Thursday, February 08, 2007


Do you know how many barns there are in Michigan?

Do you know how many barns there are in the U.S.?

Do you know how many barns there are in the world?

Neither do I.

But I know they are falling down, except when people find thousands of dollars to restore them, or to build a new one, like this one.

We have a tall (40'?) barn that needs its corner, which is barely standing, to be rejuvenated. It doesn't look like this one. But I love it. It's green, not red like most (and this prairie barn in Ingham County is Marilyn Monroe lipstick red, not barn red, excuse me). We'd like to restore our barn and turn one of the lofts into a studio. Lots of light. Painting easel. Don's potter's wheel (that he's going to get; he just got an $1800 kiln for $20.)
I know loft doors are a feature of prairie barns, for when hay is elevated up to the upper level. But this looks more like our front door. And I don't think they keep hay in this barn. What do you suppose this door is for? Tell me a story.
(I'm planning a little barn photographing outing in the country this Saturday. Hope I don't freeze.)


Ginnie said...

If you continue this , Ruth, you will have a very nice coffee-table book! Fabulous lighting and color! I hope you had a most successful day yesterday, barn hopping. I'm sure we'll soon find out!

Bravo for Don finding the $20 kiln. I see his pottery days a-coming and I will want to go visit him in progress. I love the idea of you fixing up a studio in that magnificent barn of yours. I have dreams of it for you and can see it.

That door in THIS pic, tho--hmm. In Europe, furniture taken up to the upper floors of buildings is usually hauled up from the outside. I wonder if this is such a door. Maybe they, too, have their own artistic studio?

Ruth said...

Ginnie, hey, that's an idea! Thanks. I had a fun morning Saturday rambling around the countryside. It was cold, and I got stuck in a ditch, but two kindly strangers (two different cars) stopped and helped me out. :)

Now Don is searching for a potter's wheel in Freecycle.

Good guess about the upstairs door.

Rauf said...

Stunning picture Ruth, Feels so good to stare at it. Ginnie is right, You already have a big collection of such stunning pictures. We are all putting pressure on you to write a book.
I have a list of subjects. When ever I come across an issue I always think that Ruth should write a book on it. You already have enough material on Paris. Like the bridges of Maddison county, the barns alone can make a good book. I just hope I can afford it keeping in view my dwindling income.

MM red ? Never heard of it. I have very few pictures of her in colour, yes its her typical red. Other colour associated with a person I have heard is Titian red.
I never wore red until Arshi bought me a shirt. Its a dark red not bright like MM red. I was told that people who are very confident of themselves wear red. That shows why I avoid wearing red.

Ruth said...

qRauf, I had the same thought about a barn book like the Bridges of Madison County.

I made up the name Marilyn Monroe red. This barn is just very bright red compared to most "barn red" barns, and it reminded me of her lipstick.

It's interesting you said what you did about red, because I was listening to a Valentine's Day piece on the radio yesterday driving to work, and it was about the history of red and interesting facts about where the dye came from, etc. The red dye used to come from little bugs only, and it took many, many bugs to make enough for one garment. So only the wealthy and noble could afford it. In Japan, only nobility was allowed to wear red, but people would line their kimonos or wear red underwear - their little secret. In France, King Louis (I think the XIII) wore red high heels, and it became the rage for noblemen to wear red shoes. Etc., etc. Did you tell me once that red is associated with girls in India?

Rauf said...

Yes Ruth, red is associated with ladies, specially brides. Muslim or Hindu brides always wear red, I'll mail you a couple of pictures. Only westernised Christian brides wear white for the Church weddings, but the majority of Christians brides wear red silk saris.

By the way bugs are still killed to add red to food products.

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