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Thursday Doors: My Other House has a Porch

Bear R Humphreys occasionally took part in posting a few photographs for Norm Framptons Thursday Doors on the Bears Photos blog.

I thought that I’d start posting them here now instead as I have been known to be slightly tongue-in-cheek and even funny sometimes and this site suits that a little more. I don’t know if regulars here have noticed me attempting to be funny at all but I can assure you that I try.

Possibly it’s best, as I do, to think of the Bear R Humphreys photographer bloke as a completely separate entity from me. It’s like ‘he does arty stuff and takes the photos, I do some silly captions’.

Anyway, these pictures are all from the little fishing town of Port Isaac in Cornwall, a town ten miles from me that is now famous for being the location for a TV series called Doc Martin.

I will have to admit now that I have never watched a single episode of this TV series but I do know that, before roughly 2004, the taxi service car that runs tourists up and down the steep and narrow streets of Port Isaac never had ‘As seen on TV‘ proudly emblazoned on it. Also the car park above the town that had space for about 50 cars was sufficiently large before but there is now a larger one even further out of the town in addition, with space for loads more cars and special coach bays marked out.

Also the number of quaint fishermans cottages that suddenly have coffee shops, restaurants and gift tat places squeezed into what used to be their front room has increased wildly. All the other cottages are second homes or have rental company plaques on them. So, Port Isaac used to be real but has become more like a stage set than a place, which is a shame.

Anyway, doors.

Not an overly exciting door unless you were exiting it quickly and forgot where it went. That might be exciting.  This one obviously doesn’t need a porch at all.

I love the early evolution of a porch here, a bit of Delabole slate probably (the slate mines of Delabole are less than 5 miles away)  just propped at a jaunty angle.

Cornish ingenuity at it’s best. If you either don’t have room or money enough to build a porch, just paint a porch shape around your door.

If you are a door enthusiast or just a bit wierd and would enjoy virtually traveling around the world to see all sorts of other examples of doors and maybe some porches, why not visit Norms latest post where he’ll have a link to get you started on taking a look.

28 thoughts on “Thursday Doors: My Other House has a Porch”

  1. With that last one perhaps they felt that tiny ledge offered by the upper part of the wall jutting out a little was sufficient, so a larger, proper porch was just superfluous?

    I’ve not been following this blog very long, but I would certainly say it appears to be written by quite a different personality to the Bear’s Photos blog. Which is something the internet allows us to do quite freely and happily! I enjoy both!

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    1. No, I think it’s that the lane it’s in is about one cart width so they probably wouldn’t be allowed any form of architecture that would eat into it. Honestly, if you stood with the door open on your threshold you’d be in danger of having your toes run over.

      Glad to hear you enjoy it. 🙂

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    1. We went to the little bistro of his just opposite the slipway down in the town just recently, I’ll be saving my pocket money up for visiting the big boys one another time soon 🙂

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  2. Your door photos are lovely. I’ve seen a few episodes of Doc Martin, but wasn’t as taken with the show as everyone else, I guess. Still, seeing photos of the town in which it is [was?] filmed is cool.

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    1. My mother is a fan, we took her there and we almost needed a defibrillator at some stages when she recognised some of the houses and stuff that they use.

      You wait until I take her on the Poldark tour… I’ll wait until I know I’m in the will…

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  3. First of all, I like your use of B&W, especially in that first one. Speaking of which, I’d say the first one certainly needs a porch…to keep unwary door-openers from plunging to their doom! Secondly, I have a daughter who loved Dr. Martin(s) enough that she bought a pair from the British Boot company years ago when we visited London. 🙂 Different doctor, different specialty.


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    1. Thank you. Yep… differently spelled as well (my daughter is a fan of the boots too) which I found out when I searched for the name spelled with an ‘e’ at first for the link on this post.

      I do tend – except for my more abstract work – to mainly use B&W unless the colour is the whole reason a subject appeals. if you want to take a look. 🙂

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    1. Apparently he’s a GP (general practise community doctor, not a specialist at anything), originally appeared as a character in the British film ‘Saving Grace’.


  4. Port Isaac in black & white seems rather sinister and in the realms of ghosts, murders, which is just the sort of thing a TV show requires. In the interests of keeping the local coppers, Doc Martin and occupied, house no. 1 needs to stay as is. A porch might actually save a life. My favourite is No. 32 with the painted on porch. I appreciate their ingenuity.
    Best wishes,

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  5. The one with no stairs also has no door handles (which is just as well as it’d look stupid with drawer handles).

    I’ve sometimes wondered about taking part in Thursday doors on a different day and with doodled doors. I wonder if that’d work?

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