Thursday doors – 18 February 2021

Doors 138 – even more (again) random doors from Bristol

Well I am still using up my reserves of photographs of doors taken while walking around Bristol. I long for a trip to a different town or a stately home to capture some new and interesting doors, but for now I’ll just have to make do with what I have got.

This really is a random set, in no particular order and from no particular area of Bristol. I hope you enjoy them.

Door with ornate entrance way, Bristol, December 2020
Door with ornate entrance way, Bristol, December 2020

 

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

 

Farm Gate, Boiling wells Lane, Bristol, December 2020
Farm Gate, Boiling wells Lane, Bristol, December 2020

 

Utility box painted with a flower, Bristol, October 2020
Utility box painted with a flower, Bristol, October 2020

 

Lock Gates at the entrance to the floating harbour, Bristol, October 2020
Lock Gates at the entrance to the floating harbour, Bristol, October 2020

 

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

I fully expect that next week will feature a bunch more of these random doors, but a little part of me hopes to find some new ones over the next few days.

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 – 7 January 2021

Doors 134 – my neighbourhood

I took a little pre-Christmas walk around my neighbourhood with the pooch because even in my familiar patch there are some doors of interest, as well as an awful lot of ordinary doors. Often it is what is around the door that makes them interesting and there are one of two examples of that in today’s post.

I still haven’t been to any country houses or estates since March last year, which is a shame as these tend to be rich hunting grounds for doors. We’ll just have to make door with what we find on our doorsteps for a little while longer.

Enjoy these doors from Redland in Bristol:

222 Yellow door and kids go Kart, Redland, Bristol, December 2020
222 Yellow door and kids go Kart, Redland, Bristol, December 2020

Green door and lots of trellis, Redland, Bristol, December 2020
Green door and lots of trellis, Redland, Bristol, December 2020

King George V post box, Redland, December 2020
King George V post box, Redland, December 2020

Mint green door with castellation, Redland, December 2020
Mint green door with castellation, Redland, December 2020

Bright yellow door with crazy awning, Redland, Bristol, December 2020
Bright yellow door with crazy awning, Redland, Bristol, December 2020

So there we have it, my first Thursday doors of 2021 and keeping it local for a change. I might have to delve into some archives very soon as we have just plunged into another national lockdown, and it sounds as though this one might continue into March.

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

Redland fox

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Early rendezvous

or just a brief encounter

Redland platform one

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by Scooj

* When I moved to Bristol in the early nineties the Bristol urban fox population was famously thriving, in fact my allotment had the highest density of foxes on record anywhere in the world. It couldn’t last and the double whammy of mange and the introduction of wheelie bins saw the population crash.

Over the years numbers have increased again and this was one of two foxes I saw on my short walk to the station this morning.

804. Redland Court Road

Well this was a red letter day, oh yes. The day street art arrived in Redland (although we must not forget Cheo’s mural at Redland Station). Big bold and screaming out REDLAND for all to see.

2Keen, Aspire and Ryder, Redland Court Road, Bristol May 2017
2Keen, Aspire and Ryder, Redland Court Road, Bristol May 2017

This is a magnificent collaboration between 2Keen, Ryder and Aspire, and during its creation I have had the fortune to stop and talk to 2Keen on a couple of occasions, seeing as it is not at all far away from where I live.

2Keen, Aspire and Ryder, Redland Court Road, Bristol May 2017
2Keen, Aspire and Ryder, Redland Court Road, Bristol May 2017

What I did not know is that 2Keen is one of the original Bristol graffiti artists and is held in very high esteem indeed by his peers. This is the first piece of his that I have been aware of, although I might have seen others without realising who they were by.

2Keen, Redland Court Road, Bristol, May 2017
2Keen, Redland Court Road, Bristol, May 2017

For those of you not familiar with the geography of Bristol, Redland is a very middle class, aspirational and residential part of the city, and although there is probably widespread appreciation of Bristol’s street art within the local community, it isn’t the sort of thing one expects to see at its heart. I so dearly love it.

2Keen, Aspire and Ryder, Redland Court Road, Bristol May 2017
2Keen, Aspire and Ryder, Redland Court Road, Bristol May 2017

2Keen told me that he had mixed reviews while he was working on it. Some people tried to move him on, some stopped to chat, the police took a look and admired the work, but to the shame of Redland some people spat at him. Well heeled…my arse!

2Keen, Aspire and Ryder, Redland Court Road, Bristol May 2017
2Keen, Aspire and Ryder, Redland Court Road, Bristol May 2017

I believe the writing is by Ryder, the dodo on the right by the magnificent Aspire, fresh from his Stokes Croft pigeon, and the rest of the fabulous Alice in Wonderland work is by 2Keen.

2Keen, Redland Court Road, Bristol, May 2017
2Keen, Redland Court Road, Bristol, May 2017

I’m not sure if it will ever happen, but 2Keen said he’d take me out to spray a wall somewhere and teach me how it all works. I just need to find him again and take him up on the offer. Happy days.

145. Redland Road

I am always taken by this amazing and simple stencil on a railway bridge in Redland. The image of a baby’s face by an unknown artist is stencil work in its most raw form. One also has to admire the artist’s determination at spraying in such locations. Do they drop down from the railway, or climb up from a ladder?

Unknown artist, Redland Road, Bristol, December 2015
Unknown artist, Redland Road, Bristol, December 2015

I love this stripped-back simple graffiti.

7.5/10