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Round Top Winter 2021

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54 and watched movies on the side of the barn; at times, coyotes yipped and howled in the distance. The kids are now grown or away at school — they have two daughters and a son ranging from 18 to 24 years old — so it's often just Curtis and his wife at the farm. While nearby Round Top has exploded in the last few years with visitors, shops, and new restaurants, the farm is remote enough that their rural experience hasn't really changed. The sunrises and sunsets are still worthy of long gazes, the darkened sky still reveals the Milky Way's broad ribbon of stars, and the coyotes can still be heard from miles away. Days at the farm are contemplative and often spent in the kitchen, cooking, reading, or working on jigsaw puzzles. Four years ago, Curtis took up watercolor painting. As an architect, he's sketched every Top: Curtis' 2020 painting of the renovated kitchen. Bottom Left: In foreground, vintage hickory chairs. In background are antique table and chairs made from local pine. Flag painting by Mark Stewart. Above: The living room, looking toward the library. Vintage antlers. Curtis designed the stool.

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