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Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Treasures I Will Say Good Bye to One Day


The old timbers in our great room are treasures of sorts.  Most came from old barns, repurposed for our house.  The horizontal one above with the peg sticking out of it and below, above the stone fireplace, are chestnut.  Chestnut trees don't grow here anymore since they succumbed to blight.


These beams came from an old church in Northern Baltimore County that was built in Colonial times, likely late 1600s or early 1700s.  So these trees were growing in this area before Europeans arrived.  A bit mind boggling I know.  The timber framer who built this portion of the house found these beams laying by the church after a major renovation had taken place which removed them.  He got a good deal and originally hadn't planned to use them in our house, but changed his mind.

But here's a new treasure that will go with us: the latest painting by my husband.  His father was a Washington DC policeman hence the jacket and baton, his maternal grandfather was a founder of the Franconia fire department and his paternal grandfather was a train engineer.  One of the engines he drove is in the Smithsonian.





9 comments:

Arti said...

The latest painting of your husband looks so real...an eternal memory of the ancestors. I hope you will take it away from the fireplace :))

Tom said...

Marcia, I would have a hard time leaving your treasured home, I wish you the best. I can see why this treasured picture is making the trip with you. Thanks for taking time from your busy schedule to join in this week. I hope to see you soon.

Margaret Adamson said...

it is hard leaving things but then you will be making more reasure where you are going and taking some with you so things are not all bad.

Tony McGurk said...

Very interesting about the history of the timber in your home Marcia. You Husband's painting fooled me as I thought it was a photo of the actual items. Wasn't till I read your post that I discovered about it being a painting. He is a very talented artist indeed.

Christine said...

How I would love those timbers in my home! Lovely room & fireplace.
Your husbands painting is truly wonderful to treasure your heroes!

Anne (cornucopia) said...

A double treasure! Those beams are stunning, and I love the history behind them. Wonderful painting, too.

Rose said...

That painting is wonderful...I would hate to say good-bye to those beams.

Betsy Adams said...

Beautiful room --and so many memories of that home for you two... I know it must be hard to leave it... Glad you have pictures to remember all of the good times...

Sounds like your hubby is READY for retirement ---and would much rather do things like his painting (EXCELLENT one by the way) than yard work and home maintenance...

Hugs,
Betsy

abrianna said...

Those beams are beautiful. I would find them hard to leave behind. and what a wonderful tribute form your husband to his father.

The motorcycle in my shot is not mine-came across it in my travels. Was a busy week so am just getting around to commenting now.

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