At the Front Door…Thursday Doors.

Welcome to Another Thursday Doors!

For awhile now, I’ve been thinking about doing a post about our front door. While that sounds so warm and homely, it’s actually more of a tale of neglect, indecision and the downside of owning a “renovator’s dream”.

Jonathon & Amelia

Anyway, getting back to our front door, it’s what they call “Heritage Green”. Well, that’s what it is now, but we’re planning to paint the house a shade of grey and are thinking of installing a new front door and painting it blue.

In the meantime, however, that means our green door remains in a desperate need of a paint job, but nothing’s happening. Of course, I’ve been tempted to pull an old tin of paint out of the garage and simply touch it up. However, as anybody who had done any house painting at all would know, you can’t just paint. You need to prepare. Cover-up and fill all the holes and bumps and give the !@#$ door an almost surgical face lift. Clearly, there’s no point doing that when it’s only temporary. Well, to be honest, you and I both know that “temporary” could be another 20 years or even longer.

Jonathon Amelia Bilbo

This was our son’s first day of school in 2009 when they were aged four and two and about to have birthdays. I call this photo: “The Three Wise Monkeys”. That’s Bilbo our wonderful family dog (2006-2017). He looks like a Saint Bernard next to the kids in this photo, but he’s actually a Border Collie.

Jonathon & Amelia

The first day of school for 2010 aged five and three but about to have birthdays.

When we rewind a little further, we end up with the newly weds out the front along with my husband’s Austen Healey Sprite.

Geoff & Rowena Nelson Street 2001

I think this photo was taken on the Sprite’s last drive before it was garaged in our back shed. If you haven’t worked it out by now, progress is slow around here and the Sprite is still awaiting restoration.

So, while we often wonder about what goes on behind closed doors, there’s also what goes on in front of front doors. That parade of firsts and starts to a new year or era, which becomes a precious records of our ups and down through life. A door often makes a good backdrop, even if it’s desperately in need of a facelift itself.

Well, I hope you’ve enjoyed your visit to our place. 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,


16 thoughts on “At the Front Door…Thursday Doors.

  1. Norm 2.0

    Nothing that a fresh coat of paint can’t spruce up – I do like the colour though. We changed our old wooden front door for a modern better-insulated foam-core steel one last spring. It doesn’t have quite the charm but it’s growing on us.

  2. Dan Antion

    Some projects require more pondering than others. Love the Sprite. I had a Spitfire for 30 years, but I didn’t have room on the hobby list to consider restoring it.

  3. Rowena Post author

    Thank you very much. Every week, our group photographs all these amazing doors and yet there’s our our front door, which is most likely fairly ordinary and yet it’s ours. It’s home and it’s where so many special milestones are captured. It becomes such a special place.Best wishes,

  4. Rowena Post author

    Manja, thank you so much for pointing out those paragraphs. There was a big gap at the end and I lost them entirely. I think I’ve taken out the award for the longest “typo” there. Only yesterday I made a correction in someone’s contribution to Friday Fictioneers and saying how difficult it is to proof your own work. He’s only turned window to widow. Not left four paragraphs behind and I can’t even blame my glasses for that!
    Best wishes,

  5. Rowena Post author

    Manja, that green’s a great colour. In cars, it’s known as British racing green. We used to have this family friend who lived down the end of our street and he drove a British Racing Green jag. We lived about 2 hours out of Sydney on acreage and this fancy car could have been the Queen’s Rolls Royce. It was a beautiful car and very stately. My Dad went on to have one and his Uncle. Best wishes,

  6. Rowena Post author

    We’ve only reached the consideration stage on our Sprite and after it’s been in the shed for about 15 years, it might not even be good for parts and might only be suitable for growing daisies poor thing.
    We have had a bad run with things breaking around here lately. Don’t know if you remember our hail storm late last year, but my husband’s been restructuring the roof as it’s the second time the hail’s gone through this patch (most of it’s tiled). He’s taken a day off work today to work on it. Our dishwasher also stopped working after the hail storm. It’s 17 years old and a wedding present. Tried replacing it once and the replacement broke and it magically started working again. I have very little faith in modern appliances and think fixing something older is a better move where possible. The door of the dryer has also fallen off. So, it looks like many of our white good have had a major breakdown of some sort, which could well be deemed a strike. Indeed, they might have formed a union. I’d better watch out!
    Best wishes,

  7. Rowena Post author

    Yes, I think we’ll be doing something similar, although I do have an old front door out in the garage which my uncle salvaged off a building site. As you can see this one has the lovely stained glass inserts, but it might all need updating.
    Meanwhile, my husband is spending the day fixing our roof aftter a hail storm a few months ago. It required a restructure as it’s gthe second time the hail went through this patch of roof. It is one of those indoor-outdoor rooms and while the roofing let the sun in, it’s the second time the hail has peppered holes through it.
    Best wishes,

  8. Dan Antion

    Yikes! We have to replace most of our appliances, but at least they are still functional. Very sorry to hear about the required roof repairs. I know about those and my thoughts are with your hubs.

    The Spitfire was going to cost too much and take too long and, at my age, it had become a pain (literally) to drive.

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