Friday, 13 June 2014

Closing the door on no.42 & no.18

Whilst I believe there is a superstition that says when visiting a house you should always leave by the same door that you entered, it seems more appropriate as we prepare to close our respective doors that we exit via the back door. And here is mine – complete with redundant cat flap – and tiny tin bird, which is beginning to rust. The previous owners had added a very small extension onto the kitchen to house a small utility area, and the back door forms part of that build; I think that is why the walls have been painted – to disguise the use of new bricks.
I hope you have enjoyed looking around. This joint experience of sharing our homes has been an interesting one. It has made me consider and question the objects that I own and the use and function of each room. It has also made me appreciate things that I previously took for granted and to accept that old houses will never be damp free!! Thank you for visiting.

The 'back door' from this house has changed location a few times: firstly through an extension consisting of a small skylit corridor (back door at the end) with a wet room leading off it. (Albert developed emphysema, so he began to live on the ground floor when the stairs got too much to cope with). Again when S built a workshop going from the outside wall and back door into the garden. Lastly, with this 'new' back door seen above, which used to be the far wall and window from the kitchen, when our tour began. Now it is a new exit and view to our tiny but green rear garden. Sharing our stories, secrets and discoveries throughout the tour has been a rich and rewarding experience for ourselves and the Open House Hosts, whose participation in this project we greatly appreciate. If you have joined in at some point of the tour we hope you have enjoyed what you have found. 

Morris, William - "These old buildings do not belong to us only, they belong to our forefathers and they will belong to our descendants unless we play them false. They are not in any sense our own property to do with as we like with them. We are only trustees for those that come after us."

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