Thursday Doors

Yesterday, I went north with a friend to Warner, NH. We were picking up native plants for a Master Gardener project.Β Warner is a small town with a population around 3,000 and a charming one-block downtown area.

We traveled back roads to get to the nursery, and saw many large farms and ranches. I must admit I didn’t know we had ranches here in NH. I would have grabbed photos of some great wrought iron gates leading to a couple of ranches, but my friend was driving and doesn’t exactly understand or appreciate Thursday Doors. πŸ™‚

The nursery owner and her new business were very interesting, but the real star for me was their barn.

It was not a barn that I’m use to touring. It did not house animals, tools, garden supplies, or any of the items I associate with a barn. It was a family party barn, and they had hosted a wedding there last weekend.

It was a beautiful barn built on the foundation from the original one that had been taken down. But, I’m still trying to reconcile my thoughts about a barn that is not a working structure.

I’m pretty sure I’m showing my age here, so I’ll stop writing and let you picture yourself sitting in the balcony, enjoying a cold beverage, and looking out over 300 acres. Nice.

Happy Thursday, and if you are here in the US, have a safe long weekend and never forget the real purpose behind Memorial Day Weekend. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡ΈπŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ

Linked to Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors, May 23, 2019.

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40 Responses to Thursday Doors

  1. Dan Antion says:

    That’s a beautiful barn, Judy. I’m with you, I think I’d rather see it full of farm equipment. When my daughter was just our of art school, she did some freelance photography. She photographed a wedding in a barn in MA. I guess it’s a thing.

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    • I’ve seen old barns that were turned into wedding facilities as a business, but I’ve never seen a gorgeous barn like this built with no real purpose in mind. I kept looking around thinking about a workshop, a plant potting area, storing tools, etc. I just couldn’t quite grasp this beautiful, big brand new barn without a job. Someone should built that where you and I could share it. You and my husband could use half for a shop, and the Editor and I could garden with the other half. πŸ™‚

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  2. Joanne Sisco says:

    My very first experience with a barn involved a snake so I’m a little ‘hesitant’ about barns – party or otherwise. For all my outdoor bravado, when it comes to things that creep or crawl, I’m a wuss. That’s a long way of saying that a barn wedding wouldn’t be high on my list.

    I too have missed many photo opportunities because I was with someone who didn’t appreciate my need to stop πŸ˜• I keep thinking that maybe someday I’ll have a chance to go back.

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    • Oh you mentioned a snake. Now, that has to be my most unfavorite thing to run into in the whole wide world. I would definitely not willingly go anywhere that I might run into one. I run like a girl when I even see a garden snake. πŸ™‚ Yes, it is funny if you try to explain Thursday Doors to someone who isn’t a blogger and isn’t into photography. Their eyes almost glaze over. πŸ™‚

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  3. Joyce says:

    I agree with you! The barn is gorgeous, but “something’s missing!” If it were mine, I’d fill it with a pony, lots of goats, chickens, and a bunch of barn cats. 300 acres to view would be so much friendlier dotted with my domesticated zoo!

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  4. Oddment says:

    What fun! I will return later to read the other comments that come in. Something tells me this is going to turn into a rousing game of What Would You Do With This Barn? At my age now, I’d just put rocking chairs near all the doors and windows and roam from chair to chair to just admire the surroundings. My ancestors used barns to dry tobacco. Ick. I couldn’t help laughing — sympathetically, of course — at your comment and Joanne’s about being with someone who didn’t understand. Genius is rarely understood.

    Thanks for the reminder about Memorial Day. Spot on.

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    • There were chairs in the balcony area left from the wedding that looked mighty comfy. I understand tobacco barns, and I certainly understand dairy and horse barns. This was just a challenge for me to comprehend – a barn with no purpose. Yes, I have good friends who truly understand about doors but others just give me the blank stare so I usually shut the conversation down. πŸ™‚

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  5. Lovely, whatever it is used for. Nice to see something built over the old structure and the fields maintained. There is at least the possibility, when things go to heck in a handbasket, that the barn can be used for more practical things, and the fields can grow crops.

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    • Well, they did have one crop in a couple of fields – hops. πŸ™‚ I asked if they sold to local craft breweries, but they said theirs were grown organically, and they shipped them to a Florida buyer. It really was an interesting stop. I think you would have enjoyed talking to her. πŸ™‚

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  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    A barn built specifically for parties, eh? By the sounds of it, they’s is folks with f/u money πŸ˜‰
    Nice shots though.

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  7. I burst out laughing at your friend who’s not familiar with Thursday Doors. I know, right? Everyone’s not a blogger? My wife was a farmer who raised goats, sheep, cows, and chickens for about 30 years. She’s told me so many stories about being in a barn during cold, cold mornings delivering newly born calves. I think she’d approve of a barn for something other than farm work. πŸ™‚ – Marty

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  8. Murphy's Law says:

    I think this is a classuc example of people who have more money than they know what to do with! This beautiful building needs cows and the smell of manure, maybe horses, chickens, goats, cats, a great old dog and at least one barn owl, and all manner of farm equipment to work those acres that will never get planted with anything but grass.

    Interesting how we all have an opinion how someone else should spend their money! Lol.

    Sorry your friend “didn’t get it”. Sigh……

    Happy Memorial Day weekend everyone. A sincere “thank you” to all the veterans who so selflessly served our country. πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡Έ
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    • Yes, I was definitely an arm chair quarterback walking around that barn imagining all the things it could hold and tell stories about. πŸ™‚ I would love to have the change to put a new metal roof on our barn, but definitely don’t have it so I was looking up at the gorgeous seamed roof thinking about it just sitting there. Oh well, like you said – their money which they can spend any way they like. πŸ™‚

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  9. Barn weddings and parties are big out here in the west too. I was birding recently and one stop was on a private ranch. They let us in the barn to view the Great Horned owl pair and it was decked out with twinkly lights and a nicely swept floor. Used for dancing no doubt.
    I was very grateful they hadn’t discouraged the owl pair from making their nest in the rafters!

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  10. Rose says:

    Funny, I don’t like the idea of a wedding in a barn even, unless it is an actual working barn. Guess my age is showing, too.

    Funny, thing, I was taking photos like I take now long before I started blogging. Just couldn’t take as many as I wanted cause I could not afford that much film and developing. I alway feel compelled to photograph and document things, but now that they are in digital form, who will ever see them except what I post on here.

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    • Well, you brought up a topic that could make for several posts. I have thousands of photos and on rainy days sometimes try to go back and delete some I know I’m not going to use. But you are correct. Down the road, someone will probably just wipe it clean. I guess we just enjoy the moment and the challenge of trying to capture a good shot. You grabbed some nice Iris photos the other day. πŸ™‚

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  11. It IS a working barn, but it’s just working at something other than farming. πŸ™‚ Maybe if we just think of it as a building that looks like a barn it wouldn’t seem so odd. I bet it’s a popular place for events. My brother thought it would be cool to re-purpose a barn as a house, although I’m pretty sure he’ll never do it. But people have.

    Hey, we had a complete day without any rain, although it rained last night and is supposed to rain again tonight. Lovely and sunny today, though.

    janet

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  12. Ogee says:

    I can’t imagine a better place to bring a whole family together. And in a town of 3,000 – that’s pretty much everyone!

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  13. I guess that’s a pretty good way to generate extra income. It sounds like you had a nice day trip.

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  14. KerryCan says:

    You can probably imagine what I’d like to fill that barn with–many, many looms! And cats. Lots of cats. I do love a real barn, with the smell of hay and dust motes in the sunny spots.

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    • Yes, I can see you perched on that second floor working a loom and looking outside through the double screened window. You made me smile visualizing the dust motes because I was thinking about my grandparents dairy barn. πŸ™‚

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  15. I wonder if bats roost there. I love barns. Visited one recently that had become the main building of a winery. It was gorgeous, in a way that no working barn had ever looked.

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  16. We took a nice long drive down into Rhode Island and this was the first time I realized how many horse breeding places are appearing. Suddenly, there are those long white gates all along the road. Where there used to be dairy cattle, now horses graze. Not that I mind. I like horses. What it means is that this area is getting even more expensive than it used to be. Horse breeding is big money.

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  17. Love the barn! A friend of mine’s son held their wedding reception in a barn. I think it’s the new thing, events in a barn-like structure. It was enchanting. Lovely find and hope you had a safe and good Memorial Day weekend. =)

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  18. I love visiting out-of-the-way plant nurseries. That barn would make a great venue for a wedding.

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  19. germac4 says:

    What a great barn! We’ve just been driving through the countryside today, and all the barns we saw looked a bit weather-worn and battered compared with this one. However, most of the barns we saw today will be filled with sheep when spring shearing starts.

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    • I love barns. Down the road, there is an old farm house that is attached to several barns so in days gone by you could go from home to barn to do your chores without going out into the weather. No one has lived there since we’ve been here which is thirteen years. The barns are collapsing, and it makes me sad every time we drive by. I’m guessing it is tied up legally or something, but it is a sad state of affairs for those of us who truly value barns.

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  20. Nancy says:

    I appreciate old barns and then when they are rebuilt… I enjoy those as well!

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  21. Nancy says:

    And wouldn’t a party be special in this one!

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  22. joey says:

    It’s a beautiful barn. I would love to have a barn, beauteous or not. I would definitely put barn things in mine though. Not that barn weddings aren’t all the rage, but I wouldn’t be crazy about people roamin round my house… maybe I’d feel differently if I had 300 acres instead of 1.3? Probably.
    I’d definitely drink in any barn or upon its porch πŸ˜‰

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