Sticks And Stones
and realize it is right down the street from me.
This house has so intrigued me that I have been known to stand on the bench built outside its fence to try to get some photos.
Now I find that it was built by none other than Perry Newberry.
Perry Newberry was” Carmel” once upon a time. He was a journalist,playwright, and political activist who fought to keep Carmel a village in a forest. In 1922 when he was elected Mayor, he was considered “the greatest force Carmel has ever had for the preservation of its beauty,its artistic identity,and fine community spirit.”- Allan Griffin. As if that were not enough, he also liked to keep busy designing and building small houses. He favored brick or stone masonry and did the work himself. When possible , he built u-shaped plans on two lots. It is said they often leaked and chimneys did not draw well but their distinct charm made them sell well.
As I am taking this photo of the house marker ,
a man comes flying out the gate. After I explain myself, I am invited to join the current owners and their neighbors for a glass of wine. I think Perry would have found kindred spirits in these professors -now retired. They raised their family in this house. The husband is an artist who continues to paint and sell his art. I admit to standing on the bench outside the fence to photograph and find out that he built it after watching an elderly neighbor walk her dog each evening. She seemed to tire in front of his house , so he constructed the bench with the hopes she would sit on it and catch her breath. He was delighted to see her make use of it immediately.
As the dinner hour nears, the couples go inside and give me permission to photograph from the inside of the fence for a change. Notice the bells both inside and outside the gate. In Perry’s time , these would have been the “door bells” that would announce visitors.
The art in the garden testifies to their many travels around the world.
The use of succulents in the garden is inspired. They grow well in Carmel and love the lean, sandy soil.
My hostess grows herbs and lemons near her kitchen door and has thoughtfully placed a chalk board and chalk there for messages.
All the doors have delightful details.
I take a few more shots and exit the front gate with a backward glance.Today as I am reading the Collectors Issue of Autumn Cottage, I am treated to an article showing interior shots of Sticks and Stones. I see that the owner , Joe Tanous, is 86 years old. I would never have guessed it.