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Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Some Barn Lov'in

By now you know how
much I love old barns....

and I love to photograph
these dieing old pieces of Americana...

something about them
sitting on an abandoned piece of property,
rotting away, with just a few lucky raccoons
taking advantage of their worn and torn walls

they served their purpose well
but, the modern farmer no longer
has any use for them
(poor barns)
too small for today's monstrous equipment...
in the way of the growing fields of corn and soybeans...
"the farmer has to feed the World y'know!)

If I had a few million bucks stashed away
I'd save the barns and let the world 
feed themselves.
(just say'in)

Where was I??
the other day I see my neighbor doing this...

First thought: "there goes another old homestead!!"

Second thought: "I wonder what he is going to do with all that wood?"

Well, I'm glad I stopped to visit with him,
cause it turns out he was happy to share some with me...

He would love to see somebody come and
salvage these old buildings,
but for now they are just attracting
skunks and other varmints from the prairie...

I quickly went and got my crow bar and hammer
and went to helping him tear down the old garage...

Much to my dismay, that tearin' down business
is a lot tougher than it looks!!

So, I went and told Sall about it...
I know he's gonna faint when he sees these
gorgeous Douglas Fir 2x12's!!!

He did.
he fired up the tractor 
and we headed down the road...

Unfortunately, there were only a few
that were still halfway straight and didn't have a crack down the center
(I guess the little garage has been leaning for quite some time)

But, I still managed to rip off quite a bit
of old barn lapp-siding 
or Car-Siding (as Sall called it)
it will work great for some art projects 
I have been dreaming of...

 The back side is just as pretty
as the front side
I would say!

I gave it a little bit of paint
(it's original white color)
and had these vinyl words stashed away
waiting for the right piece to stick them on...

In this Home
we are REAL
We do 2nd Chances
we show GRACE
we say Sorry
we give HUGS
we do FAMILY
we do LOVE

Sounds like something our ancestors
would've said right?
And it was probably the way they
lived on that little old homestead down the road....
working hard at feeding themselves.

Stop and hug a barn today,


Country Gal said...

Awesome ideas for some of the barn wood ! Papa here likes to collect barn boards and use it for his wood working projects he is always keeping and eye out for barn boards . Here we have a few barns that have been abandoned but most farmers expand on the old barns and fix them up I have noticed over here in Ontario Canada and that I like but the some that aren't fixed up and left to rot saddens me ! Wonderful post and photos ! Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

Michelle said...

No doubt you will get some great use out of that barn wood.

barb said...

Great find. Love the sign.

Amy Burzese said...

Looks like you love barns too. Glad you got some of that great wood! If you do linkups, I would love for you to join my barn meme each week!