Thursday Doors


Front, side, shed, barn – this New England home has several doors but none that I could capture up close and personal. This beautiful home is located on an intersection in Lee and there was no place I could safely stopΒ and get out. The best I could do was shoot through my open window.

For those who have never been to the New England area, this is a typical home from probably the 1800’s. All buildings were connected so you could tend your animals and do many of your chores without going outside into the winter weather. The ladder stored on the wall is also an interesting New England habit.

I don’t have any idea who lives here or if their barn currently holds farm animals, but I love driving by because it causes my imagination to perk right up thinking about the stories it could tell.

Enjoy your Thursday, and if you like doors consider linking up to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, January 14, 2016. πŸ™‚

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Master Gardener who enjoys gardening, quilting, photography, and traveling.
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49 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. I like the variations of yellow on the doors. Someone likes sunshine.
    A great shot – I too shoot through my car window πŸ™‚

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  2. pbmgarden says:

    That is lovely. The bright yellow is great.

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  3. pagedogs says:

    The yellow’s a nice touch and not very common.

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  4. Norm 2.0 says:

    Bright yellow works for me and I’d never seen a place where the buildings were connected like that. Even though it’s a good idea, we don’t do that here…I wonder why.

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  5. LOVE the yellow doors in an otherwise dreary winter setting. I wish my garage were attached to the house so I wasn’t having to “go out” thru the cold to get to it. πŸ™‚ Very practical to be able to tend your farm animals without having to shovel out the snow!

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  6. Laurie Graves says:

    Love that burst of yellow. I grew up in house like that, in North Vassalboro, Maine. None of the floors were level, but what charm it had nonetheless.

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  7. Joyce says:

    Those doors, even though closed, look very welcoming to me. It is just New England hospitality to bring visitors in from the cold. I can picture a massive hearth inside and cups of hot cider awaiting a guest. Love the idea of being so close to your animals and not having to go out in the depths of snow that accumulate out there!

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  8. joey says:

    Beautiful. Really great illustration of bright colors working in unexpected places.
    I so often wish we had a breezeway from our back door to our garage — that cold north wind, it freezes my gate! lol

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  9. What a beautiful, interesting place. One can’t help but wonder what it’s like inside and who lives there/has lived there.

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  10. Isn’t it interesting how some places just call you to them? I bet it was the glorious sunflower door that first caught your eye. I shoot through the car windows too but only when Mr S is driving! πŸ™‚

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  11. Murphy's Law says:

    Another winner Judy!! Love this place. I’m not a big fan of the color yellow, but it is perfect here… And love the two shades of yellow. Don’t think any other color would’ve worked as well.

    You’re probably right about safety concerns with buildings being attached, but I still would want to duplicate it!! Being able to travel from one building to the other without stepping outside is terrific.

    And like Cynthia, I would love to see inside. Maybe owners will see your blog and invite you in to take photos!

    I am fascinated by doors and windows. (Yeah, I’m weird!) I could look at photos of them until the cows come home. LOL!

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    • You can kind of imagine the rooms that might be in the house, but I’d love to look in all those sheds and barn. My grandparents had a shed between what they called the back room where you took off your boots and the freezers were stored. The shed held the wood for the kitchen stove so it was always dry. You walked from the kitchen to the back room, which also led to a covered back porch where you hung your laundry, through the shed into the barn where a doodlebug was parked. You walked up to the hayloft or down to the lower level where the cows were housed. Some things you just never forget. πŸ™‚


  12. lulu says:

    I love the straightforwardness of many of the homes I see in New England and when they have a brightly painted door that’s all the better.

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  13. I love thinking about the history.. how they lived, what they endured..

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  14. Murphy's Law says:

    You wouldn’t want to forget. What wonderful memories of your grandparents and their home and their lives. Tougher times back then in many ways, yet more simplistic and comforting at the same time. Enjoy those trips down Memory Lane!

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  15. jesh stg says:

    I know – I at times have the same problem (not being able to get out because it’s too dangerous:) ) – but you still can see the connections it has from the house to the stalls! With your post below I immediately recognized the German word “Klatsch” – Are you German related? I lived for a year in Berlin, and the Kaffee Klatsch was the most memorable time of the week! (Also because we were always so full from all the deserts and breads that we gladly skipped dinner:) )

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  16. Looks really beautiful, especially with the snow. πŸ™‚

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  17. What a great house, Judy! I can imagine being there in winter, fire going, all the work done, relaxing and looking out at the moon on the snow. Reminds me of houses in Europe that had the barn below the house, which kept the house warmer, but probably a bit aromatic as well.


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  18. Eliza Waters says:

    Love the bright yellow doors and shake siding. So typical of olde New England!

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  19. swamiyesudas says:

    So the yellow door has caught everybody’s attention, as it should, of course. …Beautiful house, even if simple. Would not mind living there, provided taking care of animals is not involved! A pat on their head is my limit! …Good capture. Keep posting! Regards. πŸ™‚

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  20. There is a book about New England homes and how they were attached to their outbuildings, The name of it is ‘Big House, Little House, Back House, Barn. Have you heard of it? I remember having it at one time. Great photos and the history of old New England homes that were built in this fashion and why. Love the yellow door on the farm you photographed…bright and cheery and a splash of color along with the weathered shingles. Nice, Judy!

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  21. Gorgeous. We stored OUR ladder on the wall of our shed and someone stole it. So much for customs. I guess winter has arrived. We’re still in Arizona, but home soon and back to reality.

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  22. Nadezda says:

    Judy, I see this house has an interesting entrance with columns. Here the old houses are connected with sheds as well due to cold climate. Lovely picture!

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  23. KerryCan says:

    Do you know the band Schooner Fare from Maine? They have a song called “Big House, Middle House, Back House, Barn” that captures the connected farm perfectly. I read somewhere that they stopped building homes this way because, if a fire started, it would sweep straight through and people would lose everything.

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  24. Oh the stories indeed! What a beautiful historic home.

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  25. treadway says:

    It is a beautiful, old home. I would love to know its history. And what a blue sky that is–it has been a while since we seen one that blue.

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  26. germac4 says:

    Wow, what a lovely bright clear winter sky, and the beautiful old house…looks like the beginning of a story…

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  27. Looks really beautiful Judy and I love the idea of the interconnected buildings, beauty and practicality!

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  28. A great piece of history, as you say there must be lots of stories within those walls!

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  29. reocochran says:

    I came circling back, Saturday is my catch up and read posts, Judy. I like the old worn look of the wood and the bright lemon yellow brightening this house up! πŸ™‚
    I hope my old barn or shed didn’t cause you to feel I post disrepaired buildings all the time! πŸ™‚

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  30. Dan Antion says:

    I like this collection/building a lot Judy, I can see why you enjoy driving by. I’ve seen a few of these connected sets around here. On some cold winter days, I’ve thought about building something to connect our house to the detached garage. It wouldn’t be a good idea, but during a cold rain, it seems like a good idea.

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    • We have a cape code two doors up that these particular owners have lived in for 50+ years. They have a two car garage and built a really nice little screened-in porch that connects it. There are jalousie windows on it and they use it to pass back and forth and are also able to sit outside and stay away from bugs. I don’t know who built it but they matched the three structures perfectly.

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      • Dan Antion says:

        Hmm, you’re giving me ideas. But, I need the space between the house and garage to pull my utility trailer in and out of the yard. Although, a side overhead door on the garage…Oh, now my brain is going crazy.

        This lot is way too small for such thinking, but it’s fun to dream.

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  31. Grandma Kc says:

    I just love all the yellow doors but my goodness that picture makes me cold! Hope you didn’t freeze with your window down getting that shot but glad you shared!

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  32. 1440 Each Day says:

    Enjoyed this very much!


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  33. treadway says:

    Re your comment on my post about fabric…it was a quilt shop, but it is the only one in Terre Haute so I did not want to mention them by name. She has just been open as a quilt shop for a couple years, maybe 3…and has greatly improved her stock. So I hate to say their name…maybe it was an employee that did the cutting, etc.

    As for fabric stores, a few years ago, my DD and I bought some FQs at one of ‘those’ big chain fabric shops… specially daughter, she had bought several precut FQ’s. Well, it went on and she ended up moving and I had all the FQs setting down there. I happened to measure a couple…out of 10 or 12, I think maybe one came to the full 18 inches and none came over. All the others were anywhere from a quarter to half an inch shy and I think one or two was a3/4s inch short. That is what led to me always measuring.

    I contacted them and they sent me a $15 gift card…but what if I had been in the middle of a project depending on the 18 inches. I just do not buy FQs from them and most their quilting fabric is so thin, I hardly even look at it. They do carry a few bolts of good stuff, but again, I will go to a quilt shop most times for them. About the only reason I shop there is daughters gets me gift certificates…so will get things I need with their coupons…

    Didn’t mean to write on and on…

    I do hope you are having a good day where you are. We have sunshine and that alone makes me happy.

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