Wednesday, March 07, 2012

Barns of Highway 195

On our trip to eastern Washington, we drove Highway 195 from Spokane to Pullman. The tree lined highlands dropped down to undulating hills covered with fields just ready to sprout their annual crops of wheat. Along the way we saw lots of farms, each with a barn. Here's the first for me to share.

Traditional red, this newer barn sports a classic design and red coat. Lots of room for stock, equipment, and possibly hay for those cold, snowy months in the highlands. -- Margy

12 comments:

  1. It would be interesting to know why the "traditional" colour is red. Does make for nice photos though!

    ReplyDelete
  2. Welcome to Barn Charm!

    I've never been to Washington, but there's some gorgeous views & countrysides out there! WoW! Love the barn & thanks so much for joining... and thanks to Mary Beth, too! =)

    did you know you have word verif turned on? please consider turning it off... if you'd like help, let me know!

    ReplyDelete
  3. How wonderful to see barns that are still being used!

    ReplyDelete
  4. Beautiful barn.

    Regards and best wishes

    ReplyDelete
  5. Paul - I wondered the same thing. Here's a link to an explanation I found on the web. Not sure if it is the true story, but sounds reasonable. Before commercial paints were readily available, wooden barns were preserved with a liberal coating of "skimmed milk, lime and red iron oxide." Later linseed oil was added to the recipe so that the homemade paint wouldn't peel off so easily.

    When I first started teaching, I remember my mother taught me (she was also a teacher) to mix tempura paints with milk left over from the kids snack time. It made a better mix than just water, however, if the kids didn't use it up fast enough it did start to smell by the end of the week.

    Margy

    ReplyDelete
  6. I often wondered why barns are red. Nice shot.

    ReplyDelete
  7. Interesting about the red paint, Margy.
    Driving through Washington State is very scenic, I know. A few years ago, I was trying to avoid I-5 because I was driving a friend's elderly Toyota, which had bad brakes, which she hadn't noticed, driving only on one of the Gulf Islands and never very fast.
    I didn't want to drive home from Seattle at speed, so we took country roads up to the border, and then west across Zero Avenue, and had a glorious time.
    K

    ReplyDelete
  8. It is a lovely colour red. Round here barns are black or dark wood, but a lot of houses are painted 'Essex' pink xxx

    ReplyDelete
  9. what beautiful sky. such a great view. (:

    ReplyDelete
  10. Gorgeous shot! Love the scenery behind the barn, too!

    ReplyDelete
  11. I keep missing barn charms! Glad to see yours.

    ReplyDelete
  12. Fran - Essex pink is new to me. We are always doing this. I tried to Google it, best I could come up with is bright pink.

    Thanks everyone for stopping by and commenting on my first Barn Charm post.

    Margy

    ReplyDelete