Photo: David Marchant

This cluster of farm buildings east of McBride on Jervis Road add a bit to color to our muted winter spectrum. It has long been a custom for farmers to paint their buildings red. A red paint could be made by mixing linseed oil with rust or blood, or if they were buying paint, red was often the cheapest color. To begin with it was done because it was the cheapest means of painting them. After many many years of seeing red barns, when farmers got richer they continued to paint them red just because it became a tradition.