Thursday Doors: A Bunch Of Randomness

It’s been a few weeks since I last participated in Thursday Doors, so this week I thought I’d dust off some random door photos I’ve accumulated.

There was just so much to like about this first one in Prague … arched doorway, decorative transom, ornate door frame, studs on the door, … and the little peephole, netted for security.

Prague – 2014

This second one isn’t really a door, but a doorway, so I think it counts.  It leads to the library within the North Wing of Queen’s Park, the Ontario Legislature.

The origins of this library go back to 1792 – 25 years before Canada became a country.  By the turn of the 20th century, the Legislative Library had one of the most important reference collections in Canada… probably not as impressive as it sounds since Canada was pretty much still a wilderness back then.

Unfortunately, in 1909, a fire destroyed the entire library and most its contents.  It was subsequently rebuilt with a view to fireproofing the new wing.  Apparently it was successful because a second fire in 2009 resulted in only minor damage.


Found in the small town of Creemore north of Toronto was the modest St John’s United Church.  A Door + Autumn Colours + Heritage Building = Triple Bonus!


This plain, wide-planked wooden door was the entrance to SS2 Schoolhouse in Whitchurch-Stouffville, now the site of a museum.  The rope on the left is still attached to the bell in the small bell-tower on top of the school.

Yes – we rang it.  Yes – it still works.

Schoolhouse SS2  – 1870

This last door is one of my favourite recent finds.  If you look closely, there is actually a wire fence attached to that gate.  The incongruence* of it made me laugh.

Bordering the Milne Dam Conservation Area

Thursday Doors is a weekly photo feature hosted by Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0.  I encourage you to go have a look.  Follow the little blue frog link in Norm’s post and discover a whole world of wonderful doors.


* I often look up words online to ensure I’ve spelled them correctly and / or used them appropriately in my sentence.   Today I looked up “incongruence” because WordPress didn’t like this word.

The results that came back from my search were – shall we say – odd.

Incongruence is in fact a real word, but that doesn’t mean you should use it.”  … hmmm, you don’t know me, because now I’m totally going to use it.

All explanations of the second form of incongruence from the point of view of a phyletic force464 can also be shown to be absurd.”  … Whaaat?  Are you talking to me?

… and in case you’re wondering, the second quote apparently originates from “Studies in the Theory of Descent: On the seasonal dimorphism of butterflies”.  I just knew you had to know that critical piece of information.

… and WordPress doesn’t like “dimorphism” either.

… and I’ve managed to make the whole post random and not just the doors.


  1. These were so much fun, Joanne, especially that last one. It looks as if the gate is just there on its own. i love words, so that last bit really made me laugh. I think it’s incongruous of “it” to say that you might not want to use it. Use it and to heck with “it.” 🙂 If you love words, find the book “The Joy of Lex” and “Anguished English.” The latter will having you literally (in the real sense of the word) laughing until you cry, at least if you’re like me.



    • It made me laugh too … especially the part about ‘it is a word but that doesn’t mean you should use it’. bwahahahaha!

      I encourage you to go visiting your own town – especially areas you never visit – and look at it as if you were a tourist. It is so interesting! I’d love to hear about what you discover!

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  2. Still have the coolest “door” collection I’ve ever seen! BTW, I did know what “incongruence” meant but only part of “dimorphoris”. Banana plants are dimorphoris…only the female produce fruit. I thought you’d like to know! 😉


  3. Joanne, my favorite part of this post was your featuring incongruence! I used to post “wordplays,” which was my catch-all tagline for using word definitions, rhymes and various usages of words. 🙂
    I liked the perspective up the staircase, to the Legislative Library and how through the open door arch you see a golden lit series of arches.
    Such a gorgeous ornate Prague door leading in a progression through to the simplest gate/door out in a garden setting. Your Thursday’s Doors post is rich and diversely interesting!


    • Thanks – glad you enjoy all the variety and threw at you this week 🙂

      Normally I don’t pay much attention to some of the oddness that Google likes to throw at us, but this time I couldn’t resist.
      It just tickled my funny-bone 🙂

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  4. yeah…once again you got some really great doors! When I saw the first one before reading, I knew it had to be from Prague…or Prague-ish! I think I took a close-up shot of that door.


  5. What lovely doors! I often find that otherwise beautiful – or at least interesting – doors have been marred by a sign or something else incongruous (see what I did there?) put there by someone who does not understand the importance of keeping them uncorrupted. I especially love the pic of the church framed by the gorgeous yellow leaves.


    • Those poor statues do look like they’re carrying the weight of the world on them … a theme that seemed to pop up in a few places.

      I’m rather proud of that church photo. It was such a perfect day outside!


  6. An eclectic collection mixed with random silliness, this was my kinda post 🙂
    I’m starting to think I need to get myself to Prague before I’m too broken down to enjoy it – I’ve seen so many wonderful shots from there.
    Looking at the library shot I do think we both have a penchant for those angled upwards perspective shots.
    BTW – I went ahead and added this to the link-up list for you 🙂


    • oops – I knew I forgot something this morning. Thanks for adding me to the list. Obviously I was in a hurry this morning 🙂

      That shot of the library is the only photo I have. The North Wing wasn’t included in the tour I took but I managed to grab that shot as we were rushing by on our way to the West Wing. I would have loved to get a closer shot though. Having said that, you’re right. I do like those upward angled shots 🙂

      Definitely get yourself to Prague if you can. It is in my top 3 favourite cities – with Paris and Rome.

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  7. Inspired by this lovely post I noticed a door on my way into town this afternoon (for an eye test) with the word ‘letters’ inscribed across the letter box. Not only did this fill me with confidence for my looming appointment but put a spring in my step. Should I ever fancy a job as a postman at least the IQ test shouldn’t hold any fears.


  8. I love the Church Door with its beautiful brickwork, and transom window. You framed it beautifully with that gorgeous tree in full Fall splendor!

    Great selection of random doors today!

    I thoroughly enjoyed the word lesson at the bottom of your post. Funny but educational all the same!


  9. The bell rope made me think of Lurch from the Addams Family. “You rang?” Hopefully, there are no 7 ft scary men hanging around the school. That would be bad.

    I wonder if the budget only allowed for a nice gate and the rest was done on a dime. Funny, but I bet that gets many puzzling and surprised looks.


    • I did ask for permission first … it seemed like a responsible adult thing to do.
      Thankfully they said yes – even if they seemed rather surprised by the request. Is it possible no one’s ever asked?


  10. Thank you for using words WordPress and Google don’t agree with. They don’t know everything, you know! I got a good kick outta all that!
    Now, to the doors — You’ve wowed me today. I thought nothing would top that fancy Prague door with its metal details and statuary framing — But the library doorway, well, that library is downright majestic! The ceiling height, the warmth, the lighting — wowza!
    But then, I’m so drawn to traditional, old things — the church door took the cake! Old wooden doors, masonry, arch, window… This church has everything! Look at that yellow tree! Look at it! 😀
    Great doors!

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    • Thanks Joey. I almost removed that section about spellcheck. I wrote it yesterday while I was in a whimsical mood, but when I re-read it this morning in a more ‘practical’ mood, I wondered if it was silly. Silly won. Glad someone liked it 🙂

      Random doors can be so much fun … glad these ones were a hit. Personally, I love the church door with the yellow leaves. Every once in a while I take a photo that makes me really proud 🙂

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  11. I like the school house set of doors. Knowing that the bell still rings makes them even more interesting to me. As for WP and its spell check, I’d like to suggest that there’s a certain “incongruence” to how they use the English language and how I do. Just saying…

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  12. Oh, the wording explanation cracked me up! What??!! Be a rebel, Joanne–use the word however you want. Too funny. The library is beautiful. I love to find something that makes you feel like a kid again–looking up in wonder at the beauty of it all. Gorgeous.


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