We've been spending endless hours getting it cleaned out, re-built, and re-roofed.
working on the barn, along with about a million other projects since we first moved to this homestead in March of 2011.
Spencer above, with face mask on to protect his lungs from decades of dust and dirt.
Cleaning out more of the old hay from the barn loft. This picture was taken last Fall.
There was so much to do, to save the old brick homestead barn.
Look at the dust fly.
re-building the North wall that was completely blown out.
We knew that the wall and the roof would not survive another winter of deep snow.
So, the wall was completely re-built.. right down to the foundation timbers.
The roof was tarped to keep it as weather resistant as possible until we could re-roof it this Spring.
Before picture of the North wall.
In this picture, you can also see how deteriorated the roof of the barn was.
A before picture of the South barn wall. You can see a glimpse of the brick interior of the barn.
In the far right of the inside wall, the brick is adobe. The rest of the East wall and West wall are fired brick.
In this picture, you can also see , that originally, the barn had canvas covered windows that slid up and down. Completely deteriorated .
After: the same barn wall after it was re-built.
You can also see the new galvanized metal roof.
new partition wall was built on the inside of the barn.
A separation between 'the girls' new home, and the remainder of the barn that is destined to be my gardening room.
'The girls' get out of their brooder, and into their new home.
They are quite pleased with their new home.
Hopefully by the end of this weekend, they will have their new nesting boxes and roosts installed.
By Fall, we hope to have the following done on the barn :
~An enclosed outdoor run built for 'the girls'.
~New flip up windows made from corrugated fiberglass panels ... the windows will protect 'the girls' during the cold winter months.
~The remainder of the barn floor scraped, landscape fabric installed and 3-4 inches of pea gravel.
~Tool rack made and installed for all my gardening tools.
~A new potting bench made for my gardening area
Side by side pictures ,a dramatic difference. So much work has gone into renovating the old brick homestead barn.
It would have been easier to tear it down, and start over. Less blood, sweat and tears.
Definitely less money.
However, we have a real desire to preserve things when we can, to not waste, to not be so eager to get rid of the old.
There's a history here. It can not be duplicated.
*The rest of this week, and weekend are being dedicated to hauling off debris from the sidewalk renovation. B.T.W... totally LOVE my new curved sidewalk with it's gentle, welcoming bend.
*Re-roofing the garage. Almost 1/2 the shingles have been striped off.
*Lots, and lots, and lots of trips to the landfill to clear away the pile of yard and construction debris that has accumulated on the West side of the barn.
*Squeeze in a date ...maybe to the drive-in with my honey.
Attitude of gratitude:
~ I am so grateful that I was blessed enough to have such a wonderful, remarkable, talented, creative, compassionate father. He taught me so much. He instilled in me a passion for learning new things, saving old things, and being grateful for all things. Even trials. He taught me that the trials in my life were opportunities to increase my faith and testimony, and to bless the lives of those around me, by setting an example and letting others be of service to you and receiving the blessings for their service.
He also taught me that it is impossible to feel sorry for myself when I was anxiously engaged in service for others. One of the greatest lessons in my life.
When I start feeling sorry for myself, I know that it's time to get busy helping someone else.
~I'm grateful for my wonderful family. They might not always see my vision, but they are more than willing and able to help my achieve it.
I KNOW that more times than once, they have hoped and prayed that I would find a new house.
Still, they put on a smile, and walk with me through the dust, dirt, and blood.