Today’s Menu: Leftovers

About a month ago, Dan at No Facilities introduced the concept of Thursday Door Soup … a mix of random leftovers that could hopefully blend into a flavourful Thursday Door post.

For me, Soup Day is today.  With one wing clipped, it’s not very wise for me to venture out with my camera to discover anything new, so I have to dip into my library for past treasures that never made it to a post on their own.

There have been many lovely buildings I’ve found over the past few months, but haven’t invested the time to learn about their history, so their attention-worthy doors sit in my library as anonymous orphans.

Dan?  Did you notice the crane?  This one is for you!

There has been the rare building that’s undergone extensive research by me, but its story continues to remain a mystery.


Some wonderful old buildings have been researched, but I simply haven’t felt the inspiration to write about them.

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Toronto Club – the oldest private club in Canada

But some doors don’t really have a potential story at all, they just caught my fancy while I was passing by.

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It’s soup day in my corner of the blogosphere and I hope it warmed you, if even just a little. For door offerings more substantial than *soup*, visit Norm 2.0 – the host of the weekly photo feature, Thursday Doors.  Follow the little blue frog to an entire international menu of great doors.



  1. I’ve already had pumpkin soup for dinner so I’ll just have a tiny helping of door soup, thanks. At least it’s taken me so long to get here it’s no doubt cold soup by now which is fine because it’s kind of hot here. (And yet we had soup for dinner. What else to do when you have a build up of four butternut pumpkins from the weekly fruit and veg box?)


    • Yeah – soup isn’t sometimes that comes to my mind when it’s hot. On the other hand, I associate butternut squashes (we call them squashes) with cold weather. It would be odd to get them in summer! I wouldn’t know quite what to do with them … although roasted is really yummy.

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      • I’m waiting for a cooler day to run the oven so I can roast small diced pieces to put aside in the fridge for salads when it warms up again. And for risotto for the in-between temperatures. Can you freeze roasted pumpkin?


        • You could BBQ it outside on a baking sheet instead.
          And I don’t know about freezing roasted squash (I’ve never had leftovers) … but for sure I routinely freeze squash soup.


  2. This is such a lovely set of doors, Joanne. I really like the last one in particular, especially how it is framed. You make that restaurant look romantic and inviting. It looks charming and cozy, and if I was walking past I’d be tempted to go in for at least a peak of their menu. If they did dessert, I’d probably park myself at one of their tables 😀 I came from Sue’s blog, and it is nice coming across another blog 🙂


    • Hi Mabel! Thanks for visiting 🙂

      Pappas Grill is a great place to go … I especially like the patio in the summer. I had lived in this neighbourhood near Pappas Grill for several years but I had never noticed how inviting the entrance was until that particular evening 🙂


  3. 1 degree out right now as I read your warm Thursday soap (I’m a little late to the game, but hey, this is just what I need this morning). I love doors, and you capture these beautifully. Hope your clipped wing is healing nicely.


  4. The doors you have here are all interesting and some are even beautiful! A great post. I don’t think we need the history of a door if you don’t have it. Sometimes our imaginations are just fine! 🙂

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  5. I had some soup in Italy, and I was shorts and a t-shirt. No it wasn’t a cold soup. It was a lovely mescuia from La Spezia and I loved it so much I ate it again the following night. It’s 34° here today and I would go some soup.

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  6. Hi Joanne! How the heck are you?
    I’ve been absent for a couple weeks but in addition to posting, I am making my rounds through WP. Hope all is well up your way.
    Love those last 2 images. The doors are enchanting and make me want to go inside!


    • Thanks Laurie. I’m doing well but I’ve been awol myself and sliding hopelessly behind. Christmas is less than 2 weeks away and I still have so much to do.
      I hope you are keeping well! Merry Christmas!


  7. There’s absolutely nothing wrong with leftovers Joanne. I love going back through old photos and pulling them together into a theme. Another thing that I do when I’m short on ideas is to go back to a really old post that … ahem wasn’t as “polished” as I had hoped, and rewrite. It bugs me no end when I see someone has read a really old post, and when I re-read it, I realize it’s wordy, typo-filled and just not that interesting. And BTW, even if it’s soup, you get major kudos for one-wing work. Take care and have a fun and relaxing holiday. ~James


    • I’m happy to say I’m back to typing with 2 hands again. Whew!! I can’t spend a lot of time of the computer because it stresses my shoulder, but progress is happening!!

      With Christmas barreling down on us, I’m afraid my muse is awol lately and I’m not getting inspiration from anything.

      I’m sure when my muse returns, I’ll be bubbling over with things to say 🙂

      Merry Christmas!! 🙂


  8. Nice photos as always and I must say that I love the idea of random soup. I’ve been going through some of my folders during the last week and there should be plenty of random soup for everyone.


  9. Beautiful buildings and doors! There is a door in the small city north of us, that is on the second floor of a brick building. I can only speculate that there was at one time stairs leading down from it, or possibly a porch. I’ll have to find it again and take a photo of it. Been a while.

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  10. After I bought my house ( it was built in 1927) one of my uncles came for a visit. The front door is original, solid wood of some sort, not plastic stuffed with fiberglass. It’s all old time wood. And he said – You can always tell a lot about a house from the front door. He liked the door and he liked the house. I like the house too.

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  11. Oooh! Aahhh! I was so full of excitement and beauty, from the delicacies here that it is hard to say my thoughts. Your doors are amazing, Joanne. Hope you aren’t in too much misery, nor your son. . .
    I liked the colorful flowery doorway and stained glass windows, the arch bordered with vines. The outdoor cafe was really spectacular in the way you captured the “V” with both side angles.


  12. Joanne, thank you for the concept of” soup day”. We too have loads of “orphan” pictures that did not make it into a blog post, yet have post worthy value. I really like the title of this post and the concepts behind it!

    About doors….. there is something evocative about doors and gates and windows, as they trigger an instant curiosity about what is behind them. Indeed in so many countries we have visited and lived in, the magic, architectural and cultural lies behind doors which may be ornate or austere. Sometimes the outside has very little resemblance with the inside ~ a la Muslim women wearing a sober covering when venturing in the street while wearing more exuberant share revealing dress away from public prying eyes.

    In Sri Lanka where we are living now (3 weeks) we experience the opposite of what we refer to as “the Amsterdam look”. Amsterdam as you may know has a unique quality of allowing passersby to peer through open windows at ground floor and see clearly life in full display within each home. Sri Lanka is the opposite ~ much is hidden behind doors and gates. Occasionally one gets to peek through an open gate and see a lush world beyond.

    The last photograph with glass panes is a winner!

    Peta & Ben.


  13. “You do know your cricket if you can reference a game from almost 20 years ago!!”

    I had to look it up, I thought we’d won by 13 runs.
    There were clues in the text. My dad joined Leeds Police after his naval service and was a detective for some years. My lad has a degree in history, so maybe it’s in the genes. I have three O Levels in history alone! (But we should skirt ‘past’ that, two of them weren’t my finest hour)
    Written in 2000, England rarely won a game from 1987 to 2005. He mentioned the MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) and the Poms being on top. It wasn’t Holmes like deduction, sadly.
    But yes, you can’t be brought up in Yorkshire and not know your cricket 🙂

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  14. Soup is the perfect meal on this chilly evening! I also love the door with the greenery surrounding it. I would love to come home to that entrance… I imagine what is inside is warm and inviting too. The dance school is so much nicer looking than the various dance studios where I’ve taken lessons. I’m glad to know that you are improving… take good care of your wing.

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  15. I love your blog soup, Joanne, especially the random photo of a home with a lovely front entrance. I’ve been going through my photos too, looking for door photos since I don’t seem to have time to go on special doorscursions. It’s difficult to come up with something from the past, when I was neither blogging nor interested in doors. But, you never know…

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  16. Not just a thick and creamy soup but a nice side order of numbers (us cricket saddos love our numbers). This reminds me of a recent post where someone served up alphabet spaghetti that cleverly spelt an array of door related furnishings.
    Or was that last nights tea….

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  17. Thanks Joanne, both for the shout out and for the crane – in reflection no less, my two favorite things! That first photo has a lot going for it, but I really like those imposing wooden doors at the theater in the second photo. They must be 10 feet tall. The arched entrance at the bottom is stunning. I’d say you cooked up a good pot of soup today. Take care of that mending wing.


  18. And a tasty soup it is, Joanne! I love the reflections in the first photo and the beautiful hominess of the second to last. While I enjoy the history behind many of the doors that are shared, I’m also perfectly find just admiring the doors and buildings themselves. Not all doors worth seeing have a glorious history, after all.

    Soup makes you feel better and I hope you’ll be feeling much better today.


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    • I agree, Janet and I think that’s why Dan’s concept of Door Soup really resonated with me. Sometimes I just like thinking – wow, that’s a pretty door and leave it at that.

      I have several weeks of healing ahead of me, but thankfully I seem to be doing well. Today I could tie my shoelaces. Yay me! 🙂

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  19. I love these doors, Joanne. The crane photo is great–I am such a sucker for reflections and this one is so well done! Take it easy with your ‘clipped wing.’ You know, that plates not going anywhere. 😀 ps: doc meant that for real. It will not move.

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  20. I just adore doors of any shape or form despite whether they have an interesting tale to tell. Your soup is a very rich one today! I try to track down the history of my photographs of buildings and often get frustrated when I can’t find anything out.

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