the journey of a budding author

Weekly Photo Challenge – Threshold

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The word threshold is an ancient one and harks back to the days when the householder put fresh ‘threshings’ on the floor to absorb the detritus of everyday living. Because this was not a fixed covering there was a ‘threshold’ put into the doorway to prevent the straw from sliding out of the house.

In Venice are the world’s most vulnerable thresholds, not keeping anything in, but rather they are flimsy protection against the most destructive of elements, the Aqua Alta. Fortunately I was not there during one of these fearsome tidal events but as I walked around I was aware of the fragile defences that most of Venice raises against this enemy.

I photographed the dog simply because he was ‘on the threshold’ stolidly taking the air and I wondered if he ever sat down! There was no food or water nearby so I hope he was only out for a short while.

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Author: booksdefineme

I have always been surrounded by books. My parents had books, books and more books. I haunted the library as a child and when I grew up I worked in books shops. When I had children and they went to school I ran the school library. And my husband keeps on telling me there are too many books in the house. They somehow seem to pile up on every available surface almost of their own volition. I fight back and donate mounds of them to the local library but somehow it is a losing battle. I just find more taking their place! For the last eight years or so I have been wrestling with writing a novel and what a fierce tussle it is. I am about to publish this magnum opus in a few weeks time. I feel as I did when I gave birth to my children; nervous but excited!

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