I arrived late to Rowe on Wednesday to see that the shed was being worked on. Most of the paint was removed and there was a window in the west wall. The opening has always been there – there was a screen in that spot in need of repair. A hinged shutter, a door of sorts, covered the hole year round and has been there as long as I can remember. It’s always interesting to walk into an interior space where there is light that has never been there before, you feel like you’ve been missing something.
It was still light out as I unloaded my car but fairly clouded over. I started cooking a little supper on the stove and walked into the living room where the light coming into the east windows was this amazing color, and bright for sunset. I looked out, grabbed a camera and this is what I saw. The light reflecting off of the clouds from the west with the moon rising in the east. It was stunning and there for less that 10 minutes. Of course Mr. Photobomb was in every shot.
I woke up out of a half sleep Thursday morning to Chester growling – softly (he’s kind of chicken). I got up to see Mike , my brother-in-law and Jim, his work partner working on the shed wall. The dogs went out to happily greet them and we took a walk to the back forty. When I returned Mike and I talked about the condition of the clapboards and where we were going to go with this. He also told me Jim had found the window at the dump. Jim works at the dump part-time which gives him access to the good stuff. He’s always thinking ahead to where he might recycle something. A bonus for both of us. I left them to their work and assume that it will look wonderful in the next week or so. They do really good work.
Exterior painting is not something Bill and I are interested in doing. We have done it at the house in Enfield but the house in Rowe is just too tall. Mike has been painting for years. When he paints you know he will do whatever he can to get the paint to stay on for years to come. He repairs, replaces and caulks where needed then primes and paints. He is meticulous.
We haven’t been able to do more than a side a year because of the size of the job and the expense. It will be another two years probably before the house it completely painted so for the time being I just photograph the good sides. They finished the front a few weeks ago and I have to say the house is looking quite beautiful. I am hoping to build a new storm door before winter. The strap hinges and thumb latch were made at Williamsburg Blacksmith quite some time ago and that aluminum door really needs to go.
Of course when you look at the photographs there are more things to add to the to do list. Antennas and dishes have to be removed, lightning rods reattached. Every once in a while I look at a photograph like this and in my head just pretend it’s all done.