Sunday, October 8, 2017

AN OLD GATE



I could happily lean on a gate all the livelong day, chatting to passers-by about the wind and the rain.  I do a lot of gate-leaning while I am supposed to be gardening; instead of hoeing, I lean on the gate, stare at the vegetable beds and ponder.

~Tom Hodgkinson~

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I have my own memory of an old gate in front of our home, and from the ages of five to fifteen, I spent many a time swinging on it, leaning on it, climbing up it (to a child it seemed like Mt. Everest) and watching the world go by.  This is not that gate I am sharing today, but an old photo I took on our last trip to England.  



46 comments:

  1. I must say I don't have any memory of ever leaning on a gate but this is a beautiful gate and I would lean on it if I could. We never had fencing when I was growing up

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    1. We lived in a police house, and that old gate was a great memory for me for life as a little kid swinging on the gate. I'm surprised it never dropped its hinges looking back, but they built them solidly back then :) Hubby grew up with no fencing either. I did wherever we lived.

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  2. Denise, nice remembrance. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. To me, wooden gates are a country sign of times gone by. I am trying to think if I have any gate memories,but alas I don't. I would LIVE by this one, with the little path and gorgeous big hedges!

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    1. Thanks Ginny, I often think of that old gate in my childhood, and scenes flash through my memory of what I saw when swinging on the old gate.

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  4. We used to have a small gate at the bottom of the garden the the UK. Don't think I ever got to swing on it though! Great shot. Have a good week Diane

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    1. Where we lived in that old neighborhood, everyone seemed to have a garden gate. I don't see too many around here as there are not many people who fence in their gardens. Thanks Diane and have a good week too :)

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  5. A lovely shot. You don't really see such gates here.

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  6. Hello, wonderful memory and photo. Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

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    1. Thank you Eileen and the same wishes for you too :)

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  7. I can’t ever recall leaning, or swinging, on a gate. That is a nice picture of the gate; love all the green.

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    1. Thanks Linda, I actually took it from this angle because there were people in the garden and I didn't want to appear too nosey, lol!

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  8. Thank you for sharing yourself!

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    1. You are very welcome and thank you Cloudia :)

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  9. Such a lovely photo, Denise! It looks so peaceful and enchanting!

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    1. Very happy you enjoyed it Linda :) Thank you!

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  10. This lovely little gate makes one think of happy days in a warm, loving home with smiling faces around the evening fire while the children are read to, maybe Peter Pan (my daughter's favorite!) I just love it!

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    1. Thank you Marie, I am so glad it evoked such a wonderful feeling of home around the fire.

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  11. I think I must have swung on the gate a little too much, my clearest memories of it is Mum calling to me to get off the gate before I broke it! Your gate today is well worth a photo all to itself.

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    1. Thank you Pauline, and for sharing those memories of your own gate. I'm sure I had similar conversations with my Mum :)

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  12. I have my own memories and I don't even have an old gate. When I'm working in my yard I get to talk to all the people who go by.

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    1. That's real nice Red. Now I can envision you talking to your neighbors as they go by.

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  13. That's my kind of gate! Fun memories.

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  14. I like going through the gates to the historical houses in Williamsburg Va. I see them as welcoming and I love a garden gate. I do love the one you have pictured. betsy

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    1. Thank you Betsy, I know Williamsburg well and know of those gates. I love going there.

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  15. That is certainly a very picturesque gate.

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  16. it's such a pretty image denise - most people would walk right by and not even notice!! nice that it evoked a happy memory for you!!

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    1. Thank you Debbie, I seem to notice everything and the memories always flood back. Probably why it takes me thrice as long to get anywhere as I keep stopping to take photos, and remembering, lol!

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  17. The light is wonderful in this photo! What a lovely gate!

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  18. Beautiful photo and wonderful memories! No fences or gates where I lived as a child, but Bill talks about both.

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  19. Oh, so sweet a memory! It's beautiful!

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  20. Oh what a great memory. I love the gate pic. Nice job.. Make that cake, cherry and pineapple make a fantastic combo. It is very simple to make and don't take anything special to make it....enjoy

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    1. Happy you enjoyed my memories Pam, and the photo. Thanks for the tip on the cake. Definitely going to make it and I will let you know when I do.

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