Spring gates

by | Nov 5, 2013 | Uncategorized | 8 comments

 Walking around the streets in spring, I find myself noticing new things. Like the gates.
Some gates are inviting; you just want to go inside and be welcomed,

 while others are clearly designed to keep you out.

Some gates are disguised as sections of a fancy fence, yet they are open and let you see through.

Here’s another that gives nothing away.

 Some are very formal.

 Most want no junk mail in their letter boxes, but beside this gate the slots are open to receive the Ponsonby News.

Some gates are not only fortress-like, but reflect back at you, throwing you off.

But others say, ‘come on in and join in the party.’
What kind of gate do you have? Are visitors welcome?


  1. Juliet Batten

    Me too. Thank you for visiting Gallivanta. Your blog is like an open friendly gate and I’m enjoying my visits.

  2. Penny O'Neill

    /we are gate-less, but, have an arbor that separates a part of property and it is, I believe, most welcoming. If we were to have a gate, however, I would hope that it would be always open and welcoming.
    Loved this, Juliet. I can almost feel you breathing in your spring.

  3. Juliet Batten

    Penny, your arbor I’m sure is really lovely and I can well imagine feeling welcomed at the Cutoff, whether you have a gate or not. This spring is certainly refreshing.

  4. Hotly Spiced

    I love gates that have some warmth and are therefore inviting. The first one is just like that while the second one is the polar opposite xx

  5. Juliet Batten

    Hi Charlie, yes there’s quite a contrast between those first two isn’t there? It’s nice to feel invited in.

  6. Hilary Melton-Butcher

    Hi Juliet – love seeing the variety of gates – fun to look around, thank you. We have no gates here .. but that’s fine for now .. I’d love a big wooden 5 bar gate on large pins …

    Cheers Hilary

  7. Juliet Batten

    * Hi Hilary, the gates were fun. Glad you enjoyed them too. I like the sound of your dream gate.


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