Some Doors:

Today is Thursday and on Thursdays I sometimes take part in Thursday Doors. This is a photographically themed blog day that I occasionally join in, mainly on weeks when I have actually been outdoors. And somewhere there are more buildings that have doors on them than places that have Tors on them.

So this week I have been to Port Isaac and to the Lost Gardens of Heligan

Firstly Port Isaac, an old fishing village that is just down the road from me and is now so famous from TV (Doc Martin) and films (Fishermens Friends, Saving Grace) that even a sunny day in March is enough of a draw for most of the car parks to be full now. Last week I just declined a friend’s suggestion that we head down there for the Doc Martin production team’s ‘locals extras casting’ day. The place simply doesn’t need any more attractions…

Anyway, doors. Hopefully you’ll get a feel for how crammed-in-to-any-old-spot the houses are here, little alleyways and hidden lanes hide cottages that are shaped around the cottages that were there first. There was no planning permission law against having your light or views blocked and I guess, to people who made their living on the sea all the time, that actually being able to see it when you were at home with your slippers on after work as well was not really a priority.

If you click a picture it switches to a large slideshow.

And I left one in colour because it was the colour that made it.

Surely should have been ‘Everblue’?

Taking advantage of the spring sunshine this week, we visited the gardens at Heligan the next day. The gardens were famously rediscovered after falling into disrepair and neglect when so many of the staff from the house were killed in the First World War. Now it has mainly recovered after a massive regeneration and restoration project which has seen it become one of Cornwall’s most popular attractions.

Just the two from here, mainly because a garden isn’t really about doors, pictures of that bit in another post soon.

Clicking on any picture brings up the bigger ‘Gallery’ versions.

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature hosted by Norm Frampton on his site here. Do visit the many other links there to travel the world in doors and the places people have put them. Which is not normally on Tors.


Other Things:

I’ve succumbed and added an Instagram account to my life. The kids these days seem to be really in to it but, with it being mobile phone-centric, I never saw the point until I worked out how you could post pictures from your PC. Two posts in and I saw a referral from there to my blog, so I guess it’s justified.

Anyway, the name is @cornishbearsphotos if you fancy following it.

A log pile for the charcoal burner at Heligan where people have written their names on the logs to be burned using charcoal. There’s a Bear there.

23 thoughts on “Some Doors & Other Things.

  1. That was one reason I didn’t get on with Instagram, I didn’t like sharing or viewing tiny pictures on a phone. How do you upload on a computer?

    Love the Heligan doors, very tactile in black and white. What is in the baskets/pots in the wall?

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    1. They’re traditional basket beehives, not occupied at present. We had a swarm settle in a hedge in our back garden last year and one of the beekeepers from the local club came round and used one of those (instead of the modern portable hive boxes) to take them away in.

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    2. On Instagram thing, easiest is use Android-compatible Chromebook and simply install Android app. Then you have access to your Gallery on the Chromebook.

      Alternative is to use the Vivaldi browser. Once installed you can run it as a ‘panel’ that allows access to the local file system. https://vivaldi.com

      Or… change user agent in Chrome browser on Instagram site https://www.makeuseof.com/tag/how-to-post-on-instagram-from-pc-mac/

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      1. Yep, still on it and fairly active. Not a lot of friends but that’s the way I am anyway! G+ is finally shutting down properly next week but a fair proportion have moved to MeWe already, many of the groups have migrated successfully, including photography ones.

        It’s still got some unsavoury dark spots, like most human gatherings online, but is generally OK in the areas where there’s more light.
        Best thing is still no adverts and not being sold for advertising to.

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      2. Yep, I know what you mean. But a discussion, like this one, has better flow and immediacy as a social media chat rather than blog comment to and fro I think.
        (It’s not a problem to have it here you understand, just comments and replies can be days apart so feels less like a conversation to me.)

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    1. Many of the Cornish fishing villages are like this. Like you, the view is important to me hence we’re a bit further inland where space is, well, certainly more spacious!

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  2. I like the choice to go B & W with these shots, and your decision to leave the blue one in colour. I could never quite get the hang of how to grow my Instagram following and didn’t see much blog traffic from it. I hope you have better results; and if you do, let me know your secret ok?

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    1. Thanks for that Norm. In truth I only signed up for the Instagram to access some sample content for a mock-up for a website I was doing for a friend. It was more a case of ‘might as well put something on it and leave it there now I’m here’!

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    1. I don’t think Redbubble go down to that size unfortunately. I’ll have a look at the others but I think most of them do ‘wall art’ sizes (ie, big) upwards… Stand by!

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  3. Lovely! I’ve followed your Instagram, too. I’m terrible at IG but keep it in the back of my mind for “someday” development. I do like it for browsing fine art and photography whenever I’m stuck somewhere and need something to occupy my brain.

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    1. Thanks Sarah… I don’t know if I’m terrible at it or not yet.. I have a horrible feeling it’s used more as creating an image rather than displaying your images but, as with most things Internet, it’s probably can be whatever you make it.

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  4. great as always. When I was in art school, many moons ago, one of my professors had us do an exercise where we photographed/ painted the same architectural detail in different seasons and different times of day. It was amazing how many differences there can be in this observation. I think it would work well on one of your neighborhood doors!

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  5. These work so well as black and whites, my own personal leaning. The trouble with the doors at Heligan are that they shrink in size as the days go by. Especially if you happen to be camping next door and find the rather nice large breakfasts hard to resist on a daily basis. 😉

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