Grab your walking shoes. Let’s stroll through an English village.

David and I spent time in England visiting friends who live in a charming village in the East Midlands. I’ve already posted photos on Facebook but today let’s talk about the doors of this quaint village.

On a casual walk  we began snapping pictures of doors. We didn’t plan this in advance. The colors, door designs, and gardens drew us in. Imagine a crisp autumn afternoon ablaze with color, coupled with brilliant curb appeal.

Autumn Leaves

Some doors fronted the street, with just a single step down to the sidewalk.

Door in English Village
Door in English Village
Door in English Village

Others had stone steps leading up to the door, drawing the visitor forward.

Door in English Village
Door in English Village

Greenery, trimmed to overgrown, adorned some of the doors.

Door in English Village
Black Door
Door in English Village
Door in English Village

Doors overlooking larger yards presented dramatic scenes.

English Garden
House in English Village

Neighborhood children gave us directions to the church and instructed us to pass the “lovely garden,” which turned out to be a Japanese garden complete with a koi pond.
Japanese Garden
Japanese Garden

Pediments perched atop some doors, adding a classical motif as well as modest protection against any rain.
Yard in English Village
Yard in English Village
Yard in English Village
Door in English Village

This front door and its matching red garage door, embraced by stone and brick, makes a dramatic statement:
Door in English Village

Can you spot the honeybee — perhaps a door knocker — on this black door?
Door in English Village

Let’s end our journey in the churchyard, with its own unique passageways.
St. Mary Magdalen
Waltham on the Wolds Churchyard
Waltham on the Wolds Churchyard

Thanks for joining us on our Door Walk through a Leicester village on this glorious day. Read about our other English adventures at York’s Minster and Jorvik, the Viking Village.
Berries

Ann Marie and David

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12 Comments on Why We Love Doors (And You Should, Too!)

  1. Cindy
    October 26, 2015 at 1:18 am (4 years ago)

    They are amazing! Love the ironwork, so intricate and add so much character.
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY.
    Blessings,
    Cindy

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    • irisabbey
      October 26, 2015 at 6:12 pm (4 years ago)

      Cindy, thanks for your comment. Spending time with my college friend in an ancient English village was magical.

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  2. Vel
    October 27, 2015 at 6:02 pm (4 years ago)

    They definitely deserve the love and Focus of your post! I once saw a whole wall filled with a gallery of Door pictures and it was gorgeous! It might be great to do it too with this one! Thanks for stopping by my blog!

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    • irisabbey
      October 27, 2015 at 6:18 pm (4 years ago)

      Vel, thanks for your kind words. What’s surprising to me is that we never intended this outing to be a blog post. It was a simple walk to the church that continued on a bit because of the doors’ colors and style.

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  3. Pam Richardson
    October 27, 2015 at 10:20 pm (4 years ago)

    Ann Marie, I love to photograph doors, also! I always think about the people who reside behind the doors! We traveled to England in August and I have lots of photos of doors! I enjoyed your post! Blessings, Pam (everydayliving.me)

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    • irisabbey
      October 28, 2015 at 3:55 pm (4 years ago)

      Pam, I think the fact that we were walking and trying to observe the village’s details caused us to notice the wonderful doors. At home in Jacksonville we jump in the car to run errands, usually with the air conditioning blasting because of the heat and humidity. An English village was a delightful change of pace — and let us find the doors.

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  4. Carol @ The Red Painted Cottage
    October 28, 2015 at 12:42 am (4 years ago)

    I love unique doors and windows! I even have a Pinterest board for my love of them. We used to winter in FL for 8 winters and always passed through Jacksonville, but with family in TX now, we’ll be going there instead. It really sounds like we have so much in common because I paint furniture and wall murals and I’m a retired teacher!

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    • irisabbey
      October 28, 2015 at 4:04 pm (4 years ago)

      Carol, I went to The Red Painted Cottage’s Pinterest page and was stopped in my tracks by your watercolors, especially the animals. How lovely! I just subscribed to your website because, I agree, we have a lot in common and you like lambs and chocolate. Have a wonderful day.

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  5. Mary-In the boondocks
    October 29, 2015 at 2:57 pm (4 years ago)

    Ann Marie, what an eye for detail you have . I am so impressed that a simple thing such as a door can actually have so many differences. I had never thought about it that way before. Your pictures of course, which are stunning make it easy for us to see all the s ubtle differences in the doors. Such a lovely place. Right out of a fairly tale.

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  6. Suzanne
    October 30, 2015 at 1:17 pm (4 years ago)

    How I love this post! Thanks so much for sharing and featuring today on The Painted Drawer link party!

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  7. Quandie
    November 1, 2015 at 2:18 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh my gosh, I am so envious! I can just picture walking through that lovely village on a fall day and I totally wish I was there. So beautiful!

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    • irisabbey
      November 1, 2015 at 7:41 pm (4 years ago)

      Quandie, it was so gorgeous — I feel very fortunate to have spent time with my college friend in such a storybook setting.

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