scribbles tagged ‘door’

vital view from the loo

Tuesday, August 6th, 2013 | tags: , , , ,  |

view from front doorview from the Wendy House toilet(Warning: ‘I love my garden’ post)

When I moved into the wendy house (2008), the garden was completely covered in low maintenance and BBQ friendly patio. Bleak. Sitting on the loo with the doors open, produced the sort of view that would induce minimalists’ premature ejaculation. A bit dull.

Now, the vital view from the loo has been cluttered with the sort of frivolity that might lure a Victorian for a brief promenade:

  • A slate slab covers the drain-lid and supports pebbles stolen from Pacific and Atlantic beaches
  • A black hare keeps an eye on approaching guests
  • Rockery shrubs and grasses provide Sampo with delicious hors d’oeuvres
  • A Rhus provides shade in summer and colour in autumn
  • Honeysuckle and wisteria cover the fence filling the garden with sweet scent and beautiful blooms.

View from sleeping quarters in the North WingEchinops and beesI love my garden, I spend a lot of time there watching the butterflies before Sampo eats them, pulling weeds and contemplating blooms. I still have patio, but the lines are broken by borders full of colourful and scented plants that change with the seasons.


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green doors

Saturday, June 18th, 2011 | tags: , , , , ,  |

The toilets in the Fine Art department of Reading University are proudly green and probably original features of the one-storey utilitarian style brick building (circa 1930). The subtle differences in styling such as the 3 vertical panels on the womens’ door imply it may be newer (circa 1950) than the more utilitarian design of the mens’.

womenThe addition of a paper sign to the womens’ door is a modern addition, an attempt to change behaviour using strong language “Important, Under no circumstances should…” clear identification  of the people who should attend to this notice “...fine arts students…” and their unacceptable behaviour “…clean their brushes in these toilets

EWE!  I always use the sink to clean my brushes – easier and less whiffy.

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green doors
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Reading books for free

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011 | tags: , ,  |

Books for freeWandering through downtown Reading I often stumble across pleasant surprises.

This is one of those lovely surprises – free books offered from an ostentatious doorway as part of a Healthy planet initiaitive.

Topical that Reading provides free books!

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practical pairings (pt 3) – doors of perception

Saturday, July 24th, 2010 | tags: , , , ,  |

Paul let me into Steve’s home. Student accomodation, 9 boys sharing a kitchen and washrooms. Ewe. Steve was lying face-down on the hallway floor making a gurgling sound that could have been a variation on his normal giggling.

what’s wrong?

he’s stoned


No, high

I laughed. Steve had already started without me. Our coursework was an experimental study of the effects of the Muller-Lyer illusion characteristics on visual perception.  Steve had clearly bypassed the constraints of the specific illusion, the visual sense and the experimental method. Steve had gone straight for an immersive qualitative experiential study through the doors of all perception.  You had to admire his rebellious,  innovative and hands on approach to his degree studies.

I’d heard about drugs, not taken any, not really interested in taking any. The opportunity to talk to someone while stoned was a first for me and very tempting. Our interviewing skills practical wasn’t due for a while, but a bit of up front practice could come in handy.  Happily I bounced over Steve’s twitching body, sat on the floor by his head and tried to attract his attention.  He garbled and giggled and gurgled, but nothing recognisable as a word, no phrases. I got bored of watching this body with all the control skills of baby.

when is he likely to be compus mentus?

I dont know

can you let him know I called and ask him to call for me when he’s got his marbles together


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view from a toilet

Friday, August 1st, 2008 | tags: , , , ,  |

Garden designer guest:   it’s not many people that can look straight into their garden when sitting on their toilet

I will have to put something in the line of view to make it a tad more pleasurable than just patio and fence.   As I’m sure you can imagine,   I’ve been  contemplating the garden rather a lot  recently…

According to the principles of Feng Shui,   I should change the layout of the bathroom,  keep this door closed,  change the colour scheme from blue and white to red and red then add  a few candles or my career will flow into the sewers.   Alas,   I’m way too busy building my career and going on holiday  to bother with arranging and paying for  builders to rebuild  my bathroom in a Feng Shui approvable layout and colour scheme.   Pleasing plants in line of view will have to suffice.

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NOISEY door design

Monday, April 14th, 2008 | tags: , ,  |

Apparantly letting the big-front-door fall closed on its own weight can annoy other residents.   My fiesty Swedish flatmate is outraged by recieving the message below and the nature of its delivery,   pushed under said heavy door.      

The apartment block if not yet fully constructed.   Above  the sound of daily construction work  I hadn’t noticed the  noise of our,  or other peoples’,  door shutting.   What advice is coming next…


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big doors

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008 | tags: ,  |

Here in the NW US the doorways are big,   just BIG.

It’s as if builders are planning for obescity on a large scale.   The door to the (toilet) restroom in my temporary accommodation is about twice the width of any doors in the new old  wendy house.   I have to stand in awe for a moment before I pass through them….

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living in a stable

Saturday, March 8th, 2008 | tags: , , , ,  |

This weekend I’m moving into the new Wendy House.   A stable.   This may lead to blogging service interruption as it takes a while to get the Wendyhome up and running with unpacked furniture, services connected and hay out of the corners etc

Hopefully my passport will not get mislaid in the move,   there will be no explosions,   falls, and the neighbours will not die suddenly and suspiciously.   It’s happened before…

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stable horse bolt door (rearrange as required)

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2008 | tags: , , , ,  |

I’ve been 2 months back in the UK,   living, working, trying to buy a new Wendy House with a view to permanently drinking my tea and beer here.   I wrote to the US immigration lawyers explaining this and requesting they stop my greencard application.    Immigration services have decided to ignore my requests,   instead,   they have announced  that I am a permanent resident.  

The words bolt,   stable door and horse all come to mind.  

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door as social canvas

Saturday, August 25th, 2007 | tags: ,  |

The lines of this beautiful door obscured by a message that does not invite me to happiness,   to participate,   to come-in, to adventure.   The paint changes the door into a wall.   It made me sad.  

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knobs and old lace

Monday, May 7th, 2007 | tags: , , ,  |

Arsenic and broomsticks.

This post  might be deep and meaningful. It might not be.    This post maybe “PMT treatment #2″ mascerading as miss-spelt, miss-placed, confusionisim…     … a desperateness and peacefulness meeting in a moment,   shared..

and maybe knot

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