Thurs. Doors-The Brown Building

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Last week while birding we made a stop in Maxwell, CA. to try to find a rare bird that has been making his home in Maxwell for nearly 5 winters now. I shared that beautiful bird the Vermillion Flycatcher in this post back in 2016.

We found him again and I will be sharing his picture in a future post, but since this is a post about doors let’s get to the door. On the way out of town I stopped to make an image of this door and building. I loved the turquoise door, and the Mission yet maybe art deco style of the building.

The Header on top of the building says, GB-Brown 1910. Maxwell, CA.

I got a bonus door in the back right with that garage door too. 😀

I began searching for any information about the building online, but I came up empty so I reached out to the Colusa County Chamber of Commerce to see if they knew anything about the building GB-Brown or Brown the person. They kindly forwarded my email to John Morton a Colusa County Historical Researcher. He got back to me really quick and asked for a photo of the building which I sent him. It wasn’t long before he replied with this information about the building,

The building was built in 1910 and used very little as a horse stable before being converted to a car garage owned by George Blench Brown,  B – August 6, 1869  Missouri & D – August 18, 1941 in Colusa County, Ca. He is buried in the Maxwell Cemetery. The Maxwell Fire Department named their station for Marion James Brown, late Fire Chief for the station for many years. He is also the son of George B. Brown. 
I don’t know the current owner of the building, you will have to go to the Assessor’s Office, give them the address and they will help you. Your right, it’s not a Historical Building. There are three plaques on three different buildings in Maxwell. Maxwell is a town, no city council, no police dept, patrolled by the county sheriff. In fact, the founder of the town, George Maxwell is buried in the Colusa Community Cemetery, so when he passed away, there was no cemetery in Maxwell.
That’s all the information I have on the building.
“~ John Morton

I have shared other doors in Maxwell, here , this cute cottage door, this nice blue door. I thought there was one more…I guess it’s in my archive marinating still. But, in addition to the great information about the building, John gave me three historical landmarks to seek out for more doors in Maxwell! Thank you so much, John Morton!

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Thursday Doors- Red Door

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I couldn’t let our new Thursday Doors host have his debut and not post a door to welcome him. So, here is a lovely door all done up for Christmas that I spied while in London on January 1, 2020.

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I wish you a fun and successful run at hosting Thursday Doors, Dan!

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Whatever Weds. An Evening in Soho…

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Hello, and HAPPY NEW YEAR!

It feels like an age since I last posted.  If you follow me on Instagram you know that I was in London for most of the Christmas Holiday. That’s why I wasn’t posting or commenting on your posts.

On New Year’s Day, we have a family tradition of eating Hot Dogs,  sausage, and sauerkraut for luck. I skip the Hot Dogs, as I don’t care for them, but sausage is good! I made it a mission to find a place to eat our traditional meal on New Years Day.  I employed Yelp to aid me in finding a good place.

I thought a German place would do the job and found Herman Ze German in the Soho district. I created a Hot- link for you so you can see their menu.  See what I did there? 😜It was wonderful!  We all had their Chili Brats which is a beef brat,  we had fries and a really good German beer the man taking our order recommended. It was Augustiner Munchen Helles bier. It was so good. Unfortunately, we can’t get this particular beer here in the States.  Did I take any photos of my food?  NO! I forget to do that all the time, but I did take a picture of the beer label so I could look for it here at home but, I haven’t uploaded it, so on the image score for that meal- Total Fail!

After having our “good luck” meal we headed toward our hotel on foot. We did a lot of walking while in London.

While walking through the Soho we stumbled across Chinatown where I did snap this image.  Oh, look there’s a crane for Dan, and Lanterns for Joey!  😀

Chinatown, Soho London UK

We’re home, and I’ve still got to get the Christmas decorations down and put away and catch up on all the laundry.  I hope your New Year is off to a great start!

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Thursday Doors: Nº3555

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The sunset colors were stunning the other night and luckily He-Man and I were out for an evening walk in the neighborhood when I admired not for the first time this lovely corner green door with a wreath and the gorgeous sky above it. I had to snap a photo for Thursday Doors!

Green Door

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Thursday Doors: On the Curve

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When I’m not hiking Hiking I feel the need to stretch my legs and keep in shape so, I walk up what I call the “steep road” which isn’t too far from me.  The total elevation gain is anywhere from 250-900ft depending on how good I feel. If I’m feeling great when I get to the top of the road I’ll veer over to the trail that takes me up to Fremont Older Open Space and get more hills in.  But, no matter how far I go up I’ll usually end up on the road going down which leads me to this view, and past this house.

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I love the pavers on the curved driveway leading up to the arched garage doors, and the balcony! 3 French doors and two topped with Ivy! SWOON!  The tile roof… is gravy.

Quite often when stretching my legs I don’t carry anything other than my iPhone7Plus. I’ve regretted that choice more times than I can count! This was one of them.  I blew out the sky to keep the house in the right light, but even it is a bit blown out. 😦  It was a risk knowing He-Man and I got started later than I wanted to. He likes to start later than I do and if I want his company I concede to his timetable most the time.

I hope you’ll see the house as I do when walking down that steep road after a long hike up. It always puts a smile on my face seeing it.  It’s like a Villa isn’t it?  I wish sometimes this was my final destination, but reality…it’s not!  But, it is the first house of the last steep S curve going down. The road’s grade gets easier after this last S curve, and soon I’ll be done, and the deer are sometimes just around the corner at the bottom of the “S”!  I hope they’re there this morning.

Here’s how I see the house from higher up the road.

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The Deer weren’t at the bottom of the hill eating on this morning, but you know I hope they are every time I go this way! 🙂  I see Deer so often when out stretching my legs or hiking that I believe they’re my Spirit Animal.  Coyote are the other 4 legged animal I see a lot when hiking. I wonder if I’m missing a sign and they’re my Animal Spirit? Maybe both?  I should look that up.

I hope to be out birding this week-end so won’t be online much.  I hope you all have a wonderful week-end and do something you love doing, and see a door or two along the way! xx  🙂

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Thursday Doors SFFD Truck Doors

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While crawling along 19th Ave in San Francisco heading north traffic to get on the Golden Gate Bridge was awful.  I spied this SFFD truck as we approached it I got my iPhone camera out to make a photo of those doors.

SFFD Truck Doors

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This and That

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I didn’t get out too much this past week-end unfortunately,  my original plan to shoot the night sky Saturday fell apart. So I had a Plan B, but that fell apart too. (sigh) Plan A got cancelled due to all the smoke in the air from the Detwiler Fire burning near and around Mariposa, and Yosemite NP.  As I write this 76,000 acres have burned.  Evacuation orders have been lifted in some areas, but Firefighters are saying it may take up to two more weeks for the fire to be fully extinguished.  It’s so sad!

Plan B was scuttled when a friend had to change plans, and I didn’t want to be alone so I stayed home and painted a bit.

Before all that happened my Archive Drive crashed Thursday and Saturday afternoon we were still recovering images and documents from our back-up drive, and cloud service. I can’t tell you how scary that is to think thousands of images made over the course of many years may be lost!  I’ve got them all back, but my external drive is full no doubt due to the huge 36mp files of the D810 so, we bought a new external drive which should be here this week. Then I’ll have my stuff backed up two places, have room to grow, and feel much, much better!

Saturday evening I pulled out an old book I have by Ferdinand Petrie, called Drawing Landscapes in Pencil and stayed up late to practice some drawing then I added some watercolor to it.  Wanna see? If you follow me on Instagram you’ve already seen this. 🙂

I had some new watercolor paper to try too. It’s by Legion papers called Stonehenge Aqua. I like it. There’s not much blooming or bleeding, and the colors look wonderful on it to me.  It’s got some tooth, but not as much as Arches cold press paper. I prefer the smoother hot press papers, so this paper just might be the perfect balance for me.

Ranch Watercolor

Sunday He-Man and I rose early to get on the trail early; we were extending our route and wanted to beat the heat. It was going to be in 90’s again Sunday. We were on the trail just before 7am.  There were quite a few cars already parked near the trail-head when we arrived.  A lot of others had the same idea to beat the heat and get an early start.  We parked at the bottom of the mountain, and planned to  hike up into Fremont Older an Open Space Preserve.

There are a few options to get up there; the most popular routes are:  take the road all the way up to stage 3 of the Parker Ranch Trail system and hike the rest the way up via the trail, or do what we did and walk along the road to Stage 1 of the trail, then you come out on the road again for a bit then catch Stage 2 which is the toughest bit with some switchbacks at an 8% grade.  I was huffin’ and puffin’ going up those. At the top of those you meet Stage 3 of the trail.  There are two sets of switchbacks on this part of the trail, but they aren’t nearly as steep as Stage 2’s.

When we crossed into Fremont Older Open Space Preserve we hiked up to the top of the Toyon Trail then turned around to head back. We altered our route on the way back by bypassing the Stage 2 part and chose a different section of the trail that meanders through an Oak grove, and you climb another steep hill to meet the road. We walked down the road to Stage 1 of the trail and  caught the road back to the car. Phew! Hope that makes sense! Here’s a screen shot of my route from my Garmin Edge 500.

Morning Hike Route Saratoga

He-Man’s not as fast as he was going downhill since his Patella Tendon ruptured nearly 3 yrs ago so, if my time looks slow…it is. When I’m heading down at my normal pace I get way ahead of him so, I turn around a go back until I see him. I get some extra steps that way too. 🙂

There was a lot of fog and, we’re getting some smoke from the fire up here. Here’s one image from the trail. I took this with my iPhone. I went gear light today.

View North from the trail

The faint peak in the fog and smoke on the right might be Mt. Diablo at  (3,889 feet (1,185 m)) high.  The highest hilltop on the left is Hunter’s Point in Fremont Older Open Space Preserve.

We hiked 4.34 miles,  gained 827 ft in elevation, and were back in the car headed home by 8:55am! Not too bad.

We spent the afternoon looking at Loveseats, and bought two. Our current two are really beat up and have needed replacing for over a year, but with a 4 yr old at home we put it off for as long as we could stand it.  Now we’re excited for the new ones to arrive!

That was my week-end. I hope you all had a lovely week-end and got to have a bit of fun, and relax so you’re ready for the week ahead.  I hope it’s a great week for us all!

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