Barbara is in charge of the dining rooms.
This room was called the "Keeping Room" in colonial times. The hearth is, of course, part of the original
construction when the house was built in 1774. The room you can see through the door on the right was the original
formal dining room of the house. The picture was take from the enclosed porch, which is new construction and our third dining
|Bar Manager Christina Holbrook
The bar is in what
was the formal parlor of the original house. This room was seldom used other than for entertaining the parson. We enjoy the
irony since any liquor that might have been in the house would have been hidden away when the parson came to call.
Several people have commented recently that our
air conditioning was just right, not the blast of cold air you feel in some buildings. Their comments stimulated me to think
about how important Barbara’s sensitivity to temperature, sound, light, well, all our senses, is to the comfort people
feel at Joshua’s. I have lived with her, what I would call, hypersensitivity for 42 years. She is a Goldilocks with
things being too hot or too cold, too hard or too soft, too loud or too quiet. She is always seeking “just right”.
Old insensitive me
can withstand a considerably wide band of sensual input going barefoot in below freezing temperatures.
It is wonderful that after all these years I can now appreciate
the value of Barbara’s sensitivity. She raises and lowers the music volume to match appropriately the noise level in
the dining rooms. She is always first to recognize that the sun has set and the lights in the bar should be lowered. And she
is always on the prowl to try and get the temperature just right. That is the greatest challenge in this old house with a
huge fan in the kitchen sucking air out and causing drafts in the winter and the setting sun blasting the dark brown west
side of the house on hot days in the summer. It may not be possible to get all the rooms “just right” all the
time but that is Barbara’s mission.
Art on the walls
The photographs in the reception area are some photos from the garden taken by friend and professional photographer
Darren Setlow. http://darrensetlow.com
Another friend, artist Bonnie D’Abate, did the gelatin monoprints
in the bar, the tomato in acrylics on the Porch, the pear pastel and the two amaryllis etchings above the mantle in the Keeping
Also in the Keeping Room is a black and white photograph of apples
by B. A. King. You will find another B. A. King in the Post Room. This heron rookery is such an amazing photograph you will
have difficulty believing it is a photograph. His work can be seen at the Pucker Gallery, 171 Newbury Street, Boston. http://www.puckergallery.com Tony is also a long-time friend and he and his wife Judy, also an artist, were our first customers.
The oil painting in the Post Room is by Adeline Goldminc-Tronzo of Eliot, Maine http://www.adelinette.com. There are two Paul Plante’s in the Post room. We have long been a fan of his small pastels of fruit and birds’
eyes. His work can be found in a number of galleries in Maine. We purchased ours from Jean Briggs at Mast Cove Galleries in
On the porch there is a watercolor by Cliff Young of the farm in New
Jersey where I (Mort) grew up.