D is for Doorways

Dogs (of course) and Draughts.

Our cottage was 160 years old and pretty draughty.
It didn’t help that the floors weren’t flat and the door to the front bedroom had to be cut short as it went uphill.
When closed, there was a good one inch gap underneath and there was forever a draught around our feet. I would point out here that the house was originally a school and when converted to a private residence in the 1950s, all bedrooms ended up coming off the lounge.

Our dining room had a similar problem, also being at the front of the house, and the first room you entered when coming into the property. It was a bit of a maze after that with corridors into and out of extensions to the building, steps in silly places and no two doors were the same size (until we replaced them that is).

Having a dog in such a property is a godsend, as they make the prefect draught excluder lying across the doorway.
dog draught excluder
Novelty dog sausage draft excluders are big business (and without the house training), and looking for images for this post I was surprised at the extent of choice, themes and variants.
However, when your beloved mutt lies in the open doorway, it can become a bit of an obstacle course trying to get by.

Previous dogs I have owned or have been in the family growing up have all been doorway hoggers, and you could guarantee that just at the moment you are stepping carefully over their sleeping form, they move, wake or stand up, and you are lucky not to go flying.

sheepdog draught excluderOn the boat, our doors fit very nicely thank you, but we still have draughts due to the presence of vents that cannot and must not be blocked.
In the colder months or on windy days, we have a couple of boards we put across the bow door. These were the backs of the picture frames we used on our porthole windows and are ideal because there is a gap at the top for circulation and ventilation.

Maggie isn’t one for sitting in the doorway as such, probably because she doesn’t fit on the steps!

STEPS 1 tuppy and maggie
Buddy however doesn’t really mind where he lies.
bud in doorway

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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4 Responses to D is for Doorways

  1. janegundogan says:

    Not sure where you are located but I visited a friend at Royston Marina Park recently and spent the day on their boathouse. What a lovely way to live!

    • Janey! How lovely to hear from you! Hope all is well! Was their boathouse an outbuilding conversion or a houseboat that could go out on the river? We are a narrow boat (6’10” wide and 41 feet long) but there are wide beams which have a width of 12 feet and stretch to 60 feet plus! We’ve taken her out quite a few times so far, and have yet to go through a lock, but that is in the pipeline, or should I say ‘river route’ (oh help!)

      • janegundogan says:

        It was very narrow!!! But it was a good size. We merely sat outside grabbing the snippets of sunshine as it poked it’s head out but i imagine it would be lovely on the river. There were a few people moving there boats around. Interesting to watch them navigate in and out.

      • Sounds like they had a traditional 50 footer. It is lovely though sitting on the bow with the ducks paddling round you or the occasional swan sticking his head over the side!

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