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Tuesday, April 24, 2012

RED AND BLACK OUTBUILDINGS


"I like red!" These words were carefully enunciated  by (almost) 90 year old Christine as she stood on her patio talking with me. Her blue dress with red and yellow flowers pronounced her love of flowers and of course the color red.  


"I'll be 90 in two months and have lived in my home here for 20 years." She was affable and animated when she addressed me -- I being an unknown to her before today. 

I had stopped by to take photos of her country outbuildings painted in black and red with touches of old farm implements gathered on and around the buildings -- also painted red. 


Christine told me that she and her daughter had spruced up the two outbuildings with black and red paint. The buildings were just a few feet from the roadway that passed in the front of her property. 


She talked about when as a married couple they used to have a 50 acre place not to far from her now present home. They moved to this place when they got older as it was easier to care for. 


Her outbuildings are now cheerful and homey. They match the warm personality within Christine.

35 comments:

  1. I hope that's me, thirty years from now, enjoying a colorful life. And, she has the nicest smile. I hope I have that, too.

    Very nice post, Barbara. You really See what's around you.

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    1. Teresa -- Like how you mention that she is living a colorful life. Good way of putting it -- thanks -- barbara

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  2. A wonderful woman. Would love to know her.

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    1. Carole -- I feel fortunate -- being retired I have the time to discover these "salt of the earth" folks. thanks -- barbara

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  3. So great to see brightness shared by country folks.

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    1. Barbara -- Country life seems to produce independent women. They seem to carry out their lives as they feel suits them. I like this -- thanks -- barbara

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  4. Makes me smile! Love that red chain on the outbuilding! What a neat idea!!

    Elora

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    1. Elora -- I think it is so beautiful when folks paint their black barns and outbuildings with bright colors like green, red and white. Reveals the personality of the owners. thanks for stopping by -- barbara

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  5. I like the colors of these buildings and Christine sounds like quite a find herself.

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    1. Michelle -- Christine was a wonderfully warm lady. She welcomed me with a smile and a handshake. So nice. -- thanks -- barbara

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  6. She sounds and looks like a very happy woman with a good life. The out buildings are the greatest!

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    1. Rubye -- It is never too late to enjoy lots of colorful ways in ones life. -- barbara

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  7. It's wonderful when people realize that doing something eye catching will make passers-by happy as it makes them. The red and black is eye catching and shows a sense of fun, especially with the other odds and ends that are red also. Just delightful.

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    1. June -- When I was a bit younger I knew a woman that would not wear red. Why? -- because her husband thought it would make her look cheap. Funny how some people can shy away from exuberant colors -- labeling them with negative connotations. How wonderful when I meet folks that love color in their clothes,art work, gardens or in this case their outbuildings. thanks -- barbara

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  8. Nice post. So glad she allowed you to include her photo. Love that grin and twinkle in the eye.

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    1. Grampy -- What a nice opportunity it is to meet country folks and talk about parts of their life. -- barbara

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  9. I've enjoyed the recent portraits and stories attached.

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    1. Birdman -- You can't help but run into pleasant folks no matter if you live in a city or in the countryside. -- barbara

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  10. I LOVE red -- a red raincoat is a wonderful cheer-er upper on a rainy day. The accents of my living room are red and I wear red often. If I had a barn I'd probably paint the whole thing red -- although I think this red and black combination if even more appealing.

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    1. June -- I notice that in your blog photo you have on a red dress. Red is very cheerful -- it really catches your eye. Your place must be lovely! Do like the idea of a red raincoat for a rainy day. -- barbara

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  11. Don't those buildings look great!

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    1. Vicki -- I am sure Christine would say thank you -- barbara

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  12. How wonderful to meet people like Christine. Great post and pictures.

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    1. NCmountainwoman -- Thanks for the nice comment about my post and photos -- Christine was the frosting on the cake for me. -- barbara

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  13. What strikes me is the energy Christine projects. One senses her thinking, "What will I do next?" Just today I was interviewing a 91 year old man, also possessed of great forwardness. Good model for my own future not too far away. Thinking that her color choice must have something to do with her spirit.

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    1. red hen -- Hope you post the conversation you had with the 91 year old man. I am older but there are many older than I. Jimmy Carter and Desmond Tutu are part of the Elders organization that realizes the wisdom that elder folks have -- I agree with their efforts. -- barbara

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  14. What strikes me is the energy Christine projects. One senses her thinking, "What will I do next?" Just today I was interviewing a 91 year old man, also possessed of great forwardness. Good model for my own future not too far away. Thinking that her color choice must have something to do with her spirit.

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    1. blogger has gone wild with your comment. It posted your comment three times. Oh well I still think blogger is great. -- barbara

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  15. What strikes me is the energy Christine projects. One senses her thinking, "What will I do next?" Just today I was interviewing a 91 year old man, also possessed of great forwardness. Good model for my own future not too far away. Thinking that her color choice must have something to do with her spirit.

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  16. What strikes me is the energy Christine projects. One senses her thinking, "What will I do next?" Just today I was interviewing a 91 year old man, also possessed of great forwardness. Good model for my own future not too far away. Thinking that her color choice must have something to do with her spirit.

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    1. naomi -- My first impression of Christine is that she was inquisitive. Secondly she was a doer, and thirdly she was honest. Red makes a statement and I believe in our short conversation she made a statement with me -- of kindness and humor. thanks -- barbara

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    1. RuneE -- I took this off as it was a duplicate comment of the one below -- barbara

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  18. Interesting colour combination. Traditionally, all barns etc around here are more or less totally red.

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    1. RuneE -- that is interesting that most of your barns are red. Most of the barns in this part of Kentucky are black or natural. If you visit our Midwest you will find mostly red but also many white. It seems that color follows area traditions. thanks -- barbara

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