Monday, September 7, 2015

You Shall Not Pass: A Tale of Two Gates

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Gate in Progress. Still needs posts to be trimmed (and
possibly ensconced in brick), surrounding rail fence
to be finished and some red, red paint.
I'll use anything as an excuse to throw down a Lord of the Rings quote (and apparently a bastardized title of a Dickens novel, because I'm all about literary reference mashups), even when it comes to something as innocuous as a handmade wooden gate. But it's a pretty awesome gate! Designed by Devin and I, built by Devin and his dad, our new gate took the place of our previous method of securing the land  a very long, very heavy metal chain that was the bane of my existence on several separate occasions. The bane!

Let me break it down for you. In order to lock the chain to a post, I would have to sling it over my shoulder, drag it through the gravel, and then pull with all my might until I could get the lock through it. A few times my hair got
Partial photo of makeshift chain gate, because it was
shady like that.
caught between the chain and my shoulder. More than a few times I pinched my fingers between the chain and the lock, or in the lock itself. This all makes me sound pathetically feeble and incompetent, but I swear it was quite a process. Hence the new gate.

There's something about an old red gate and
an old red barn in newly fallen snow.
It still needs to be painted and I am dead set on red. Devin's reaction to this ranged from "bitch you crazy" to "cedar stain is sort of red" before he finally proclaimed "you just pick the colour and I'll close my eyes and paint it on." Now that's love. I've narrowed it down to three colours from Benjamin Moore  "Caliente" (very red), "Merlot Red" (reddish-orange) and "Mars Red" (reddish-brown). Every time I go to pick out paint colours I always end up wishing there was one called "This is the Colour You Want." (I'm paraphrasing a line from a TV show or movie, but I can't remember which one at the moment... because that's just how my mind works these days).

How do you feel about a red gate? Too bold? Not bold enough? Just right? Do you have any gates (or evil gate-impersonating chains) at your house? If so, what colour? If not, what  you just let strangers come and go as they please? You a hippy or something? Please scroll down... just a little further... little more... too far! Okay, right there... click on that link that sadly says "no comments" and make it go away already. Thanks!

5 comments:

Devin Patterson said...

That's funny. My mind was saying "bitch you crazy" but I know better not to say it out loud. Maybe I have an eye sign language thing going on?

Fallon said...

When I was really young, there was this old wooden fence separating my parent's house from my Grandad's house. It was painted bright red at some point in it's life, and I loved climbing that thing. Red fences always remind me of that :) (Fences, gates, it's basically the same thing haha).

Larissa Swayze said...

Devin - You say "bitch you crazy" all the time... as a joke. Because you're wise like that.

Fallon - Yes, red gate/fence... same diff. I too loved climbing fences when I was a kid. One time I slipped and fell straddling a white wooden fence in my Grandma's yard... gak. Not fun. Not fun at all.

Kathi said...

I totally agree with painting the gate red and then add a red barn to the landscape and you've got my full and undivided attention. How can you go wrong with a barn red colour on a wooden gate, so inviting, so enticing, makes you want to stop and admire the craftsmanship of the gate itself. Way to go Devin and your Dad, it looks great and I can't wait to see it in its painted red state

Kathi

Larissa Swayze said...

I can't wait to see it painted red too, but I'm imagining that will be a project for next spring or summer as our good weather days are surely numbered!