Thursday Doors – July 12, 2018

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Note: As of July 21st I’ll be taking a 2-week summer break. With this in mind there will be no #ThursdayDoors link-up here on July 26th and August 2nd.   

Please feel free to continue posting your own #ThursdayDoors for those two weeks if you like. Just be aware that there will be no link-up here to group them all in one place. 

I’ll be back with our regular #ThursdayDoors link-up on August 9th.

Historic Avenue Royale – Québec City Region  

Back in May I took a drive along an historic stretch of the old road east of Québec City called Avenue Royale which is part of la Route de la Nouvelle France

As far back as the mid-seventeenth century this was the main road connecting the farms of the Beaupré region to the markets in Québec City. Today it’s just a quiet country road running parallel to the St. Lawrence river, that is ideal for a scenic drive or bike ride.

You’ll find dozens of 250-300 year-old stone homes

Farms that have been in the same family for many generations

and bucolic countryside that just makes you want to slow down to admire.

Aside from the root cellars I showed in the first post (link above), another interesting thing I discovered was the outdoor bread ovens that were often built between two properties and then shared by both families.

For me, the highlight of the morning drive came from stumbling upon Boulangerie (bakery) Chez Marie.

Housed in a field-stone home that was originally built in 1652 they still use their outdoor bread oven, and the family has been selling their baked goods out of this location for over 90 years.

Of course I had to stop to sample their wares…

It was getting close to lunch time and I was so hungry that I scarfed down that delicious rhubarb, strawberry and cheese danish before I even thought of taking a picture of it.

Sorry, but here’s a lovely red door to make up for my inattention 😉

Thanks for looking 🙂

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About Norm 2.0

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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69 Responses to Thursday Doors – July 12, 2018

  1. Amy says:

    I loved that aged green against the worn wood. I had no idea about outdoor bread ovens. Those are amazing!!

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  2. Ah, it does make me want to slow down. Lovely scenery. I’m a fan of stone cottages and houses, and the barn door is my favorite. Very nice! I’m sorry to be a “fair weather” Thursday Door blogger. Preparing for summer camp in Mongolia so I should have some fun doors to share in a couple of weeks. =)

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  3. cool outdoor bread ovens. I didn’t think they existed. I always thought ovens were inside. NIce red door.

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  4. dennyho says:

    Although the doors are terrific I find myself noticing the pretty red tin roofs. They appear to be plentiful in the area.

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  5. Mama Cormier says:

    Your photos bring back fond memories of the bus trips I used to make with my grade 8 students. These are probably many of the same houses that we passed on our tour.

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  6. Lovely collection of doors, Norm. I love the variety of colors and shapes. And, of course, the over door. 🙂

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  7. Aimer Boyz says:

    It is a truly lovely red door…and the fact that Boulangerie Marie has been around for 90 years …amazing.
    Looks like you’ll be away when I’m in Montreal for the comedy festival. Enjoy your time out east. Have a great vacation 🙂

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  8. prior.. says:

    love the rich patina in the bakery doors and so much variety here – also – enjoy your vacation.
    we will miss you – but see you after the break…

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  9. Ahhh, bread oven doors! Surely the first in all these years on here! 😉 And what a lovely red door and countryside! Also, thanks for the heads-up about two weeks without Thursday Doors. They will be used to stock up. Or maybe I just won’t look at a single door all this time – said no (wo)man ever. 😉

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  10. jesh stg says:

    If I didn’t know better, i might be thinking this is a blog about roofs – Love all the different roof lines you found – and of course the outside oven – would be a great idea where I live – enough place- when it’s in the 90ties as it has been for 2 weeks now. Have a great summer break, Norm, especially the last week, since that’s the week of my birthday:)

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  11. marianallen says:

    Oh! I love that cockamamie red roof! And I adore the stone homes and outdoor bread ovens! I would just pitch a tent in Marie’s parking lot. Man does not live by bread alone, but you said they have strawberries, rhubarb, and cream cheese, so that’s all right.

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  12. JT Twissel says:

    I love those outdoor bread ovens – so cool. Have a great time off! We all need a break.

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  13. The bread oven and their doors are wonderful! I really like red trim and doors with natural stone. You found some great doors on that trip.

    Have a wonderful vacation!

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  14. What lovely old doors! I love the bread ovens… hmmmm… maybe one would look great in my back yard. Enjoy your time off, Norm! The break should give me enough time to get my newest travel door pictures organized.

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  15. Joanne Sisco says:

    The photos in this post look like they could be from France. Those beautiful stone buildings have been beautifully maintained; I think Quebec tends to be better connected to its history and culture, therefore it gets preserved. I can’t help but think how difficult it would have been to bake in a wood oven without the benefit of temperature controls!

    Enjoy your vacation, Norm! Hope the weather is good, the touring invigorating, and the door finds plentiful 🙂

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  16. Tara says:

    Lovely and fun, as usual.

    Enjoy your break! 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Tara. One more post next Thursday and then, yes I will enjoy the break 🙂

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      • Tara says:

        Didn’t mean to rush your break there. I’m just so into summer being over (so not my season) that I wish it was late July already! 🙂 Only two weeks to football training camp, a sure sign that summer is coming to an end … and I don’t even LIKE FOOTBALL! 🙂

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  17. The stone houses and the countryside looks fabulous. But what I enjoyed most was the photo of the oven. It made me think of pizzas. And your story is interesting; happens to me too. Unless you are a dedicated food blogger I guess you don’t always remember to take a photo of the food first.

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  18. travtrails says:

    The bread oven doors are fantastic. We have the ‘tandoor’ in India but there is no door on it.

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  19. Jennie says:

    This is a favorite, Norm. The outdoor beehive oven captivated me. This area of stone houses reminds me of Pennsylvania. I notice that it is May and the trees are still not in bloom. Wow!

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  20. Sherry Felix says:

    The outdoor bread ovens make sense. For fire safety and heat in summer. Nice to see you found some. the new red brick on the second loos out of place.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Sherry. You’re bang-on with your reasoning on the outdoor ovens. I think that second oven is just painted mortar and not actually bricks, but whoever did it needs more practice in simulating the look and color of real brick 😉

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  21. Stone cottages and red doors, a fabulous treat, thanks, Norm. I love the idea of sharing an outdoor bread oven. Now, if I could just find a neighbour willing to bake their own bread ………

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  22. Absolutely gorgeous! I love stone houses and wish I had one! Of course, it would have to be somewhere not so cold! HA! Fascinating about the outdoor ovens! Have a fabulous break!

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  23. joey says:

    This morning finds me sans patisserie :/
    So charming! The whole bucolic scene has me longing!
    Outdoor bread ovens shared by families. Mercy. Sometimes my neighbor grills up some fish and shares, no outdoor bread oven though. Bread oven doors for the win, Norm! 🙂

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  24. Ally Bean says:

    I haven’t eaten breakfast yet so it’s just plain cruel of you to show photos of and talk about a bakery. One that sounds like a wonderful place, a glimpse into a different era. I love the red roof on it that only serves to enhance the unassuming red door into it.

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  25. scooj says:

    This really looks like a beautiful place and has a bit of an ‘old world’ feel to it. Some great doors, particularly the oven doors.

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  26. Kelly MacKay says:

    Have a great vacation

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  27. Jackie says:

    I’m drawn to red doors. Have a great vacation.

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  28. Dan Antion says:

    These are great doors, Norm. I must remember to not show the bread ovens to my wife. I think I’d be building one if I did. I really like the curves gambrel roofs you guys have. You don’t see that style often down here. I built a gambrel roof on our house. It was hard enough to get the angled kick at the bottom. I’m glad I didn’t try for a graceful curve, but they are beautiful.

    I might join you in taking a break. I’ve got some projects going on. I have time to post but maybe not to take pictures. In any case, thanks for all the hard work you put into this program.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Dan. I don’t know with 100% certainty but I’d hazard a guess that this roof style became popular here primarily because it helps limit snow accumulation.
      As for the outdoor bread oven I can only imagine the learning curve in trying to figure out how to bake the bread just right without burning it 😀
      A short summer break might do us all some good.

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      • Dan Antion says:

        There must be a reason, Norm because I think it would be harder to frame and I’m not sure how you get the sheathing to curve.

        The break might be a good time to put some doors in inventory 😏

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  29. tgeriatrix says:

    Oh, I like this baking places!

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  30. Norm, you always have great doors, but these are great+. The stone house doors are lovely, but those green barn doors set my pulse to quickening. We have a barn built in the 1840’s that the previous owner painted the door brown. Where the brown has worn off on the edges, the same green color paint is underneath. 🙂 The bread ovens are handsome, functional, and go back to a time when you lived in a real community – nice. Did you say pastries? Nice way to end. 🙂

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Judy. There were a number of gorgeous old barns along the route but many of them were too far from the road or were obstructed by trees, otherwise I could have done a full post just on those.


  31. That oven door is fabulous – a secret ambition of mine is to have an outdoor oven like this. Fabulous that it is shared. They have many of these “village” ovens still here in Greece where they are shared with everyone in the village.

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