Doors, gates: do they shut you out or invite you in? I can never see a beautiful door or gate without wanting to open it and find out what is on the other side but doors in themselves can be lovely things. I was so taken with some pictures of doors from Rachel at slow lane life that I wandered around looking again at our doors and I thought I would share them. Some are pretty ordinary; some much less so.
Here is the front door. Like most farmhouse front doors it is never used. No one ever comes in through the front door but if you did and closed it behind you, you would find this.
This is the door you would come through, straight into the kitchen. It is a stable door so you can open up the top in the summer and let the light and air in, but keep the chickens out. Look back through the glass and the angles are crazy.
Come through to the sitting room and these are the old doors with their strap hinges and boarded construction. They all have iron latches like this on one side and this
The great thing about a latch like this is that it is impossible to open the door quietly and every latch in the house has a slightly different sound to it. When you live here and get your ear attuned, the door from my father in law's room makes a different sound to the sitting room door which is different again from the new door from the back kitchen into the corridor. The house tells you what is happening and who is where!
The old doors are oak and presumably date from about 1600 when the house was built. The new doors are in the extension that was put on about thirty years ago. When we came here we tried to match the doors in the extension to the old doors so we had some made. These are pine not oak but they too are boarded doors of a similar construction to the oak ones and with metal latches.
Upstairs the doors are old too, with wooden handles and latches, some perhaps original and some repaired. I wonder who scorched the door and with what? A careless candle?
I love the fact that someone took the trouble to make an elegant hinge for the bedroom door.
Looking along the corridor towards the bedroom door is one of my favourite lines of sight in the house.
But doors don't have to be wooden to be beautiful.