Thursday doors -16 September 2021

Doors 161 – Liskeard Cornwall

On a recent family holiday to Cornwall, I nipped into Liskeard, which was our nearest small town, to collect a Nepalese takeaway (which was absolutely delicious I might say). I had arrived a little early and so took the opportunity to have a quick wander and capture some doors.

Although none of these doors are particularly spectacular, they do give a flavour of the Cornish penchant for decorative porticos, which are much more common here than in some other parts of the country, or at least are features on less grand buildings. It would seem that the Cornish set great store by having a grand doorway, even if you can afford little else.

Enough hot air… here are the Liskeard doors:

Door with grand portico, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
Door with grand portico, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
Green door with portico, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
Green door with portico, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
In case you were wondering this is the door to number 4, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
In case you were wondering, this is the door to number 4, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
Blue hillside door, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
Blue hillside door, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
Door with portico and plant pots, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021
Door with portico and plant pots, Liskeard, Cornwall, August 2021

More Cornish doors next week, until then, au revoir.

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 – 9 September 2021

Doors 160 – Polruan, Cornwall

Many of you might not have heard of Polruan but might well have heard of its well-heeled partner, Fowey. These two small towns sit on either side of the Fowey Estuary on the south coast of Cornwall.  Of the pair, Polruan appears to be more of a working harbour, with some docks and dock buildings at the bottom of a town built on a very steep hill. The more affluent Fowey is a favourite for celebrities and second-homers, and is very picturesque.

On the day I took these pictures, my son and I had been fishing from the Polruan Block House point. The block house was one of a pair, the other being on the other side of the estuary in Fowey. These block houses were built to defend the entrance to the estuary, with small calibre cannon and longbow archers stationed in each fort. Unfortunately, the French breeched the defences in 1457 (that’s a long time ago) so they were upgraded with a boom barrier, a thick chain suspended between the two forts. The chain could be raised with winches off the bottom of the seabed to prevent the entry upriver by unwelcome ships.

This chain was confiscated in 1478 by Edward IV, who had been offended by the behaviour of two Fowey locals, Treffry and Michelstow, and given to Dartmouth Castle where a similar defensive arrangement existed. So that was that.

The ruined fort has two entrances, but no longer any doors. The rest of the doors are from the narrow lanes in the upper part of the town. Enjoy the doors:

Polruan Block House door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021
Polruan Block House door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021

Polruan Block House ruin and door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021
Polruan Block House ruin and door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021

Polruan Block House window view, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021
Polruan Block House window view, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021

September Cottage door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021
September Cottage door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021

Porthole door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021
Porthole door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021

Blue split door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021
Blue split door, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021

Beautiful door and crab door knocker, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021
Beautiful door and crab door knocker, Polruan, Cornwall, August 2021

Well that’s it for another week. I hope to share some more Cornish 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

3900. M32 Cycle path (138)

As if things weren’t busy enough on the streets of Bristol, I take a week’s holiday, and the turnover of pieces has been phenomenal. Possibly the pick of the bunch (but I am biased) is this door piece from Laic217.

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

Laic217 seems to have settled into a pattern of painting that I can just about keep up with, roughly a couple per month, which seems sensible to me. This piece is perhaps a little more unsettling than some of his skeleton pieces, because of the satanic references. The face is a design idea I have not seen from Laic217 before, but it has a horror film feel about it.

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

As always the execution of the piece is first class and the detail in the character’s coat, the creases and yellow cord, are fabulous. The blue smoke too is nicely done. Laic217 keeps on turning out brilliant work, no fuss, no bother.

Thursday doors – 26 August 2021

Doors 159 – Lyme Regis part 4

So to the final selection of doors from a visit to Lyme Regis in July, when England was bathed in sunshine, and we enjoyed the only real taste of summer this year. I have had fun sharing doors from this trip, and it has been a bit different from the more usual fare of Bristol and graffiti doors. There is more good news too, which is that I managed to capture a few doors in Cornwall while I was there last week, so that should keep me going for a little while.

Here are this week’s doors – enjoy:

Weavers Cottage door and ice cream trike, Lyme Regis, Dorset, August 2021
Weavers Cottage door and ice cream trike, Lyme Regis, Dorset, August 2021

Unpainted wooden door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, August 2021
Unpainted wooden door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, August 2021

Light blue door and steps, Lyme Regis, Dorset, August 2021
Light blue door and steps, Lyme Regis, Dorset, August 2021

Booklovers B&B door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, August 2021
Booklovers B&B door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, August 2021

Blue door and stylish surround, Lyme Regis, Dorset, August 2021
Blue door and stylish surround, Lyme Regis, Dorset, August 2021

Steps down to a low door and foot doorfie, Lyme Regis, Dorset, August 2021
Steps down to a low door and foot doorfie, Lyme Regis, Dorset, August 2021

Beautiful shopfront with unusual bay windows, Wisteria and of course door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, August 2021
Beautiful shopfront with unusual bay windows, Wisteria and of course door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, August 2021

So that’s it for another week – have a fabulous 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

Thursday doors – 19 August 2021

Doors 158 – Lyme Regis part 3

Little by way of introduction from me today as I am on holiday in Cornwall (taking lots of new door pictures to keep me going for a while). Instead, I’ll let you browse at your leisure through this third instalment of doors from a trip to Lyme Regis about a month ago. Enjoy.

Blue door with shell wreath, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Blue door with shell wreath, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021

Pale door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Pale door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021

Blue door and tiled step, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Blue door and tiled step, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021

Fancy door and bay windows, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Fancy door and bay windows, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021

Door with stained glass, Uplyme, Devon, July 2021
Door with stained glass, Uplyme, Devon, July 2021

So there you have it for another week. I might have a little more time to say stuff next week, but until then au revoir.

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

3865. West Street (6)

I love this piece. I have driven past it many times but never stopped to study or photograph it. Had I done so, I would have posted it a long time ago. It is by the magnificent American street artist Muckrock, and I presume was painted during a trip she made to the UK and Bristol in September 2018. I have followed her on Instagram since then and am a big fan of her work, so to finally capture this was a major boon.

Muckrock, West Street, Bristol, July 2021
Muckrock, West Street, Bristol, July 2021

Painted doors will always find favour with me and this blue tone piece is an absolute beauty. I think it is a portrait of Tina Turner but I can’t be sure, but Muckrock has made sure we all know who the artist is with her name displayed on the singer’s cheeks. Muckrock has such an easy and accessible style but her pieces can be quite challenging. A brilliant artist and one I would love to see back in Bristol again one day.

Muckrock, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018
Muckrock, Dean Lane, Bristol, September 2018

Muckrock, North Street, Bristol, December 2018
Muckrock, North Street, Bristol, December 2018

Thursday doors – 12 August 2021

Doors 157 – Lyme Regis part 2

I have written this week’s post in advance, because my mind will be otherwise occupied today preparing for a short break from work. Talking of breaks, this is the second post of Thursday doors from a mini-break my wife, daughter, dog and I shared in July during the short heatwave that (at the time of writing) seems a lifetime ago.

Lyme Regis is a curious town trying to satisfy a dual personality as a fine destination at the heart of the famous Jurassic Coast, and a rather overcrowded south coast beach opportunity for grockles. Much of the town appears to be geared towards the latter and their desires for fish and chips and ice cream. Step back into the past, and the doors tell you much more about the history of the place.

Here we go:

Two doors on the Guildhall, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Two doors on the Guildhall, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Archway to the theatre and door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Archway to the theatre and door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Gate and public footpath to the River Lim, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Gate and public footpath to the River Lim, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Pink beech hut door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Pink beech hut door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Take your pick of doors, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Take your pick of doors, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Wonky pub door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Wonky pub door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021

That just about wraps things up for another week, part three of Lyme Regis doors will follow soon.

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 – 5 August 2021

Doors 156 – Lyme Regis part 1

At last some original and new doors, rather than something recycled from my archives.

My wife, daughter, dog and I had a mini break a little while ago, experimenting with a hired camper van to see if it is something we would like to do on a more regular basis. The jury is still out on that one. We stayed in a delightful and well-appointed campsite in Uplyme in Devon. A forty-minute walk following the course of the River Lim through woodlands and fields eventually led us to Lyme Regis across the border in Dorset.

Lyme Regis is famous for its fossils, being at the heart of the Jurassic Coast, and for its beach and sea front. The days we were there was at the start of a mini-heatwave in the UK, and the south-facing seaside town felt more like the Mediterranean than England. I suppose the give-away that we were still home were the vast hordes of hideous grockles (holiday-makers). How is it that the Brits are so awful on holiday? I suppose I have to include myself in that cohort, but we really are an embarrassing, unclassy lot.

Enough tittle-tattle, here are some doors from our little trip:

Blue door, Lyme Regis, July 2021
Blue door, Lyme Regis, July 2021

Closed shop door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Closed shop door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021

Old door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Old door, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021

Rather sanitised beach hut doors, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021
Rather sanitised beach hut doors, Lyme Regis, Dorset, July 2021

Seafront house and door, Lyme Regis, July 2021
Seafront house and door, Lyme Regis, July 2021

Another week tumbles by, and we become another week older and wiser. I hope to have some more doors from Lyme Regis for you next week. Until then TTFN.

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 – 22 July 2021

Doors 155 – yet more archive street art doors

I had been hoping to post some squeaky, fresh new doors this week, and although I have taken the photographs, I haven’t been able to download them yet. I can be pretty confident that next week I will be able to switch it up a bit. Until then, you’ll have to make do with these archive street/graffiti art doors from earlier this year.

Nina Raines, Phoebe Tonks and Ana Cruz, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2021
Nina Raines, Phoebe Tonks and Ana Cruz, Dean Lane, Bristol, January 2021

Dabuten Tronko, Felix Road, Bristol, February 2021
Dabuten Tronko, Felix Road, Bristol, February 2021

Tatty door, nice frame, Montpelier, Bristol, January 2021
Tatty door, nice frame, Montpelier, Bristol, January 2021

Mr Bloopy tag on a knackered old door, Bristol, July 2020
Mr Bloopy tag on a knackered old door, Bristol, July 2020

Mr Penfold door, St Phillips, Bristol, February 2021
Mr Penfold door, St Phillips, Bristol, February 2021

Corrugated iron gate, Boiling Wells Lane, Bristol, December 2020
Corrugated iron gate, Boiling Wells Lane, Bristol, December 2020

So that’s it for another 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

3798. Muriel Alleyway (4)

This stunning piece from RichT was painted way back in April, before I even knew of the existence of this little alleyway, and has been in my archive for a little while too, so I am a little late to the party. But better late than never.

RichT, Muriel Alleyway, Bristol, May 2021
RichT, Muriel Alleyway, Bristol, May 2021

The mural is beautifully proportioned and makes really good use of the gateway and turns it into a feature. The message is clear – breathe – smell the flowers and connect with nature… slow down. It took me a little while to notice the hand holding the flower to the right hand side of the piece because it is quite stylised. A really lovely piece from RichT.