You could be forgiven for thinking that I’ve jumped off the Thursday Doors bandwagon, but in order to truly believe that, you mustn’t realise that it’s not possible to escape that particular wagon. You might doze in a corner for a while, or you might walk alongside it to stretch your legs a bit, but there’s never a real separation.
Anyway, what I’m trying to say in my roundabout way is that it has been a heck of a long time since I last actively participated in Thursday Doors, but I’m finally back. I’ve seen more and more doors, and have more and more photos …just need the time to sift through them and construct blog posts.
On the week-end, I started reading All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It is an amazingly well-written story about WWII, and it’s inspired me to pay attention to the small details of the world around me. It inspired me in much the same way as TD did, so I figured it’s time to wake from my TD hibernation and compile a new post.
I’m putting this together on Sunday 21/04, to publish on Thursday 25/04, which happens to be Anzac Day. And although Anzac Day marks the anniversary of a significant day in WWI, it’s also a day to commemorate all Australians and New Zealanders who have served in any war. So I feel like everything is now connected.
Unfortunately, I don’t have photos of doors from memorials, monuments or other remembrance-type places. (And our museum doors are ordinary glass.)
However, when I scrolled through my photo library, I realised I did have a number of sturdy doors – the type you might like to take refuge behind if you were fleeing Paris in light of an imminent German threat (as the protagonist in the novel did). I found the above door in the middle of a large bar/pub. The small room it protects actually sits right in the middle of the floorspace. Whatever’s behind here must be important. But possibly just more alcohol.
This next door looks like it could be bullet-proof, but it’s surrounded by so much glass. Good for fun reflections in photos, but probably not so helpful if you’re trying to hide from someone…
The final door in this post is coincidentally also from a bar (well, technically it’s a brewery too). Soapbox Beer only opened late last year, but I’ve already been twice, and it looks like they’re doing quite well. They have a good range of beers, and the food is excellent. As a bonus, they also have this incredible door on display:
There is a small sign that says it’s a fire door that was salvaged from the original building. I was intrigued by the slant of the top of the door, but could not find out much about it (not that I tried that hard). Apparently the owners frequently work behind the counter too, so maybe I’ll ask one of them next time I’m there.
The actual doors to and from Soapbox are normal glass doors, which you can see on the left in the photo. I’m sure this was the better arrangement, as I imagine it’d be quite difficult to open the fire door.
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