Maison De Haute Couleur
Charvin, Paris Watercolour and
black marker on Fabriano paper
5 x 8 inches
Barbara Muir © 2017
(This is half of a semi-detached house.
I kept part of the sketch open so I could
show you the robin that nested on
the post between our houses one year.
A lot has changed since the reference
picture was taken, and sometime soon
the house will be painted white. I will
love that.)On day 7 of the Month of Love, a tumultuous month so far --
there is an ice storm outside, which makes it logical to think
about loving my own house. I don't have high end, solid
reasons for that. The house is nothing fancy -- a narrow,
semi-detached building. But it has taken care of us and
kept us comfortable for over two decades, so it has got a
The best thing about it is certainly where it is -- we are
close to everything, and it was a miracle when both my sons
were enrolled in the wonderful school across the street.
For a small house it has a good sized kitchen, and in summer
we live on the covered porch facing the backyard. Add to
that that the house is full of memories, and art, and I think it
deserves my affection. We are lucky that the neighbours on
the other side of our shared wall are incredibly kind and
unobtrusive. Would we move? Sure we would -- if a big,
white clapboard, farm style house became available in our
neighbourhood, in excellent condition for considerably less
than our house is worth right now. In other words for now
that fantasy is just that. No such house is available.
Have a loving-the-place-where-you-live day.