The Door To Possibility And Opportunity

One of the caveats I add to a lot of the aspirational “I’m going to…” comments I make is “when I win the lottery”.  This is because a lot of my aspirations are either beyond my current means completely or else don’t represent good use of my savings.  One of the things I would do if I won the lottery is rebuild what lies beyond a door I pass everyday.  (Well, everyday I walk out my own door!)

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As a kid I used to play in this building.  It’s known in the family as “the cottage” although even when it wasn’t in a state of disrepair I feel that it lacks the quaintness that one usually associates with a cottage.

I used to play in it with my grandfather and I do kind of associate this with how lucky I was in my childhood to grow up in the country, and also in the day before overzealous health and safety regulations meant that if I hurt myself I would have been told to be more careful next time, rather than my parents looking to sue someone.  In hindsight, I’m sure it wasn’t entirely safe.

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The building is now largely ruined.  It’s still standing, but barely.  The roof was taken off probably a decade ago to stop it collapsing on to the road.  It’s full of junk and rubbish that should have been disposed of rather than stored.  Where I used to go and feed calves as a kid is now full of roofing and un-used storage tanks.  There are tools and collapsed lintels and windows with no glass.

At the far end of the building, probably as far away as you can get from the main door, is a treasure.  It is the remains of KFR 42, a 1950s Armstrong Siddeley Sapphire 346 (3.4 litre, 6 cylinder engine), 4 door.  I wish she wasn’t in such poor condition because I would love to be able to restore her myself, or at least have her restored.

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Just as the possibilities to bring the car back to its former glories are something I would love to do, so is the possibility of what could be done with the building behind the door.

I have a picture of opening that door in to a traditional kitchen with a wood burning stove.  Above it would be a study with lots of book cases.

At the other end of the house would be the bedrooms and the bathroom.  In between would be a two story living room with a hanging walkway between the two wings.  This living room would have a huge fire place to make it cosy in the winter.  There would be a pool table, because I think that a snooker table would be too big.

I can picture exposed brick work and exposed beams, to remind me of the age of the building.

Running the length of the building would be a long, glass fronted dining room and entertaining area.

The Armstrong Siddeley would be in the garage, half of which would be a utility room cum workshop for trying to do DIY!

Behind the door is possibility and opportunities.  I may not be able to afford to take it, but it’s there for when I win the lottery!  It kind of feels like a tangible representation of that phrase where as one door closes, so another opens.  It’s that that struck me as I was stood outside another door last night that, once upon a time, also represented possibility and opportunity which I didn’t need money to take, but didn’t anyway.

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Don’t ya love her madly?
Don’t ya need her badly?
Don’t ya love her ways?
Tell me what you say.

Don’t ya love her madly?
Wanna be her daddy?
Don’t ya love her face?
Don’t ya love her as she’s walkin’ out the door
Like she did one thousand times before?

Don’t ya love her ways?
Tell me what you say?
Don’t ya love her as she’s walkin’ out the door?

All your love,
All your love,
All your love,
All your love,

All your love is gone
So sing a lonely song
Of a deep blue dream.
Seven horses seem to be on the mark.

Yeah, don’t you love her?
Don’t you love her as she’s walkin’ out the door?

All your love,
All your love,
All your love,

Yeah, all your love is gone.
So sing a lonely song
Of a deep blue dream.
Seven horses seem to be on the mark.

Well, don’t ya love her madly?
Don’t ya love her madly?
Don’t ya love her madly?

Love Her Madly by The Doors

Comments 2

  1. Oh, my gosh! What an absolutely impressive and gorgeous post….I loved it so much…I can see what you envision beyond the door….thank you for this trip into a “secret garden” of sorts…how very, very lovely…such a privilege…thank you for sharing your dream 🙂

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