Thursday Doors – April 23, 2020

Thursday Doors is a weekly feature allowing door lovers to come together to admire and share their favorite door photos from around the world. Feel free to join in on the fun by creating your own Thursday Doors post each week and then sharing your link in the comments below, anytime between Thursday morning and Saturday noon (North American eastern time). 

A Thought for Nova Scotia

I do have enough unused material in my archives to put together a ‘new’ post. This week however my heart is just not into it. This week, like everyone else in Canada my heart is hurting for Nova Scotia.

If you’ve followed this space for a while you know that outside of my love for my home province of Québec, the next best place where I feel most at peace in this big beautiful country that I’m so fortunate to call home is the province of Nova Scotia.

Having dear old friends who live there gives us the perfect excuse to visit frequently and over the years on this blog I’ve posted many images of the beauty to be found there.

Perhaps you’ve visited yourself? Or spoken to someone who has?

If so you’ll find yourself nodding in agreement as I mention picturesque fishing villages,

beautiful rolling hills and sleepy small towns,

the rich farmlands of the Annapolis valley, the remarkable tides of the Fundy coast,

or the majestic mountains of the Cape Breton Highlands.

 

And despite being blessed with so much undeniable natural beauty the thing that almost every visitor mentions first upon returning home from a visit to Nova Scotia is: the people.

Simply put, Nova Scotia is home to some of the most welcoming, warm, kind, and unpretentiously good people you could ever hope to meet.

This is what makes the 22 lives lost there this past weekend following the murderous rampage of a deranged gunman so hard to come to terms with.

Investigators are still combing through 16 different crime scenes including at least 5 burned out buildings across a 60 km swath of the province, as they try to piece together the chain of events and figure out what happened.

As if a global pandemic wasn’t enough.

And for me the worst thought is knowing that if it can happen in quiet, peaceful Nova Scotia, it truly can happen anywhere. And that my friends is not a thought that I can deal with right now.

Exterior bronze door

Of course we all know that despite the incredibly trying times the world is going through, there is still so much beauty out there. Sometimes it’s just not as easy to see it.

Here’s some of that beauty from my visits to Nova Scotia.

Please friends, drop your links in the comments below and share some beauty of your own.

I’ll be back with a more positive doors post next week. In the meantime as always, thanks for looking 🙂

To share your Thursday Doors post this week just paste your link in the comments section below so that others can visit and have a look at your door discoveries. Remember: you have until noon eastern North American time on Saturday to add your link.

And while you’re here please do take the time to visit some of the other Thursday Doors posts shared by our contributors. Just click on a few of the links you’ll find in the comments below.

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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104 Responses to Thursday Doors – April 23, 2020

  1. I have never been there. Beautiful pictures. That’s terrible about what happened.

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  2. Aimer Boyz says:

    A beautiful tribute …
    Heartbreaking anywhere, but I possible to believe in Nova Scotia 😦

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  3. Sherry Felix says:

    Nova Scotia is on my bucket list. It seems there is no place immune to tragedy.

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  4. Joanne Sisco says:

    What a terrible week it’s been 💔 Between the unthinkable in Nova Scotia, and the growing disaster in our long term care homes, I feel a hurt in my heart that just won’t go away.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joanne. I so know what you mean. As more details come to light on both of these issues it’s getting harder and harder to prevent my hurt from turning into anger. Nothing constructive or helpful will come from that anger, I know. I guess we can only demand that lessons are truly learned, and changes are made to prevent tragedies like this in the future.

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  5. We share your loss for the people killed by that senseless mass killing in Nova Scotia, Norm. I’ve never had the opportunity to visit that Province but your photos tells me that I should visit there someday after the COVID-19 pandemic is over. Hope your friends in Nova Scotia are over the shock and are doing well.

    My small contribution this week can be found at this link:

    https://undiscoverdimagesamongstus2.wordpress.com/2020/04/24/were-there-spies-behind-any-doors/

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thank you Gordon. If we’re all ever allowed to travel again, it’s a destination I highly recommend, especially for nature lovers.

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      • Eventually, the world will heal and we will open our eyes and see things how we can make it better; we have been taking things for granted and letting our guards down especially with the greedy politicians and corporations. I saw you PM’s address on COVID-19 this morning and was so impressed that other countries have leaders with sound minds and most of all, empathy for the people they lead. Don’t give up, there is Hope out there but the Hope only works when it starts with you and becomes virulent like the pandemic.

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  6. joey says:

    So beautiful. I can’t get over your lighthouse photo.
    I was 21? 22? when I went to Nova Scotia, and I didn’t know anything about it prior but we had a choice of travel or several venue options for our unstructured time and spending money. I remember words like “rustic” and “breathtaking” and “ferry” being the keywords for my choice. It was also the most expensive travel of my life, something that seemed easier at that age.
    I had never experienced anything like it. It was August and I was cold, which made me happy. Also, so much color and seemingly accidental beauty. I don’t know how to say that. Your “sleepy fishing towns” seems right, but it was as if everywhere I looked I saw only beauty. like someone painted a picture as if it were a home or a shop where items were carefully chosen. I’m rambling, but I really haven’t recovered. Sometimes when you share places in Quebec, I think, “oh that was on a list for when I went to Nova Scotia instead” and umm, no regrets. I’d love to go back.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Joey. You described your time there so well I can just close my eyes and see it as if I was standing there myself.
      Hopefully one day we’ll get together somewhere over a meal or a few ‘adult beverages’ and you can tell me more about it. Sitting on the rocks at Peggy’s Cove while admiring the lighthouse works for me. We’ll bring the thermos, you guys bring the sammiches. Deal?

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  7. I was very sad to hear of this horrific tragedy. Thank you for sharing this tribute to the beautiful province of Nova Scotia and the people who live there, Norm.

    https://brendasrandomthoughts.wordpress.com/2020/04/25/thursday-doors-florence-italy/

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  8. jazzytower says:

    Nova Scotia looks to be a beautiful place for a visit. Such lovely photos Norm. A wonderful tribute.
    So sorry about that crazy event.
    Here is my entry for this week

    Pat

    https://thoughtsandentanglements.wordpress.com/2020/04/24/thursday-doors-60/

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  9. A beautiful tribute to a lovely area, Norm. Definitely a place to visit one day. Stunning photography!

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  10. Beautiful landscapes, handsome doors, and such a sad news story out of such a lovely part of our world. Our prayers go to all the families affected by such a tragedy.

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  11. tgeriatrix says:

    Looks like a beautiful place – despite the dreadful news.
    Here are my doors for this week: https://geriatrixfotogallerie.wordpress.com/2020/04/24/barn-doors/

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  12. Nice pics, nice scenery and some nice street art in there Norm.

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  13. Thank you for sharing your photos of Nova Scotia. I spent 7 years in the province, and met my husband there in his hometown of Avonport. (We now live in Victoria, British Columbia.) It breaks our hearts to hear the horrible news and the tragic loss of so many lives! Trying to wrap our minds around the hows and whys is an impossible task right now. Like you, we don’t want to contemplate the notion that, if it happened in very small town N.S., it can happen anywhere. That thought is too much to bear right now. Thank you for your heartfelt words about a province I also hold dear.

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  14. amoralegria says:

    I was so shocked to read about the mass shooting in Nova Scotia! Most of our news here is pandemic-related, but I saw an article about it in a 3-day-old newspaper (I don’t touch the newspapers that come into my house these days until they are 3 days old). Your photos are beautiful and I love the door with the whale fluke handle!
    Here’s mine (some may be recycled!) http://amoralegria.com/2020/04/23/thursday-doors-doors-on-my-travels/

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  15. Linda Schaub says:

    The news did not mention the rampage here until the shooter was killed – such devastation and you could hear the question “why?” in your PM’s voice. Sad – so sad and a senseless tragedy. Your photos are beautiful Norm, all of them- my favorite was the black and white fishing village and I smiled at the cute tugboat too.

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  16. Nova Scotia is beautiful. I’ve never been there and am not likely to go now but I have a distant family connection. It was a horrible thing that happened and it defies understanding. You don’t expect things like this to take place in peaceful, beautiful places but sometimes they do and it’s all the more shocking.

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  17. Oh Norm, what a beautiful and heartfelt post. I would love to visit this community based on all you say about this people and the places you show us. So many wonderful photos that I could be calling all favourites, but that whale tail knocker is something that I have never seen. How gorgeous is that? 😮 I’m so sorry for what happened.

    My post is light in spirit and again includes something like poetry. One more week. Next Thursday is the last day of April. How did this happen? Nothing happens over here and yet the time is running.

    https://mexcessive.photo.blog/2020/04/23/day-23-thursday-doors-23-4-20-doors-vrata/

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  18. Thanks, Norm for giving a peaceful interlude in these chaotic times. It probably took great effort to post this week, and your photos inspire hope that beauty remains in spite of hurt and pain. I especially appreciated the door murals. Theodore Too reminded me of “Scuffy the Tugboat” a favorite children’s adventure book. Here’s a post from one of my favorite states: https://wheatsaltwineoil.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/deep-and-wide-thursday-doors/

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  19. Ally Bean says:

    I agree with your conclusion. If it can happen where people are kind, then it most certainly can happen elsewhere. Not a comforting idea. I like that you’ve featured photos in honor of Nova Scotia. It won’t change things, but it’s a wonderful way of showing support. I like the red door, of course.

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  20. Oh my word, I hadn’t heard about this terrible tragedy, Norm. I’ve not been listening to the news too much as it’s all about the pandemic and can be very depressing. But this news is horrific. My heart goes out to the people who’ve been affected. I always love the images you share of this beautiful place. I’m so, so sorry to hear this. Thank you for continueing to host this week, in what must be a very troubling time for you. Here’s my contribution.
    https://jeanreinhardt.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/thursday-doors-lockdown/

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Jean. With all the chaos going on around the globe right now I’m not surprised this didn’t receive more widespread coverage. It is a beautiful place though and I so wish that tragedies like this didn’t happen anywhere.

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  21. lulu says:

    I agree that Nova Scotia is not a place where crazy should happen. It is a wonderful place to visit and photograph.
    https://lulumusing.com/2020/04/23/taking-note/

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  22. Colline says:

    I have not visited Nova Scotia but would like to some time.

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Colline. Hopefully one day when things return to some semblance of normal you’ll get the chance to see it for yourself. It’s such a pretty part of the country 🙂

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  23. Sad news indeed, I live in Canada, but I’ve never been that far east. I wish I could, it looks so beautiful. Love your selections, https://thankfulbylily.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/thursday-doors-behind-kfc/

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  24. DrJunieper says:

    The news of Nova Scotia is horrrid, cruel and so unexpected. Ever since good friends of ours showed their vacation pics from there, it has been on my bucket list.The surroundings there are so painterly, would love to paint there and soak up the atmosphere. Your post is a great tribute to that.! The black and white church building is very striking! And so are the sienna doors. Many thanks for sharing! https://wp.me/p9EWyp-1KV

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  25. scooj says:

    Thank you for that fabulous post. The Nova Scotia shooting had barely a mention in the UK media such is the dominance of Covid news and our insatiable appetite for it. I have taken to the garden and the allotment for my quiet contemplation time. Some graffiti doors from me this week: https://scooj.org/2020/04/23/thursday-doors-24-april-2020/

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Considering the extent of the global chaos caused by the pandemic I’m not surprised the news flew in under the radar in many places.
      Time in the garden is good for the soul: enjoy 🙂

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  26. lolaWi says:

    i am so sorry about this dreadful news. sending my prayers of healing and love. thank you for a lovely tribute and the beautiful gallery of nova scotia and doors. here’s my contribution for this week: https://lolawi.blog/2020/04/23/doors-in-prague/

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  27. Norm, your photos are just beautiful, I’ve been most of the places shown. My husband I visited Nova Scotia about 5 years ago. We found the scenery beautiful and quaint. The people though are what surprised me. I have never been anywhere, and found a nicer group of people. They were extremely friendly and outgoing, and oh so sweet. My heart broke when I saw this on the news. You’re so right, this can happen anywhere, which is so scary and just plain awful. God Bless Canada and my prayers go out to all especialy those in Nova Scotia.

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  28. Norm, you have some many beautiful shots of beautiful things that I scarcely know which one/ones to comment on. Perhaps that will suffice. I was sorry to read about the shootings as well. As you say, it seems like just one thing too much.

    Here’s my contribution for the week:
    https://sustainabilitea.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/thursday-doors-french-gates/

    janet

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  29. Photographias says:

    Shocking news that were just briefly on our media. Your post is a lovely tribute.
    Here’s mine
    https://photographias.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/thursday-doors-monserrate/

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  30. Ruth says:

    I really do love the whale fluke door knocker, how cool is that! 🙂 However I’ve been avoiding the news for a few days, so had no idea what had happened in Nova Scotia – so sad to read about 😦

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  31. Marla says:

    I agree – as if a global pandemic isn’t enough! What a tragic, horrific and unimaginable thing to happen. Thank you for posting such a beautiful tribute. 💕

    My door comes from a UNESCO World Heritage site: https://marlaonthemove.com/2020/04/23/thursday-doors-saint-savin/

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  32. How timely of you, Norm, to honor those who have lost their lives in Nova Scotia. The doors and buildings are quite beautiful, and so are you to think of this as the topic for this week.

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  33. Sorry to hear that Nova Scotia was having this tragic experience. When wil people learn the Guns aren’t the answer?

    Well, I have a rather enigmatic Door to offer this week:
    https://myvintagecamerasblog.com/2020/04/23/two-views-of-a-door/

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  34. Lovely tribute to a beloved place of mine also. Thank you Norm. Like the rest of Canada (and the world), I am trying (and failing) to wrap my head around the events in Nova Scotia. I can’t even imagine how people in that province and those communities are dealing with this tragedy. Especially as they can’t come together in their grief due to the pandemic.

    Deb

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    • Norm 2.0 says:

      Thanks Deb. I spoke to our friends there last night and everyone is just numb. The worst is that all of those families are unable to say a proper goodbye to the ones they’ve lost due to the pandemic. It’s heartbreaking.

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  35. TCast says:

    This is one amazing place. I wish I can go there one day. And I heard that sad news on the television…so hard to fathom how these people can do such things,.

    Here is mine for this week https://travel-with-tech.blog/2020/04/23/no-entry/

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  36. marianallen says:

    I’m so sorry about what is both a personal tragedy to the families involved and a national trauma for Canada. Sending virtual hugs across the miles. My little post is from happier, free-er times. https://marianallen.com/2020/04/back-when-i-got-around-thursdaydoors/

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  37. Debbie Smyth says:

    A great tribute, Norm. Thanks for sharing the beauty of the area and its people.
    I’m looking back at a trip to Barcelona, its painted shutters and its tradition of celebrating St George’s Day – a different, less mobile celebration this year, sadly. https://travelwithintent.com/2020/04/23/st-george-in-action-in-barcelona/

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  38. trentpmcd says:

    A wonderful tribute to the beautiful people and beautiful landscape of Nova Scotia. It was such a tragedy, made all the harder that the people can’t physically come together at this time. I’m not too far away (relatively speaking) and really need to visit some day.

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  39. That lighthouse is beautiful.

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  40. Kathy Kottaridis says:

    Sharing your heartbreak. Thank you for the hopeful and beautiful reminders of Nova Scotia’s resilience.

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  41. Yes, I managed to combine Thursday Doors and National Poetry Writing Month. https://unassortedstories.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/d-is-a-door/

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  42. Dan Antion says:

    Norm, I was so sorry to read about this in the news. All of these events are awful, but when they occur in places we know, places we’ve been, it’s that much harder to accept.

    Your doors are beautiful, a very nice tribute to a beautiful place.

    Thank you for hosting Thursday Doors under these circumstances.

    My doors are at https://nofacilities.com/2020/04/23/railroad-doors-thursdaydoors/

    Take care.

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  43. Great variety of doors, but overshadowed by the tragic events. I cannot begin to understand what the people of NS are feeling right now.
    My Venetian door series continues: https://drprunesquallor279704606.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/thursday-doors-love-in-the-time-of-corona-5/

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  44. The like is, of course, for the beautiful pictures and beautiful doors. The horrible news has even reached the Dutch newspapers. I deeply hope this will stay an exception to what your country is used to!

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  45. Dreadful news but as usual you have put together a great post. I especially like the fish tail door knocker.
    I have gone back to Marrakech this week…
    https://apetcher.wordpress.com/2020/04/23/thursday-doors-the-majorelle-gardens-in-marrakech/

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