#Thursdaydoors – A beautiful church in New York #NYC #photos

I haven’t taken part in #Thursdaydoors hosted on Norm’s site for ages. When I spotted these beautiful church doors on an Uptown tour of New York, I knew they were a perfect specimen to showcase.



I’m afraid I don’t remember the church name or exact location on the tour, maybe someone out there will recognise it? Here’s a few more shots to admire the craftsmanship of such a beautiful building.


This is my last photo post from my recent New York holiday. Here’s the links for the rest…

Snowy Central Park

A tourist’s photo guide to New York

Beautiful buildings on the Uptown bus tour

Check them out and let me know what you think.

#Thursdaydoors – Door to nowhere at #Bodiam Castle

This week I’m joining in #Thursdaydoors, hosted by Norm on his blog, with a few doors to nowhere from Bodiam Castle in Sussex. It’s a lovely example of a moated castle, and though in ruins there is still plenty to spark the imagination. I love these doors that open into nothingness. They remind me of the often used cartoon sketches where the character rushes through a door to escape but finds empty space on the other side. Of course, it’s been used in plenty of films too…


Here’s another door to nowhere.


I love old wooden doors and I’m partial to a portcullis too.


I’ve done a weekend wander post of Bodiam Castle before, so I won’t linger here today. If you’d like to see more of this great castle check out the post here.

One last picture of the beautiful castle itself.




#Thursdaydoors and a visit to Arley Arboretum

I’m joining in #thursdaydoors as hosted by Norm over on his blog. Check the link to see how to join in, and for some great door pictures.

I think there’s something really special about this little door. It has no handle and no key hole, does it take a magic word to open it?


A couple of years ago we visited the beautiful Arley Arboretum in Shropshire. It’s a steep walk up from the village to reach it, but it’s worth the climb. Arley is a stop on the Severn Valley Railway, which is also well worth doing. I’ll post some pictures of that and the railway museum soon.

There are some lovely gateways at the arboretum.



If you’re ever near Arley in Shropshire this is a beautiful place to spend a few hours. And because it’s an arboretum, I had to share a couple of tree pictures even if it doesn’t fit with the Thursday doors theme.

My son has kindly provided a scale to judge the height and girth of the trees. He’s a tree fanatic, so this is a very cool place for him to visit.

First a Lebanese Cedar…


We believe the next two are Sequoia



And selection of trees


And back to the original reason for this post, that cool door…


I liked it so much it even played a small role in my first novel. It wasn’t opened by magic, just an ordinary key, but the key user was a wizard. I’ve also used the picture in my blog tour, in case you recognise it.

Zarua - Shelley - Gate picture post

Sorry for the shameless plug, but I really do love this door.