Sunday, 25 August 2013

Doorways, portals and passages - a Secret Garden

After returning fromn Sardinia we spent a week at home, mainly going on bike rides and indulging in the odd pub lunch, but occasionally ventured a bit more further afield by car when our saddle-sore behinds needed a break. Although West Green House is relatively close to us, it's somewhere we'd never visited before. The weather was a bit grey, and we had to dodge the showers, but an intriguing garden to visit, with lots of smaller, enclosed gardens. The gardens were spectacular, but what caught mt attention more than anything else were the doorways. Some were big and bold, whilst others were a bit more hidden, reminding me a little of the children's classic, The Secret Garden.

Circular doorway at West Green House, Hampshire
Circular doorway at West Green House, Hampshire

Doorway at West Green House, Hampshire
Doorway at West Green House, Hampshire

Doorway at West Green House, Hampshire
Doorway at West Green House, Hampshire

Doorway at West Green House, Hampshire
Doorway at West Green House, Hampshire

Doorway at West Green House, Hampshire
Doorway at West Green House, Hampshire

Doorway at West Green House, Hampshire
Doorway at West Green House, Hampshire

Ok, so this last picture is not of a doorway, but it satisified my curiousity enough to include it here. It seems to be some sort of old water pump, possibly still in use.

Old water pump at West Green House, Hampshire
Old water pump at West Green House, Hampshire

    

17 comments:

  1. You are so right with your title as the photographs capture my idea of the gateways to secret gardens and an anticipation of what might be within, .

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  2. Lovely doors! I always like to take photos of interesting doors when we travel.

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  3. Wonderful doors and doorways -- what is it about doors, anyway, that fascinates us all?

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  4. Oh I seem to be in love with that round door!

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  5. Doorways do make such good picture frames dont they?

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  6. The doorways to walled or fenced gardens deserve a theme by themselves. These were great, especially the oriental circular one.

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  7. Beautiful post. I love pictures with doorways or paths or roads leading somewhere just beyond what you can see. They whet your imagination. In particular I find that round 'porthole' of a doorway fascinating - especially as it's done in brick. I love old brick - probably because the front walk of the home I grew up in was paved with old/used brick. It just seems so warm & inviting.

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  8. Looks like a delightful garden - i've been to some amazing ones in england but not this one.

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  9. Wonderful! I can see why you chose to 'open' with that round one, it's so lovely

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  10. The idea of photographing an open door from either side was extra special. Magnificent garden shots.

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  11. The view through a garden doorway is always a lovely surprise. Thanks for those photos.

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  12. I've heard of the "Doors of Dublin", but I think they missed the boat, not doing a "Doors of Hampshire" series. I like that water pump photo very much.

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  13. Great...and as I looked I began to think of The Secret Garden and there it was at the end...

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  14. Lovely garden, and the doorways certainly add lots of intrigue - children must love to play there, if they are allowed!

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  15. Circular doorway -- how charming is that!!

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  16. You had my attention right off at secret garden! Lovely doorways, every single one!

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  17. A fascinating collection of doorways. Thanks for sharing.

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