“Be the opener of doors for such as come after thee” Ralph Waldo Emerson
I thought I would do something a little different for this letter – so this is more of a photo-blog – lots of photos and not much chatting! (I can hear you sigh with relief from here!)
I am fascinated by the doors, doorways, and door furniture you see all over the Algarve. We often hurry past things that can make fantastic photographs, and Dave and I can often been seen shooting ‘strange’ things and getting quizzical looks from passers-by. Doors would be one of those things!
So here are some of our favourite shots – with the occasional explanation!
Have to admit that it’s the old buildings and doors that fascinate me most – all that peeling paint and texture..
Door knockers are great out here too…
although having two seems a little greedy – and which one do you use?!
The fishermen’s cottages out here are fascinating – often just a shed with a tin roof and usually an old comfy chair inside…
I love this ‘Wendy house’ fishermen’s cottage:
and it’s a great place to be a cat and wait for the day’s catch to arrive…
Even the door handles out here are often worth a second look:
And the carvings around architraves are often incredibly detailed and beautiful, even on small properties…
And some doorways like this one don’t even go anywhere anymore!
You often see keys hanging in the outside of front doors – especially in the villages – how trusting and what a sharp contrast to most, if not all of the UK today…
(We pixellated out the photo on the keyring – just in case!)
Churches often have extremely impressive doorways – this one is a small side door at Silves Cathedral (it’s enormous!) and dated 1781
There are also lots of lovely renovated houses, and often much love and care has gone into this work:
The one above is from the amazing little restored village of Pedralva.
So there you have it – a photo-blog of doors! Hope you enjoyed the tour!
and I’ve saved my favourite shot til the end: