How to recycle an old fishing boat.

The Holy Island of Lindisfarne, commonly known as either Holy Island or Lindisfarne, is a  tidal island off the northeast coast of England.

 Holy Island has a recorded history from the 6th century AD; it was an important centre of Celtic Christianity

After the Viking invasions and the Norman Conquest of England , a priory was reestablished. A small castle was built on the island in 1550


I spent a week there on retreat last November. I had another couple of trips booked there for this year. Hopefully when things settle down I will be able to visit again.

In the meantime, here’s a look at how the islanders recycle their old (upturned) fishing boats. You can see the castle in the background:

Huts & Castle ©HelenBushe
HolyIsland PinkHut ©HelenBushe

Don’t you just love the brand new door on this “shabby chic” one…..

HolyIsland OldBlueHut ©HelenBushe

…….and the unusual fit of this door…(with the ruins of the priory in the background) :

HolyIsland SquareDoor ©HelenBushe

The peeling paint on this one’s door contrasts nicely with its newly fitted shiny roof:

HolyIsland Blue Door ©HelenBushe

If you were wondering what the little sign on the blue door says:

HolyIsland BlueSign ©HelenBushe

I must look out some more door pictures from Lindisfarne for my next post on Thursday Doors. I’m sure I must have some of cottage doors and church doors and village hall doors and….. and……

To see more doors from bloggers around the world, visit Norm’s weekly Thursday Doors Challenge.


Geri Lawhon · 1 September 2020 at 17:05

Such a great idea for the old boats. Thank you for sharing this.

    Helen Bushe · 1 September 2020 at 17:14

    Thanks Geri. Yes it’s recycling in a quirky way.

Patricia Furstenberg · 25 June 2020 at 05:06

Soo beautiful! Sad and cheery at the same time 🙂

    Helen Bushe · 25 June 2020 at 09:25

    Yes, good to see them with a new lease of life in retirement.

slfinnell · 21 June 2020 at 17:25

Wonderful post! For those of us who upcycle, this is a sort of validation lol

    Helen Bushe · 21 June 2020 at 19:05

    Thank you. Yes, I think these recycled boats are much more appealing than new “huts”

Norm 2.0 · 19 June 2020 at 19:55

These are just wonderful! When you think about it it makes perfect sense to get a second life out of an old boat that isn’t seaworthy anymore, and what better way than to flip it over to use like this?
Thanks for sharing these 🙂

    Helen Bushe · 20 June 2020 at 14:40

    Thanks Norm! I’m glad you like these huts. I’ve not seen them anywhere other than Holy Island.

XingfuMama · 19 June 2020 at 16:37

Great. Reminded me that the reason the nave, the main part of a church where people sit, is called that comes from them sitting under overturned boats for protection from the elements.

    Helen Bushe · 19 June 2020 at 16:48

    I never knew that! How interesting. Thank you.

Anonymous · 19 June 2020 at 14:24

Of course you lead with the red door! Love your doors.

    Helen Bushe · 19 June 2020 at 14:26

    Thank you. I’m pleased you like them. I’m thinking I can guess who you might be!

Anonymous · 19 June 2020 at 13:21

These are fabulous doors. I visited Holy Island on a field trip when I was a student at Newcastle University back in the 80s. I remember seeing these upturned hulks.

    Helen Bushe · 19 June 2020 at 13:24

    They’ve obviously stuck in your mind! Thanks for visiting my post.

Manja Mexi Mexcessive · 19 June 2020 at 12:30

Ohh, Helen, these are brilliant!! That oversized door! And the sign! 🙂 I do hope you can get back there soon. Greetings from Piran.

    Helen Bushe · 19 June 2020 at 13:25

    Thanks Manja. You’re in Piran! Wonderful. Enjoy.

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