Thursday Doors – Ivy Cottage

img_4095This is a rather short and sweet Thursday doors post. I’m knee-deep in formatting at the moment (but think I can see the finish line ), so I haven’t been out and about so much this week.

However, on a short walk the other day I noticed this door. Actually, I noticed the ivy first, the the way it climbed so beautifully and how the red leaves contrasted against the green hedge below. I’ve been along this road many times, but never noticed the door before – it’s on the side of the house, rather than the front, a grass track running alongside.

So there are no history lessons or far-flung shores this week. Rather, just a reminder that beauty and inspiration can also be found close to home. It just takes turning your head at the right moment to discover them. 🙂

This is my entry for this week’s Thursday Doors Challenge, courtesy of Norm 2.0. For more doors, or to add one of your own, visit Norm’s site and click the link.

29 thoughts on “Thursday Doors – Ivy Cottage

    1. It’s lovely, isn’t it? Like a tree has been flattened against the wall 🙂 The house I think has been there since the 1930s, not sure about the vine/creeper/ivy though 🙂

  1. I love ivy and pretty much any plant/tree that creeps up the sides of buildings/fences/wall/etc. 🙂
    This photo is gorgeous. Great find. (Good luck with the formatting…it’s awful. Although, at this point, you’re probably excellent at it.)

    1. Thanks, Sarah. Someone else pointed out that this probably isn’t ivy, but it kind of looks like it 😀 I love climbing plants too, wisteria and ivy and clematis and all the other ones, they are so pretty, just like this one.
      Oh, the formatting, what a bother! However, I finally managed to sort it out – I’m certainly not excellent at it yet, but perhaps I’m getting a little better.

      1. I think it looks like ivy but I don’t know that much about plants. :-/

        The formatting is killing me. Or, as you said, eating my brain. It’s horrific. I thought it would be a breeze for you by now. *sigh* I was hoping it would get much, much easier by the second (or third) book.

      2. The paperback formatting is easy, piece of cake. But the thing with e-book formatting is that you actually want the document to have as little formatting as possible, because it should just be one long text document, but Word hides all sorts of silly fancy formatting things in its page set-up, which you then have to de-activate. I missed one, which is why I was having all the trouble. Hopefully by book five…?

      3. Great. I’m using Word. I was going to tackle the paperback first then ebook so that’s good news at least. 🙂 Good luck. Looking forward to seeing yours!

      4. Thank you! And I’m looking forward to seeing yours too 🙂
        Sacha has put me onto a program called Vellum – it’s only for Mac, though. And it makes e-books both easy and pretty – think I might be looking into it!

      5. Ha! Sacha loves Joanna Penn who, just recently I believe, announced she switched from Scrivener to Vellum specifically for ebook formatting. Google “Joanna Penn Vellum” and you’ll find an article or ten. 🙂

  2. When it’s growing up the side of a wall I call it Ivy, regardless of what it is.
    This is a lovely shot – we could all benefit from spending a little more time noticing and appreciating simple beauty. Well done Helen 🙂

    1. Thanks, Norm. I’m the same – it’s probably not ivy, but then I’m not a plant expert ;-D I’m really glad you like the shot, it just caught my eye as I went past. Part of the fun of Thursday doors, I think!

    1. My sister-in-law in Australia, who is a bit of a plant expert, says it looks like Boston Ivy, so that was a bit of a relief 😀
      And it is gorgeous, isn’t it? I’d love to have a door like that too 🙂

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