Theme Life


Welcome to Theme Life

Walking around Sandwich and the surrounding countryside as l do daily, weekly and monthly, I take several thousand photographs. More authentic reflections of quantity might be closer to 3500 assorted photos digitally taken monthly once all the poorer quality ‘click images’ are extracted.

Of this figure, ten to fifteen per cent, are held back in folders and will be used in the blog’s gallery features, prompts, or published articles.

My main focus is wildlife, so flora and fauna mostly, but also l have a hankering sometimes for unusual shots, or things of a quirky nature. 

It appeals to my sense of humour, and sometimes these ‘strange’ shots are edited and kept for a ‘rainy day’ gallery or a prompt in the future or because l just like them, and they might make for an interesting themed gallery, pretty much like this series. 

Not all the galleries here will be specifically themed all the time. They might focus on specific events or moments that were happen chanced upon or simply hold a fascination for me.

Hope you enjoy the series
Main Image –Church Street, Wisteria Gate

Music Score –Energetic Upbeat Pop Morning Light Music

Designs – Earthly Comforts – Inspired by Nature – see collection here

When is a Door not a Door?

Gates have been around since the dawn of time!

Not true, not false, but not directly true.


Gates and gateways and arches with doors have been used effectively for centuries as guard ways and entrances and exits to towns and castles, churches and cathedrals, and monasteries to keep people in and out and were usually found along walls and within walled courtyards.


The word Gat is old Norse and means road or path, and the term originally meant ‘gap or even hole’ in the wall.


In the medieval era, gates and gateways or arched and walled gateways were usually found in castles and formed as part of the building’s security. Whilst during the Victorian period, walled gateways became an aesthetic feature of one’s house – a focal point to talk about, a pretty area where flowers could be grown up and against. Because of the very nature of the courtyard during that time, the gate had to match the heavily decorated garden. Therefore it had to be seen as attractive. Also, it was a sign of wealth as ordinary people didn’t usually have gardens, walls or gates.


By the mid-1920s, more households had fences, and walled areas, so more gates were established and became part of the village or town.

The Old King’s House 46 A Strand Street, Sandwich

Toll Bridge High Street

The Weavers, Three King’s Yard and Holy Ghost Alley between High Street and St Peter’s Street

St Mary’s Church

Vicarage Lane, The Ropewalk, Harnet Street, Loop Street, Delf Street, Church Street and Strand Street

Designs – Earthly Comforts – The Autistic Composter – See Collection Here


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18 thoughts on “Theme Life

  1. St Mary’s looks like it needs some paint, or is that an asthetic look?
    I love the Wisteria! And 38 Delf Street looks like they have money with their fancy door😂😂
    You really did choose a lovely town to call home..
    💌💌

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    1. 38 Delf street is their gate, the front door to the house is rather plain, but the garden is a huge Victorian garden attached to their large rambling house.

      St Mary’s Church is no longer an active church and l think they are not bothered anymore by their back gate 🙂

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  2. How lovely, Rory! I can just imagine walking beneath the wisteria, taking a deep breath and inhaling the wonderful fragrance! And what stories these ancient gates could tell about who came and went and what was going on at the time! So much history to share.

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      1. Yes, but what if one started out by picking just one segment in time, or one founding family, or even one incident, like the time a well known historical figure came to town and what was going on then, for instance? And made a story out of it? It could be such an interesting even though challenging project. Not trying to persuade you, Rory, just thinking out loud. I have a profound interest in History. But, I must add, I can’t imagine any project being too big for you to tackle! 😊

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      1. Is very quaint and cool!! I would also love that privacy ❤️ ALOT!

        I don’t know why they don’t do that here 🤷‍♀️ we have wood fences… I would much prefer the solid brick 🧱

        Like compound ❤️

        Plus wouldn’t blow over with our stupid winter winds or burn for that matter ✌️

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      2. Hey Trisha, totally right, they don’t burn and they don’t bend, but with enough erosion [rain] sadly they can fall down just it’s not often. Older walls like the ones l have here suffer other mishaps aside from erosions like subsidence or being hit by obstacles like cars and buses and especially if they are outside walls.

        But they do award more privacy for sure 🙂

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      3. We barely have rain here …

        Whoa 😳😮 on the subsidence … we don’t have that here but we do have earthquakes 🫤

        I also would not wanna be enjoying my yard for a car or bus to come crashing through 😮

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