It was so gorgeous and I've been working SO hard at work this last month (Commuting to Seattle for a project) that I wanted to decompress, get out the convertible, and go for a ride.
Of course, that sounded good at 8am, but by the time I got going, opened all the boxes delivered to my house during last week, and ran errands (since I really only have Saturday to do them), it was 1pm before I was ready to get out of Boston.
And everyone must have had the same idea I did, because traffic was awful. But after a while, I was on the open road, headed to NE Salvage in New Bedford. While it doesn't have the high-end range of Demolition Depot in NYC, I thought I remembered it has some decent stuff (and a LOT of it). Wow, was I wrong. The owner is selling both the business and the building, and you can tell. Stock was terrible and you could tell where the roof had been pouring water into the building during the awful winter. So bummed, it was a wasted 2 hours (and I don't have that much free time). This is officially off my list of places to visit.
Good news is that I found another architectural salvage place in Newport, only 30 miles away (and who doesn't love Newport RI). Bad news is that they closed in 20 minutes...oh well, another road trip.
So, I decided to use the remaining daylight to drive around the gorgeous South Coast of MA. In between New Bedford and Newport is gorgeous peninsula filled with Sea Captain's homes surrounded by stone walled farms and scrub pine forests. It's really an hidden gem in MA and I love it. It's called the 'Farm Coast' http://farmcoast.com/blog/
I stopped at Alderbrook Farm in Dartmouth to pick up some yummy apple fritters and some incredible bread from Pain D'Avignon (Hyannis) and off I went. I wanted to relax but also to look for old houses that might give me some ideas for mine. And I found them!
I had been struggling with my 'Farmgalow', whose 11 pitch, gabled roof and rafter tails have always driven the perfectionist in me batty. Am I a Farmhouse? Am I a bungalow? And if I'm a bungalow, where is the ornamentation the gable end of my roof? Well, I found it...it was just on someone else's house!
It's like the 3 bears, not too big, not too little, it's JUST RIGHT!!!! This will likely get added to my front gable during the renovation. Anything I can do to get rid of farmhouse influence in fine by me. There is reason I left Ohio all those years ago ;-)
After snapping a few more pics and watching the fog roll in, I rolled out and headed for home. Read an overblown book about chef's kitchens when I got home, but that's a story for another day.
Just a professional gal who loves old houses. Who strives for a balance between city and country living. And who'd like to leverage her new town's bike culture, to get back into gear...both mentally and physically.