This is the cat that led me to fall knee deep into a ditch of mud.
Before that, I took a drive to the Lucky Dog Farm Store.
Grilled swiss on homemade bread and a cup of Senegalese peanut soup for $5, folks.
(warning: many pictures ahead)
On the 8-mile drive along Route 2
I passed 14 barns
and took a picture of every one.
You can locate Andes (where our house is) and Route 2 on the map here and zoom out to place it in relation to somewhere you're familiar with. (I realize I talk about the Catskills so casually, as though everyone knows where it is.) Speaking of the house, I've never shown you a picture of it.
Because it's a boxy modern house that didn't fit me or this blog or the Catskills which is filled with farmhouses and cabins and cottages. It's less boxy since we bumped out the kitchen--but it still screams 1970's California. (I know, I was there.)
Anyway, it's time to paint (stain, actually). In this picture, with all the green and the snow the color doesn't look too bad, but it's a lifeless opaque stain and looks dated. I tested some deep greens on the trim this weekend, but they didn't work.
I thought about deep browns, and some cool black/charcoal houses I've seen pictures of. See here. I especially love #3, the barn in Connecticut, and # 10, the Scandinavian cottage. But our house is in a hollow, with woods on three sides and going that dark would look like the home of a scary witch in a fairy tale.
I thought about those barns. Maybe an old barn gray with red trim? And then, why not barn red? It would be a nice homage to the history of the area.
This barn is up the road from our house, one of the few old family dairy farms still in business.
I love the red and black cabinets we put in the kitchen.
Staining the trim around the windows deep charcoal could add a fresh and modern touch.
Over the years we've added a lot of decking and a footbridge across the brook.
How would that look in deep charcoal/almost black?
Brilliant idea? Big mistake?
What do you think?