Party Ice – Thursday Doors.

Welcome to Another Thursday Doors!

This week, I’m applying the KISS Principle to my contribution…Keep It Simple, Stupid.

As you may be aware, I’m from Sydney, Australia and so we’re in the throws of a sweltering, sunny Summer here right now. We have just returned from a week away staying at Nureybar, located in lush green countryside about 15 minutes drive out of Byron Bay on the NSW North Coast. Indeed, I’ve sat up at night reading or writing intoxicated by a chorus of frogs, grasshoppers and even a Gecho, who is rumoured to be an Indonesian import.

This holiday has proven just how photographing doors can get under your skin and even become part of your raison d’etre. A late start to the day, meant many of the shops had shut by the time I’d finished my coffee and so I could appreciate and photograph the closed doors without needing to explain myself, which is a good thing I feel. I feel a bit awkward trying to explain doorscursions to the uninitiated, especially when most people coming to Byron Bay are smitten by the beach instead.

Anyway, as I said, I’m going to keep this post really simple and catch up on the full range of doors from my trip next week. In the meantime, given the Summer heat here, this freezer door had instant appeal. Indeed, I could’ve jumped in there.

Lastly, before I head off, I thought I’d ask you whether you’ve ever had an accidents or close calls while doing photography? Your tales of misadventure don’t need to be doorspecific. You see, while I was away, I was exploring my in-law’s garden and ventured off the path to photograph a beautiful bromeliad. However, as I stepped off the path, my foot was gripped by sudden pain as a stick jabbed me in the arch of my foot. We’d just been out for coffee and I was wearing sandals and the stick got me from the side. At first, I thought I’d cut an artery but nothing quite that dramatic but it did necessitate a trip to Ballina Hospital and four stitches, a tetanus shot and four hours later, we were on the way home. While the wound itself isn’t much, I’m hobbling around and it still hurts. I also need to work out how I’m going to wash my hair and shower for the next ten days. This is what happens when you believe in jumping in boots and all and don’t think about the safety considerations beforehand. Anyway, I’ve learned this lesson and will be wearing sensible shoes in future…or not!

How has your week been? I hope it’s been a good one.

This has been another contribution to Thursday Doors hosted by Norm 2.0. Why don’t you come and join us and share a few of your favourite doors. It’s a lot of fun and helps you see parts of the world you’ll never get to visit.

Best wishes,




12 thoughts on “Party Ice – Thursday Doors.

  1. Norm 2.0

    If it helps cool you down to think about it, we had a high temp of -15C today…going down to -23C overnight 😉
    I have never had any injury inducing photography mishaps, yet. I’m hoping it stays that way.

  2. Dan Antion

    That can be a very important door in the heat of summer. A very long time ago (while on our honeymoon) I fell down the side of a riverbank while trying to find a better view of a waterfall. No damage, just scraped and dirty.

  3. Rowena Post author

    Naturally, I’ve been reflecting a bit on my most recent accident and feeling a bit accident prone and a bit of a loser to be honest. I always seem to be the one either caqught in or causing the storm. A friend of mine, who happens to be a psychologist and a photographer pointed out very kindly that I’m the sort of photographer who always wants to get right in there and get that close-up,investigative shot. This is naturally going to give me a higher chance of misadventure than someone who lives on the periphery of life. A life well-lived, is going to have a lot more ups and downs and greater richness. It’s just hard to remind yourself and others of this at times.
    Your accident also falls into this category (no pun intended but noted). You wanted a better view of the waterfall and falling and getting dirty is the risk.
    The upside of these incident is that they let down the guard and people can be quite expressive about how much they love and appreciate you and take the time to hold your hand and listen etc.
    Best wishes,

  4. Gary A Wilson

    I really dislike, being limited to “Like” as my only summary statement of having read you essay. It happens often, as you might guess, but this time I need a button that says something like, “great to see you writing again – sorry for the blasted injury – very glad you’re OK and should mend well”.

    Okay, that might be a tad specific, but you get my drift.

  5. Rowena Post author

    That is absolutely freezing, Norm. Our kids are currently camping in tents down at the Scout Jamboree in South Australia and it can turn into an oven down there and bush fires are a serious issue. However, it’s been relatively mild, and I’ve even seen them wearing long sleeves. I think that’ll change over the weekend as another heatwave sets in. They’ll be back on Tuesday so only a few days to go now. Must not waste this time cleaning the house for their return!!
    Good to hear you’ve remained injury free. My husband is also into photography and seems to preempt trouble. He’s much more practical and dare I say sensible.
    Best wishes,

  6. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Gary. My husband and I joke about going to hospital for our romantic interludes. You wouldn’t think about a trip to Emergency being romantic and they don’t always bring out the best in people. However, in this instance, my husband was very thoughtful and boy I felt for him hold my hand when the local went in the foot. I was told to keep it still and I mean absolutely still which, as you could imagine, is virtually impossible for me at the best of times but this local was agonizing and my foot naturally flinched and did it’s very best to get away. I think my husband was lucky to have a set of nails go through his hand. However, I felt immensely loved and the staff were wonderful. The nurse was clearly on top of hospital humour and we had some great exchanges. All in all, you could say that our trip to Emergency aside of the long wait and the jab, were better than a trip to the pub.
    Best wishes,

  7. Rowena Post author

    Thanks very much, Tom. Still a bit tender today but managed to find a waterproof dressing so very much looking forward to a shower and washing my hair.
    We had a great time away and had to stop and pat every dog we met a long the way. Met a fabulous German shepherd, Luther, who has his own antiques shop. He’ll be getting his own post coming up.
    Dogs are glad to see us. I went in first to say hello and closed the door while Geoff unloaded the car. Lady could hear him and was sitting behind the door full of animation with his tail wagging in overdrive. They were absolutely so excited. The kids are still at Jamboree so they must be wondering what’s happened to them.
    Hope you’ve been having a great week.
    Best wishes,

  8. Rowena Post author

    Thanks, Dan. Even though the cut to the foot was pretty minor, I’ve still need to work my way through it. I’m usually fairly positive but we all have our dark sides, especially when it comes to dealing with our own mistakes. I’m definitely much kinder to others.

  9. Manja Mexi Movie

    I was thrown out (well, escorted out) of a fancy door shop. They didn’t approve of my clicking. Their doors were really ugly too, so no harm done. At first the seller understood that I needed a door for my “blok” (when I said “blog”). Blok is an apartment building in my language. 😀 I could tell she was disappointed when she learned the truth.

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