In Praise of Ordinary

Temperatures outside have been unfit for any creature and I’ve been laid up at home nursing a nasty cold. To entertain myself, I have been poking around in my photo library doing some ‘housekeeping’.

I had hoped to find some hidden gems and a forgotten story to wow you with, but found instead some plain and ordinary doors that had somehow repeatedly dodged my various purges.

Swan Lake, Markham

The one thing they had in common was that they all reminded me of much warmer days.

I decided to toss them all together into a warm hardy stew of doors – no theme, no stories, just plain doors and gates hoping for a bit of attention.

The Mill Restaurant, Cobourg – there has to be a story here. These doors are just too odd.

Still in Cobourg, I found a row of townhouses that all had the same front entrance. I loved the colour, and the door framing, but the winged-dragon light fixture was the winning feature.
Ok – I lied. This was taken at Fort York earlier this month, but compared to the -30C (with windchill) we have right now outside, this was a balmy warm day.

What’s the sign say on the door, you ask?

Coyote warnings were posted everywhere around the site. They must have been shy the day I visited – not a single sighting.
I have a friend whose sister owns a large stable in Aurora. We had a lovely walk around the grounds on a sunny April day.
With a face like that, how could I resist?

Hope you are keeping warm enough through this polar chill …. unless you are in the Southern Hemisphere, and then I hope you are keeping your cool on.

This post is inspired by Thursday Doors, a weekly photo challenge hosted by Norm Frampton at Norm 2.0.


  1. Housekeeping is so very important but I almost never do it – organising used to give me such purpose & satisfaction, but I am just too occupied with baking bagels and happy wandering. But there is some that does need to be done, so I shall have to just schedule time for that!

    Hope you are feeling much better by now. And that the sun will shine a little more for you!

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  2. Your images warmed me quite a bit (especially love that charming mug in the last photo) as I experience a self-imposed chill in an airconditioned room. I’ve hidden here this morning to avoid the less pleasant swelter aboard Amandla on a mid-February’s day in Cape Town.

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  3. Hi Joanne,
    Been following the news of the arctic blast you’ve had up north…we were in Costa Rica with my brother and his wife and a couple of their friends from just outside of Detroit and they were so very glad to be missing it!
    Wishing warm weather thoughts your way (love the short tavern door…for little people????)


    • It seems that some years it is easier for me to handle winter than others and so far I’m weathering winter ok … although by March I’ll likely be a little frayed at the edges ๐Ÿ˜‰


  4. I’m going to tackle the ceiling fans and the corners today, and I just know my housekeeping will not present me with great doors ๐Ÿ˜‰ Good finds, all. It does remind me of warmer days. Very much likey the horsey photos.

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  5. My favourite of your doors are the one of the gate at Swan Lake and the rustic door at Fort York. We have been following the bitter temperatures and are rather relieved to be sweating it out here in tropical India. What a contrast, as it is so hot here, that we cannot go out between the hours of 1 and 4. Sending you a bit of Indian heat to warm these wintry days. Love your stew of doors ~ and looking forward to a stew of windows or any other stew you care to brew.


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    • I had heard that once about living in the south where it gets really hot. It’s not much different than being here in the cold – you have to stay indoors as much as possible to escape the temperatures. Personally, I’d rather take the cold – although when the Apocalypse comes, I reserve the right to change my mind ๐Ÿ˜‰


    • I can’t really complain much. This is pretty well winter in Canada, it’s just that we go into denial every year ๐Ÿ˜‰
      I haven’t been outside in several days but I’m going to have to venture out eventually.

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  6. I cannot imagine anything, let alone people, surviving temperatures of -30C! Well, maybe polar bears can. Please don’t venture outside until the cold snap (how’s that for a euphemism?) is over – I will really miss you when you’re frozen…
    Considering that we’re reaching temperatures of 35C+ at this end of the world, isn’t it incredible that we’re living on the same planet!?

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  7. A beauty of a horse, winged-dragon light fixtures, a really cool tavern sign….so sorry you are not feeling well, but I do like the little housekeeping you did. You found some real gems, Joanne. Feel better….

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  8. Of course I love the horse and I hope you feel better soon! We’ve been freezing…well, really well below freezing, especially with the wind chill, so any reminders of warmth are welcome. I like the winged dragon, too, and especially that first “door”, a door like mine this week. ๐Ÿ™‚


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  9. Hi, Joanne – I didn’t find your featured doors to be ordinary at all. And they did conjure up much warmth. It is a balmy 7C in our little corner of VI today. Someone in my walking group today actually walked in a sleeveless shirt with no coat, vest or sweater. Even for our mild weather, that’s hardcore!

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    • I would happily take your 7C – although the truth is I don’t think I could walk to the corner right now without coughing up a lung ๐Ÿ˜•
      I’ll be happy to have this bug behind me!


  10. Sorry to hear you are sick and I hope you feel better soon Joanne. This is one of the reasons I have such a tough time purging my old photos. I canโ€™t ask my wife because sheโ€™s no help (she thinks I invented photography) LMAO. Iโ€™m curious about the doors, do they give you a free pint if you do the Limbo while entering the tavern ?

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  11. I’m sorry to hear you are sick Joanne. Hope you feel better very soon — and that you get some respite from the weather soon too. Lovely collection of photos; the tavern sign particularly made me smile.

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  12. I discovered I had a thing for doors and gates a few years ago when I looked around my home at the art. Doors featured prominently. They must mean something to me–I think they are symbolic of new possibilities. I’m sorry to hear you’re sick–take it easy! And be glad the coyotes were shy the day you were roaming–they’ve killed several dogs in my area. It’s mating season and they’ve been traveling in packs.

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    • I’ve only ever seen solo coyotes, but I’ve heard they are quite dangerous in a pack -especially if you have a small animal with you.

      I too have a fascination with doors and gates. They are literally portals from one place to another and they always beg the question – what’s on the other side? ๐Ÿ™‚


  13. I’ve had that nasty cold; hope it doesn’t hold on for too long! Love the double gate at Swan Lake. With the exception of the padlock on the gate, it looks very inviting!

    Feel better!


  14. The combination of the red brick, the green-blue door and the cute mailbox is a pleasing combi! Sorry, it’s the wind that makes it feel sooo cold! (I remember from Holland). Stay warm!

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    • I’m definitely toasty warm … until the chills set in … and then I’m toasty warm again :/
      This nasty cough I have is really miserable and the only good news is that I haven’t been outside to experience the frigid temperatures.


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