taken over the hosting of Thursday Doors  from Norm 2.0 blog. Links to more doorscursions can be found in the comments section of Dan Anton’s Thursday Doors post.

by Scooj

4452. Picton Lane (14)

Kosc appears to have made himself very much at home in Picton Lane and the surrounding area in Montpelier. If you visit Bristol and want to see some sensational street art, then you could do a lot worse than head down to Picton Lane for a quick gander. This piece is from a little while ago, but I photographed it along with two others on a recent visit.

Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022

The whole thing reminds me of a Canadian Mountie, which may or may not be the intention. Knowing Kosc, there is probably a whole story behind this piece, but I don’t know what that might be. Kosc is experimenting with distortion, a common theme for street artists, and carries it off with some style.

Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022

The portrait is the O in the letters K SC to make KOSC. The whole thing is painted on a garage door (one for a future Thursday doors methinks) which is not the easiest of surfaces, but the artist has done well to make it work. There was a van parked in front of the piece when I visited, but fortunately the driver was sitting in it and very kindly moved out of the way for me to take pictures, we then struck up a conversation about the artwork – it is nice how things like that happen.

Thursday doors – 19 May 2022

Doors 184 – Street art doors in Bristol

Another very quick one today, as I am in Somerset at the declaration of a new National Nature Reserve. I have drafted up this post yesterday evening so that I can participate in Thursday doors (going above and beyond).

These doors are some more street art doors, all of which have been posted on my blog before, but not as Thursday doors, so most of you won’t have seen them before. They were originally posted in October and November last year, I hope you enjoy them…

Irony, West Street, Bristol, October 2021, Upfest 21
Irony, West Street, Bristol, October 2021, Upfest 21

Dan Kitchener, Regent Street, Weston-super-Mare, September 2021
Dan Kitchener, Regent Street, Weston-super-Mare, September 2021

Ryder, City Road, Bristol, October 2021
Ryder, City Road, Bristol, October 2021

Laic217, Catherine Mead Street, Bristol, November 2021
Laic217, Catherine Mead Street, Bristol, November 2021

Gage Graphics, Alpine Road, Bristol, November 2021
Gage Graphics, Alpine Road, Bristol, November 2021

The Hass, Upper York Street, Bristol, November 2021
The Hass, Upper York Street, Bristol, November 2021

John D'oh, North Street, Bristol, April 2016
John D’oh, North Street, Bristol, April 2016

John D'oh, Gloucester Road, Bristol, November 2021
John D’oh, Gloucester Road, Bristol, November 2021

Farrah, Richmond Street, Weston-super-Mare, September 2021
Farrah, Richmond Street, Weston-super-Mare, September 2021

John D'oh, Princess Street, Burnham-on-Sea, September 2021
John D’oh, Princess Street, Burnham-on-Sea, September 2021

John D'oh, Princess Street, Burnham-on-Sea, September 2021
John D’oh, Princess Street, Burnham-on-Sea, September 2021

There are definitely one or two crackers in that lot. I hope you enjoy them.

Quick and simple this week – I might have time for some more Westminster doors next week…

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors, and you really ought to take a look at the No Facilities blog by Dan Anton who has taken over the hosting of Thursday Doors  from Norm 2.0 blog. Links to more doorscursions can be found in the comments section of Dan Anton’s Thursday Doors post.

by Scooj

Thursday doors – 12 May 2022

Doors 183 – Westminster doors

You may recall that I occasionally have team meetings in London. Well, with a return to blended working, occasional has turned into regular monthly meetings, the most recent of which was last Friday. The office is in Westminster, and this time I decided to change my normal route to work from the tube station, to give myself a bit of a doorscursion through some of the more interesting bits of the City of Westminster.

No visit to Westminster is complete without at least a glance at Westminster Abbey, but there are many other notable buildings in the area, and some extraordinary offices and private homes too. I think that this selection shows off some truly magnificent doors that Westminster has to offer. I hope you enjoy these gems.

Westminster Abbey doors, Westminster, London, May 2022
Westminster Abbey doors, Westminster, London, May 2022

Westminster Abbey doors, Westminster, London, May 2022
Westminster Abbey doors, Westminster, London, May 2022

Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, May 2022
Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, May 2022

Doors on a building adjacent to the abbey, Westminster, London, May 2022
Doors on a building adjacent to the abbey, Westminster, London, May 2022

Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, May 2022
Westminster Abbey, Westminster, London, May 2022

The Supreme Court door and doorway with stunning carvings, Westminster, London, May 2022
The Supreme Court door and doorway with stunning carvings, Westminster, London, May 2022

There will be more doors from Westminster next time, but until then, may I wish you a very enjoyable weekend.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors, and you really ought to take a look at the No Facilities blog by Dan Anton who has taken over the hosting of Thursday Doors  from Norm 2.0 blog. Links to more doorscursions can be found in the comments section of Dan Anton’s Thursday Doors post.

by Scooj

4416. Picton Lane (13)

I cannot really find the words to express just how good an artist Kosc is. His work seems to get better and better and as he progresses, he keeps raising the bar. Here we have an artist who seems to be at ease with his chosen materials and who creates outstanding work, but continues to push his boundaries.

Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022

This amazing piece in Picton Lane has a hint of the Sistine Chapel about it with two outstretched hands making finger contact set against a green leafy backdrop, including shadows cast against it. Kosc enjoys his anatomical pieces and appears to study the shape and form of bodies.

Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022
Kosc, Picton Lane, Bristol, April 2022

This piece feels like a study, and something that would sit comfortably in an artist’s studio, and is simply amazing to see in its location. Difficult to photograph without a wide-angle lens, but I think you can get a sense of it, and quite weird to think that there is door behind this. A supreme work from Kosc.

Thursday doors – 28 April 2022

Doors 182 – Doors of Montpelier, Bristol

A quick introduction this week – work pressures are as heavy as ever. These doors were photographed on a dog walk a week or so ago, in a nearby area of Bristol called Montpelier (or Montepeculiar by some), famed for the Bohemian lifestyle of its inhabitants, whether accurately or not. I hope you enjoy my little tour of doors in the district.

Green door with a fabulous lizard knocker, Montpelier, Bristol, April 2022
Green door with a fabulous lizard knocker, Montpelier, Bristol, April 2022

Mr Bloopy door, Montpelier, Bristol, April 2022
Mr Bloopy door, Montpelier, Bristol, April 2022

Number 33 - distressed door, Montpelier, Bristol, April 2022
Number 33 – distressed door, Montpelier, Bristol, April 2022

Door and shuttered garage, Montpelier, Bristol, April 2022
Door and shuttered garage, Montpelier, Bristol, April 2022

Alex Lucas artwork around a blue door, Montpelier, Bristol, April 2022
Alex Lucas artwork around a blue door, Montpelier, Bristol, April 2022

Red door, lilac walls and a temple, Montpelier, Bristol, April 2022
Red door, lilac walls and a temple, Montpelier, Bristol, April 2022

So that’s it for another week. May I wish you all a very happy weekend.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors, and you really ought to take a look at the No Facilities blog by Dan Anton who has taken over the hosting of Thursday Doors  from Norm 2.0 blog. Links to more doorscursions can be found in the comments section of Dan Anton’s Thursday Doors post.

by Scooj

One Wall – many faces (2)

Looking at a single wall and how it changes over time.

2. Door on the M32 Cycle path, Bristol

Daz Cat, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2020
Daz Cat, M32 cycle path, Bristol, May 2020

Slakarts, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2020
Slakarts, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, October 2020

Soap, M32 cycle path, Bristol, December 2020
Soap, M32 cycle path, Bristol, December 2020

Hanski, M32 cycle path, Bristol, January 2021
Hanski, M32 cycle path, Bristol, January 2021

Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, August 2021
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, August 2021

Bogat, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, March 2022
Bogat, M32 Cycle path, Bristol, March 2022

 

Thursday Doors – 21 April 2022

Doors 181 – another instalment of street art doors

When I am super-busy, I tend to share doors that I have posted previously on Natural Adventures, under the street art category, and today’s post is one of those. You might have to look quite hard to find the doors in some of these images, but they are there. It is nice to repurpose these pictures and give them a second life. These doors were originally posted in August and September last year:

The Hass and Paul Monsters, Ashton Road, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21
The Hass and Paul Monsters, Ashton Road, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21

 

Sophie Long, North Street, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21
Sophie Long, North Street, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21

 

Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, August 2021
Laic217, M32 cycle path, Bristol, August 2021

 

Jay Sharples, North Street, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21
Jay Sharples, North Street, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21

 

Irony, Alexandra Parade, Weston-super-Mare, September 2021
Irony, Alexandra Parade, Weston-super-Mare, September 2021

 

Roo, East Street, Bristol, July 2021, Upfest 21
Roo, East Street, Bristol, July 2021, Upfest 21

 

Silent Hobo, Ruby Street, Bristol, September 2021, Upfest 21
Silent Hobo, Ruby Street, Bristol, September 2021, Upfest 21

 

Curtis Hylton, Chessel Street, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21
Curtis Hylton, Chessel Street, Bristol, August 2021, Upfest 21

So, that’s it for another week. I hope to resume with some doors of Bristol I recently photographed next week.

If you have made it this far, you probably like doors, and you really ought to take a look at the No Facilities blog by Dan Anton who has taken over the hosting of Thursday Doors  from Norm 2.0 blog. Links to more doorscursions can be found in the comments section of Dan Anton’s Thursday Doors post.

by Scooj