So despite being on holiday at the moment on a rather crazy but amazing road trip (more on the blog about that when we get home soon) and struggling with getting any Internet access at times, I decided to have a go at writing something up and then I'm going to try to find a way of getting it uploaded to the blog and online - probably by walking round the city trying to find a wifi signal somewhere!
Anyway back to the front door story. Being away from home has actually really made me appreciate my own front door. I've spent the night tossing and turning in my bed, hearing the wind and rain, and knowing that our security is only dependant on a couple of bolts and a padlock (see photo) whilst staying on a boat. And then woken up to the sound of someone coming home from a night out singing 'yellow submarine' at the top of his lungs. (The boat next to us is done up like the Beatles' famous yellow submarine in case you were wondering about his choice of song).
Yes I'm really missing my front door. It has made me realise that a front door not only gives security, but also protects from the elements and stops noise nuisance getting through.
Don't get me wrong, we are having a great time on our road trip and staying in some amazing places, including some truly weird and wonderful ones (including a lighthouse with a Tardis on the roof a few nights ago!) And this place is just as bizarre, here's a photo of our current front door where we are staying on holiday, so you can see what I mean.
But I do miss having a proper front door and all those things it stands for...security, comfort, style, warmth and protection.
I also know that having a front door also relies on knowing how to use it as 'user error' can be a common problem! Let me tell you a couple of stories of what happened to us when we first became proud owners of our own front door after moving into our own home.
Moving in day... All the hustle and bustle of packing and unpacking, going in and out, until finally we were officially 'moved'. Everything was into our new home. Exciting times, eh? So exciting in fact, that when we popped out to the shop and then returned home, we found that neither of us had brought the front door key with us.
We had managed to lock ourselves out of our house on our very first day there!
Our helpful neighbours came to the rescue, fetching a ladder, then climbing in through the upstairs window (which unusually for us, we had left open that day, as we are usually very good at closing windows when going out), then he came downstairs and let us in to our own house.
Thankfully, they had seen us moving in and so knew we genuinely were the rightful occupants of the house and so were happy to help us 'break in' to our own house.
Our lesson was learnt and front door keys came with us everywhere since then.
Leaving the keys indoors and getting locked out is one thing, but ownership of a front door is prone to user error in other ways too...
This time the keys were left outside! Generally being quite good with being security aware, when the doorbell rang unexpectedly one day, I put on the door chain and slowly opened the door a fraction to peek at who it could be.
It was a dreaded door-to-door salesman but the first thing he did was point out that I had left my keys in the lock. So all my extra precautions of putting the chain on and carefully opening the door, were kind of futile if someone had wanted to get in before that point.
That lesson has also been learnt and we are now far more responsible front door owners making sure that keys aren't accidentally left inside or outside the house.
Whilst I've told you a couple of our funny front door stories, we also realise and appreciate the importance of a good proper front door rather than a joker of one!
This is my entry into the Yale Door blogger competition with the chance of winning a brand new, fully-fitted composite front door (the kind of door I have long dreamed about!) You can find out more here : www.yaledoor.co.uk/blogs/blogging-competition/
Just to clarify, the photos here are from where we are on holiday. We do have a proper front door at home (albeit a rather tired looking old one). As much as we enjoyed staying on a boat, I much prefer the comfort of a home on land with a proper front door.