Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Old Doors

What a beautiful week it has been in New England...the foliage is almost at peak and the temperatures have been in the high 70's to low 80's. We were lucky to be able to enjoy a few of these Indian summer days camping in nearby New Hampshire.  As we drove through the countryside, I loved seeing the old homes decorated for fall. The doors, so simple yet welcoming, really seemed to catch my eye on this trip.

I liked the colorful simplicity of this door...

And the welcoming garland of cornstalks and gourds on this one.

This must be the original "door to nowhere"...it is stately and elegant, but opens onto...a roof.

Below it is a little shop surrounded by the textures and colors of the season.

We enjoyed our visit with the owner of this country store in Nottingham, NH...he shared much of its history with us while we were there. The original door is still in use and continues to function as the community bulletin board.

The old green door still holds its original mail slot...worn and rusty from years of use.

The Grange hall used to be the center of social life in many small New England towns. Most, like this one, are deserted now. I wonder how many town meetings this door opened onto over the years?

The curtains were still hanging in one window of this deserted house and the dooryard was overgrown...but its timelessness spoke to me somehow.

And, finally, tired and dirty after our last camping trip of the season, it was time to head home...

Where we were happy to see our own front door waiting to welcome us back.

Happy Trails,


This post is linked to:
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Outdoor Wednesday at A Southern Daydreamer

16 comments:

Artsy VaVa said...

I love this post! I have a thing for old doors. When we built our house, we bought several old doors for different parts of the house. Thanks for sharing these great pictures.

Cindy said...

I love all these doors, especially that "door to nowhere!" That rusty old mail slot is really something, too! There's something about old doors and old windows I just love...
Hugs, Cindy

Debbie @ ribbonwoodcottage.blogspot.com said...

I love old doors too. What a great post.
Blessings,
Debbie

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Cheryl,
Great pics!! All so inviting and charming!!

Hugs,
Debbie

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

Great post! There is beauty in simple things..like old doors. Love the colors!!!

Ann said...

Cheryl,
What a neat post. I have a love for old doors too. Looks like you had a super-scenic trip. The first door is probably my favorite too. The front of your home is gorgeous, love all the fall color.
Ann

Cottage and Broome said...

Love the old doors! We had Indian summer in northern Michigan this week too, so beautiful to have some warm days. Laura Cottage and Broome

Vickie said...

And I think I liked yours best!

Love old doors. I liked that old Grange hall dooryard. Thanks for sharing these!

Linda said...

Great post...I love all the history in those old doors...imagine the stories they could tell us!!

Dayle said...

There is something fascinating about doors, even if they are simple and plain, I love the idea of what might be behind it.

Pamela Gordon said...

I love old doors and you found some great ones! I particularly like the abandoned yellow house because there are still flowers blooming. :)

Betty (picture circa 1951) said...

What great pictures. So sad that some buildings are old and no longer used.

Connie said...

I sure love your posts ! You have great writing skills, and sure can do great dollhouses. Where do you find them ? We don't see much of that in the Northeast area.
I am coming back as I saw a quote that I want to memorize by Dr. Seuss and I got interested in about three different things here, and my time is up. Gotta go out and get busy.
Hope you are happy as your blog !!

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

I enjoyed seeing the old doors. Makes me wonder about the families who had some kind of life there. I choose to believe that the homes once were filled with lots of happiness. It sounds like you are having a beautiful autumn. We are beginning to have cooler weather in the south and the leaves are showing slight color. Love it!--------Shannon

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All these doors, especially that "door to nowhere!" That rusty old mail slot is really something, too! There's something about old doors and old windows I always collecting these type of shoots.

Ashish Singh said...

The doors in the picture of your blogs are adorable. I love the contrast the door has with its background. It makes it appealing and extremely creative.

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