Photographic Memory: Doors of England
Happy Canada Day!
On this most momentous Canadian holiday, I am marking the day by posting. . . nothing to do with Canada. Whoops! Oh well, I’ll be celebrating the day in some patriotic way I suppose (though I will NOT be dressed in Red and White- as the colour red makes me look ill!) Last week I realized that exactly one year ago, I was in England on summer holidays with my family. And, I actually spent Canada Day last year in Stratford-Upon-Avon, doing nothing patriotic either. As much as I love Canada, I guess I am just not a patriotic celebration kind of person.
Anyways, time does really seem to fly by, as it really doesn’t seem like a year ago, and yet the calendar says so . . . Sigh, at least I have these pictures to remember the trip by.
I was looking through all the pictures again, and I thought- why not share some of them here on the blog? I didn’t before, because I wasn’t blogging last year! I have these and tons of other photographs that I’ve never shared or done anything with, so I’ve decided that I’m going to start a little column here called “photographic memory” where I’ll periodically share old photographs of mine. (get it. . . photographic memory? hahaha. . . ) They might not necessarily be related to anything, but it’ll be nice to do something with them 🙂
So today, in anniversary of that trip one year ago- I present to you “The Doors of England”. Obviously this is not an exhaustive directory, it’s more like “The Doors of Stow-on-the-Wold”, the village where we stayed for 10 days in a little cottage. It was a lovely area, in the Cotswold region of England, and the loveliest thing about it is that because it is an “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty” (so classified by the British government) it attracts a lot of tourists, and so everything in the area is quite historic and photogenic 🙂 The majority of the buildings are made of “Cotswold limestone” and even the new construction is built to suit the same style. Pretty much everywhere you look there is another beautiful photo opportunity! As a lover of history, I absolutely adored Stow, and the whole Cheltenham area, and I would definitely recommend it to everyone. Coming from western Canada, where we are lucky to find a building that is 100 years old and not fallen to the ground, it was so fantastic to see all of these ancient buildings that are still in use, and still being lived in. The front doors were such a fabulous part of the town as each one was so different and unique.
Can you imagine walking out your front door each day if it looked like these?
I loved the one above, which was the front door to the cottage across the road from where we stayed. It reminded me of a face, and it was so short that the man who lived there had to stoop to walk through it! I also love the ones covered in vines, but really I couldn’t choose . . .
Which one is your favourite?
July 2, 2016 @ 3:00 pm
These are all so cool! It’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’m a sucker for ivy, so that last one would have to be my choice.
July 4, 2016 @ 6:24 pm
I know! Everywhere I turned there was another amazing door. I love the ivy too, it’s so “Secret Garden” 🙂
July 5, 2016 @ 1:29 am
So charmingly, sweetly lovely. I especially adore (adoor? :D) the one with the word “office” above it. The mix of blue, dusty yellow and grey + white stonework there is almost magical to me.
Thank you very much for sharing these beauties with us. I’ve always been drawn to vividly hued doors (and houses), too – with the largest concentration of which I’ve encountered in person here in Canada being in Victoria, BC.
Many hugs & joyful start of July wishes,
July 5, 2016 @ 12:33 pm
I love the “office” door too. That was a very interesting building, as it was covered in what appeared to be shells rather than stone. I’m not sure why that one building was that way, when the majority of others in Stow were limestone, but it was so unique. I’ve unfortunately never been to Victoria, even though I was once on the island, but I would bet that as it is a fairly old city, there would be many beautiful doors and buildings alike!
July 6, 2016 @ 6:53 pm
They are all unique which I like but if I had to choose, it’s a toss-up between the blue face door and the green door. There is a pair of white ones that look like faces to me also yet the blue one looks a little happier. I also like the painter’s palette above one of the doors.
July 7, 2016 @ 10:30 am
I loved the blue face door too- it did look happy 🙂 The green door was a massive double door that was probably 10-12 feet tall. It was open during the day, and it led to the Town Hall I believe.
July 7, 2016 @ 6:52 am
The pointed arch cream one looks like it leads somewhere interesting so that gets my vote!
July 7, 2016 @ 10:26 am
For the life of me, I can’t remember where that door led to! But, most everywhere in the town was interesting- so I’m sure whatever is behind it is interesting 🙂