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Old Doors and a Book Giveaway (Closed)

This weekend Bear and I traveled to Fort Lytton (near Brisbne) for a meeting. We arrived an hour early, giving me time for a wander through the empty fort, exploring dark tunnels and cavernous rooms with beautiful views of the Brisbane River.

There’s something lovely about exploring an abandoned fort. It becomes a blank canvas for the imagination, fed by images and stories from the nearby museum.

I will show you more of this historic place next time, but today I wanted to focus on the wonderful old doors that guard entrances throughout the fort.

This red one is my favorite: the color, the shape, the wonky bits at the bottom. I think I need a red door on our house.

This weathered blue one is massive and sturdy, opening to admit guests who have traversed the bridge to enter Fort Lytton.

This is the most posh of the doors, looking stately and sombre against the aging brick.

I love the contrast between the old brick and the neatly painted door and window frame. Peering through the glass you see a spindle chair, just waiting for someone to sit down and rest awhile with a hot cuppa.

I’m focusing on doors today to set the mood for a special giveaway: one copy of my book “portals” which is filled with black and white images of old doors from around Europe.

To enter the giveaway, leave a message on this post, on Facebook, or via email – ramblingtart at gmail dot com telling me about a door that you’re especially fond of.

For an extra entry, share this link – – on Facebook or Twitter and leave me another message telling me you’ve done so.

Portals book by Krista Bjorn

This giveaway will run until Friday, December 19 and is open to entrants worldwide. The winner will receive one copy of “portals.”

Wishing you a wonderful week! xo

PS – Click here if you would like to purchase a copy of your own.


Giveaway is now closed. The winner is Val from More Than Burnt Toast. Congratulations! 🙂 Your book will ship to you shortly. xo

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Tandy Sinclair - I love old castles and forts and spent quite some time exploring many of them in Devon and Cornwall. I am obsessed with old doors, and wish we had the style of house that could have one 🙂

Liz Posmyk - Oh my, what beautiful doors, Krista! Have you seen the poster/print Old Doors of Hobart town? We have it framed in our home. Love your idea for this book. I love the front door to our Blue House… I will show you on Facebook xo

thefisherlady - I am happy to share this on Facebook… would love folk to know of your book <3 Blessings to you Krista

Krista - I would love to do a similar trip one day, @tandysinclair:disqus 🙂 Yes, I hear you about the old door. I would dearly love one for our place too. 🙂

Krista - I haven’t seen that print, @liz_posmyk:disqus , but I’m off to look for it now. 🙂

Krista - Thanks so much, Susan! XO

bellini - When I travel I so love examining doors and windows and wondering what secrets their beauty holds within. My favourite door photo was taken of a locked blue door in a courtyard festooned with bougainvillaea. It encompasses all of my feelings about Greece…the locked door with so much more to discover, the bright sunshine…

Maureen - There’s a fort in Brisbane?? I LOVE things like that. My favorite door is my front door where I can open it for guests to come inside. 🙂

Maureen - LOL I just saw where your favorite door is your front door too. LOL 🙂

jacquie - oh i love that red door – it is so cheerful and inviting yet without being too in one’s face. great picutures

Nancy @ Plus Ate Six - I want a red door too – how cheerful and happy that would be to come home to.

Hotly Spiced - I love all these doors – they stand out well and are a feature. My favourite door is the door to our apartment that’s fire engine red and everyone knows our apartment by the vibrancy of the door xx

Tracy A. - I have always been drawn to colorful doors as well! These pcs remind of the door of Ireland, where color embraces the rain.

Joanne (eats well with others) - I love that red door. So bright and bold!

Karen (Back Road Journal) - We have a red front door so that one is my favorite too.

Suzanne Walcher - Krista, as you could probably tell
from my last post, I’m crazy about
doors, too!!! I guess because they
are the “faces” of the person or family
that live behind them.

I love the door to my parent’s
home. It is massive (built by my
dad), and the “portal” to all that
I hold dear….

Merry Christmas and many many
joys for you in 2015!

xo Suzanne

Coffee and Crumpets - I love doors too! I always find my self photographing doors and windows when we visit historical sites. I love their architecture, the textures and shapes and colours. This was a fun post 🙂 I like the red door, but I like the posh door too 🙂

Anna Johnston - Oh how wonderful! Love visiting places like this, stepping back in time! 🙂
I know I am a little late, but Merry Christmas lovely Krista, I do hope you had a splendid time, enjoyed some much needed rest and fed yourself to multiple food coma status. 🙂 Thanks for your inspiration, your support and for well, just being generally awesome. It is a pleasure to call you a friend. I also want to wish you a magical 2015, may everything you wish for come true. Much love! xox

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