Thursday, 27 August 2009

The Doors

Photos are copyright of Maggie May

I was inspired to take these photos after seeing David Mcmahon's regular posts called The Doors on Authorblog (usually published on a Thursday). As far as I can tell, this is not linked to any meme or to anybody else.
I have found myself looking at unusual doors myself, now that my interest has been aroused and could not resist publishing these photos of the doors to the local Bristol indoor market.

However, I have been thinking lately of the symbolic opening and closing of doors in a person's life.
It seems that when one door closes another opens in life, so we are told. However, I have had lots of problems lately and it has not been a good year for our family concerning our house.
I think our Queen Elizabeth 2nd, announced in her Christmas speech once, that one of her years had been an Annus Horribilis when everything seemed to go wrong with her families' relationships and I can say that this year has been much the same for us. Our annus horribilis has been this year.

It started with the rats chewing through wiring that resulted in having to have so much work done and the kitchen still hasn't been finished to this day.
The wiring had to be renewed by an electrician and was working fine for a few weeks.

Then I have had problems with being blocked from my own blog on a couple of occasions and have no idea why. Maybe someone can come up with an idea or explanation of what might have happened. The problem seemed to right itself after a while, I am still having difficulties visiting some blogs and the system will crash at the drop of a hat because Broadband seems to be very slow. Several days after the blogging problems, all the electrics in the house started playing up and causing chaos.
The Electricity Company were called out urgently because of a terrible noise coming from behind sockets and meter and a new meter was fitted. Apparently, the new wiring in the kitchen caused the rest of the older system to play up and kept blowing fuses on appliances. My Broadband didn't take kindly to any of this upheaval and went on strike, leaving me to be without my precious hobby....... blogging.

We were due to go to our daughter's for a short break as we hadn't had any holiday this year, because of all the repairs to the kitchen, when the electrics started to go wrong. After the emergency electricity board told us we could go away, we left the house under the supervision of a neighbour who popped in here a few times and reported that all the lights had blown.
My daughter encouraged me to ring an electrician from her home, as she could see that I was upset. It was arranged for them to come out to our house the day after I was due back to return from holiday.
So the day after coming home, after much work and several things that were not quite right being rectified, we have paid a tidy sum and been told that we might have further problems. On the other hand we might not.
I am not very good at coping with this *alright one minute but not the next.* Broadband on today but not tomorrow, lights working one day but not the next. I need security and peace of mind and my peace of mind is lacking right now.
I have taken a knock and am reaching the end of my tether and feel on edge. I am still experiencing a very slow Broadband compared to how it was before and I still cannot access some blogs because of the slowness.
So I am waiting for my door to close on this episode and for a new one to open. It better be a good one though, else I don't want to go through it.









30 comments:

Suburbia said...

lovely pictures.

I struggle with uncertainty too. I hope your door closes soon and a much happier one opens.

Thumbelina said...

Oh Maggie I so feel for you! I had thought this was a church door at first sight, not a market door and you have beautiful shots there.

But what a year! I hate uncertainty too and so much is going on in my life I cannot cope with blogging as well at the moment. There are some things I daren't blog - I don't know who's reading and I don't want to write it down ... yet. If I try to blog, it'll come out so I am leaving well alone for now.

I really feel for you with the broadband and electric issues. And looking at Sam's blog, it seems some grandchildren are far away (on holiday?) so you;ll be missing them...

Have a great big ((((hug))))) from me!

SandyCarlson said...

All that uncertainty from one day to the next must be a misery. And electricity problems are frightening. I hope it sorts out soon. I am glad you have good family and a neighbor looking out for you.

Life with Kaishon said...

I loved David's door post too! These doors are very pretty! I am sorry about your blogger issues! I can't understand anything about computer issues. All I know is that when everything starts to get crazy, I shut the computer down : )

david mcmahon said...

Lovely images and a great post, Maggie. You know we're all on your side!

Dimple said...

Keep on going, life will straighten out. And your electric service will, too.
God bless!

Rose said...

Oh dear, I hope your electrical problems have been properly taken care of; computer problems are always frustrating, but if it's because of a problem with the electricity, then that is scary.

"Annus Horribilus"--I'm going to have to remember that term! I have had years, too, where it seemed that everything that could, went wrong. I hope that yours is over soon, and a new year full of happier times is on its way. Thanks for your encouraging comments on my last post--I think a new door has opened for me, too.

Valerie said...

I have a thing about doors, I love to photograph them.
My family has had one of the Queen's off years. There always seems to be one bad thing after another.
I think we all have periods of time when nothing seems to go right. But it passes. Things will get better.

Akelamalu said...

What a rotten time you've had! I'd have been tearing my hair out. I hope all your problems get solved soon so you can relax. x

lakeviewer said...

I had a similar problem with my computer. I took it to the Geek Squad at Best Buy and they just ran a vacuum and sucked out all the gunk that was messing with my fan, which made the computer slow down and shut down.

Then, they told me not to place my laptop on my lap. It seems that computers need a solid surface that allows them to stay clean and operating with a clear fan. My lap, unfortunately, contained fabric bits that clogged the motor.

I'm telling you this story because something so simple can appear so big and unrelenting. Your electrical problem, for instance, may be a simple fix in the right hands.

I do hope things will work out soon.

Eddie Bluelights said...

Fabulous Maggie - and conratulations on top spot POTD ~ Eddie

Gaston Studio said...

Congrats on POTD as this is really a fantastic post. Agree with Lakeviewer, there may be a simple solution.

Brian Miller said...

cool door. love the lion...doors open and close when we least expect it...yours may be just around the corner...

Lakeland Jo said...

How horrible and very stressful. Basics such as heat and light are so much part of our security aren't they? I hate it when things go wrong. Our usually reliable decorator disappeared in the middle of a job and has vanished with the door key- he won't answer his phone. Very un-nerving.

Craver Vii said...

I hope your next door yields something better. Nice picture of an impressive door.

I like you cat widget in the side bar. I admit that I amused myself watching it play.

Congratulations on POTD!

Working Mum said...

Oh Maggie, I can sympathise with the house problem stuff. I hope it gets sorted soon and you have unfettered access to the internet to post more lovely pictues.

I also hope that, following your analogy, our new front door that we've had fitted this summer symbolises a new start for us in our (nearly) finished house.

We'll see....

Alyson (New England Living) said...

Congrats on POTD! I love your writing. So lovely and your photos are lovely as well.

I know how you feel about your year. We all seem to have those years where things just go wrong. I wonder why that is, why bad things seem to happen in clusters. I hope this year will turn out better for you! :)

Crystal Jigsaw said...

Oh Maggie, I'm so sorry to come here and read your post. I've been wallowing in my own issues all week and this makes me realise that we are never alone.

Love to you,
CJ xx

Amy said...

Maggie, Congrats on POTD! Love those pictures.

Sounds like you've had a time!! When my life goes crazy. . I just remember who is in control.

TechnoBabe said...

Beautiful photo of a magnificent door.
I am so sorry you are having a hard year. Last year was my very very bad year. I have been making a come back this year. Emotionally and physically. When another thing happens and then another and on and on it seems unfair and just too much. I hope you see the change soon and that things are getting so much better for you.

Elizabeth Bradley said...

We've had a terrible year too! Yikes, what's going on? I hope all settles down for you soon. And congrats on the POTD, you deserve it!

Louise said...

I hate to say Congrats for POTD when everything else is all so wrong, but maybe it's a small bright spot. The doors are gorgeous, and may your current one close SOON and open to something much, much better!

Wendy said...

Oh my goodness - it has been a rough year!! I do hope things settle down soon. It is unnerving to say the least! Doors - hmm, I thought right away of that musical group The Doors, way back in the sixties! I used to love that group.

I like your photos and I think that just by looking at some interesting doors, you will help the next one to open (and slam the old one closed!)
Hugs

bindhiya said...

Dear Maggie May,
beautiful pictures..
hope electricity problems were solved..
i'll keep you in my prayers.
♥ & ((hugs))
bindi

The Things We Carried said...

Love the picture you took and wrote. I am sorry for you indeed. Life seems to go like this sometimes. I have dearly missed my blogging community and it warmed my heart to see you had visited! thanks for taking your precious broadband time! I wish you better luck. A new season is coming!

SandyCarlson said...

Just back to thank you for stopping by and to enjoy again your wonderful words and images. Your blog is a true blessing.

MarmiteToasty said...

I to love doors.... the photos are loverly....

so sorry about all your problems..... life aye maggie :( its what we sign up for....

Im hoping the one door closes another opens, Ive had the most horrendous year or so with all the operations etc, and now just found out after not earning a penny since june (whilst 'trying' to recoup) that POD the baby I have usually, who is my main earner is not coming back to this cripples house in September, the parents have done the dirty on me...... I took him on over 2 other kids in January cos I had promised him a place and I went with my morals instead of with the money with guarantees from them that he would be with me 3 years.... now they have stiffed me and not only now does my house lie on the line, so does the chance of our Jacob going to college...... all cos I had surgery.... wish I had never had any of it done now.....

so, Im waiting for a new door to open....

(hence no blobbing for weeks) just to much to carry besides trying to recover and hospital still 3 times a week..... Im done and dusted and on the edge of giving up....

I wasnt allowed to drive for 11 weeks and 2 weeks ago I restarted and then the car died on me...... Janet nearly died through being pecked almost to death by the cockerals and was just a blooded mess.... 2 sons got made redundant, so Im having to whilst poorly try and support all of us, but we are slowly sinking LOL......

but, still I smile :)

x

Hilary said...

I hope everything resolves for you quickly, Maggie. I feel for you and your predicament. Sending best thoughts your way.

Working Mum said...

Even without flash those are great pictures. I do think the gallery should have done timed tickets once the exhibition started to get popular; saves queueing and keeps a steady flow of people.

San said...

Maggie, you're overdue for some new doors to good times. Why these domestic disasters come in cycles is beyond me, but the old cliche "When it rains, it pours," speaks a bucketful of truth.