Thursday Doors – October 8, 2015

Everyone Welcome

Last month while on an early morning photo walk in Annapolis Royal, Nova Scotia I came across this lovely old Anglican Church – St. Luke’s, built in 1822.


There’s something to be said for the deliberately simple lines of the Gothic Revival style. Whenever I see places like this it makes me stop and want to examine further, and though I’m not a religious person it still somehow leads me to a certain amount of introspection.

Maybe it was the quiet of early morning or the way the light was shining through the trees that put me in a more pensive mood, but to me buildings like this harken back to a simpler time when how you acted and how you treated others was much more important than it seems to be today.


Whether it’s a loud-mouth buffoon shouting on the news about his right to stockpile more assault rifles than he could ever need or use, a brainwashed extremist committing unspeakable cruelties in the name of their God, or a bigoted opportunist politician demonizing anyone they even partially disagree with; it seems that being outrageous, insisting on always being right, and drawing attention to oneself by shouting longer and louder than everyone else has replaced humility, courtesy and respect for others’ beliefs and opinions.

It’s enough to bring you down if you let it.

I stood there for a few minutes taking pictures from different positions and angles, lost in this admittedly negative train of thought. But as I got closer and was saddened a little to see how this historic old building and its door have seen better days, the thing that struck me most was the wonderful message on that sign – just perfect for turbulent times:

Everyone Welcome


Special Note: This weekend is our Thanksgiving here in Canada and as I do each year on this holiday, as of 5:00 pm Eastern time on Friday I will be unplugged and totally offline until Tuesday.

The link-up tool will be open until noon on Saturday so please feel free to join in by sharing your own Thursday Doors post with others. I’ll catch up with any of the ones I miss next week.

Until then, you kids all play nice and don’t break anything while I’m gone okay? 😀

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About Norm 3.0

World’s youngest grumpy old man & heart failure wonder boy. Interests: writing, woodworking, photography, travel, tennis, wine, and I know a bit about power tools.
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55 Responses to Thursday Doors – October 8, 2015

  1. I love those red doors, and the splintered and peeling paint. They’ve weather the storms and will continue to stand.
    Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! I hope your time offline is filled with the love of family, friends, good food, and lots of laughter, and a walk, or nap or two. 🙂 See you next week…online!

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  2. Dan Hen says:

    Great door . Your thoughts I share . Have a happy Thanksgiving ! ( Hope you did ) .

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  4. Such a beautiful post Norm and words to match – we don’t have Thanksgiving here in France of course, but there’s a lot to be said for taking time out once in a while to count one’s blessings – hope you and yours have a wonderful weekend.

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  5. Happy Thanksgiving! I never knew of Canadian Thanksgiving until this morning when a friend told me about it. She celebrates with her family. Love the Gothic church doors. Reminds me of a great one I have in the archives – will have to dig it out for a Thursday!!

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  7. reocochran says:

    Happy Thanksgiving, knowing uou may already be offline. Hope it was a special family gathering with lots of fun, jokes, warmth and good food, Norm.
    The beautiful red door on the white tall church building were a lovely sight to see. Thank you, Norm. I like the sign saying, “Everyone Welcome.”
    The door to a church is extra special in that people go in, kneel and praise God. Such reverence may be had in a beautiful meadow, under stars and moon, or in a forest with no one else to hear your inner thoughts but Him.
    Serenity and gratitude are on my mind now.

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  9. jesh stg says:

    Beautiful as well as colorful door! Love the simplicity of the building too.

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  10. jan says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! I am very thankful to you for pointing out the beauty of doors – I took several shots on my trip back east which I am looking forward to sharing next week. Right now I am far too tired!

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  11. Wonderful detail in that lovely old church, Norm, and very good points made in your post, too. I agree wholeheartedly with you.

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  13. Geert Smits says:

    I love the detail: everyone welcome! Something you don’t hear often anymore in Europe. Thanks for the (visual) reminder 🙂

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  15. Paula says:

    Great doors, Norm, and great words. And great idea to take a techno-break for the holiday. I think we could all use one. I don’t really know what life was like in the old days, but I do think that people were more forced to deal with one another on a day-to-day basis. Perhaps they behaved better just knowing that any bad behavior would be dealt with immediately and personally? Anonymity tends to breed rudeness, doesn’t it?
    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, Norm!

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  16. mariannegv says:

    Good morning, Norm! Here’s my entry for this Thursday
    Have a great day.

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  19. Sylvia says:

    An inviting red door that welcomes everyone to a prayer for simplicity and peace what else can we ask for! Enjoy your time offline Norm! Happy Thanksgiving to all!

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  20. Sammy D. says:

    There’s something about these white clapboard community churches. They touch my soul and evoke memories of country roads.

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  22. joey says:

    Really lovely. I hadn’t ever thought about how simple the lines are in Gothic Revival architecture, and now I almost feel daft about it. The lines are always crisp, directly taking your eyes here and there, almost always up. These red doors are lovely in shape and welcome.
    Reverence used to mean something, didn’t it?
    Have a happy Thanksgiving 🙂

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  23. Beautiful. I love quaint, old country churches anyway, but this one is especially charming.

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  24. Veronica says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! Enjoy! 😄

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  25. joannesisco says:

    Great post Norm. I couldn’t agree with you more about the “loud-mouth buffoons” , “brainwashed extremists” or “bigoted opportunist politicians” who seem to be dominating the airwaves.

    Beautiful photos in counterbalance to the negative thoughts and I especially like the angle of the 2nd one. It manages to look regal in a simple and peaceful kind of way 🙂

    Happy Thanksgiving. Enjoy your weekend with your family and very best wishes.

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  26. Robin says:

    It’s a beautiful door. Happy Thanksgiving, Norm. 🙂

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  27. marianallen says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and all Canadians. But I tend to think the hateful blowhards stand out more now because they’re outliers now. More and more people accept more and more people. That’s my delusion, anyway, and I’m a-stickin’ to it.

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  28. Happy Thanksgiving, Norm, and enjoy your time away from the internet. I love the simplicity and beauty of both the doors and the building. Civility seems to have become a thing of the past and I think technology may have much to do with it. Everyone can have a voice that reaches out and is heard everywhere, whether a voice of reason or a voice of hate. “News” has become mostly opinion pieces and drama. It really can get you down. I find my solace the same place the people do who attend this church–in God. If I didn’t, I would certainly feel there’s little hope.


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  30. Beautiful church and welcoming doors from the day when we knew our neighbors and were part of the community we lived in. If only that was the world we know today. You gave us lots to think about while you are enjoying Thanksgiving with your family. I applaud your pulling the plug – family and friends are always more important that the net. Happy Thanksgiving, Norm. 🙂

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  32. Nato says:

    Lovely images and deep thoughts. It is a sad and strange world these days at times. Makes you wonder if it was much simpler to get a long back when this church was built? If so, why has it become harder now? If we knew, I suppose we could solve it….
    Enjoy your unplugged vacation!

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  35. Dan Antion says:

    The doors are simple but yet so beautiful. In 1822, that was quite the labor of love. I like the high arch and the simple color scheme. They don’t look very wide but they look sturdy. I also appreciate the words you’ve added today. Happy Thanksgiving Norm. I’ll see you next week and I’ll try to be good.

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  36. Colline says:

    The door is simple and yet beautiful. Enjoy yourThanksgiving Norm.

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