Saturday, October 04, 2014

The Barn Wrap-up and Moving On

While the barn restoration will be an ongoing project for quite some time to come, we finally reached my goal for this year of returning the barn to a usable condition.
In early September I got some much needed help when Willard and his son-in-law Justin joined me for a barn work day.  Our work that day consisted of laying plywood over the barn floor.  Some of the barn floor was double layer boards while most of the mows were single layer.  Adding the plywood over the single layer areas gave it strong smooth floor.
Willard and Justin working up a sweat

A finished section

With the stable finished, the cattle was able to return.

A group of young animals penned, ready to be shipped to market.
I must admit that while caring for the small herd I became attached to these animal and it was with a heavy heart that I watched them go.
The year's barn restoration wrapped up just in time for me to enjoy the fall colors.  What is more beautiful on a foggy fall morning than some brightly colored leaves and a derelict country farm house.

Driving back to the site of still empty Meadow Grounds Lake I was pleased to see the above sign.  The Friends of the Meadow Grounds Lake continue to work towards the restoration and currently are in the midst of the fundraising campaign. 

The small pool remaining at the dam made the perfect background for a dew laden spider's web.
Thank you for visiting and stop back soon


Tom said...

Fantastic work Coy.
Hope you are as well as can be my friend, please give my regards to your Willard.. I must catch up with both your blogs.

Lois Evensen said...

What a great project! It looks terrific.

Elaine said...

What a relief for you to get the barn to a usable condition again. I can imagine it must have been hard to say goodbye to all the cattle you took to market. They all posed quite nicely for their portrait, although they do look like they're staring a little accusingly at you. Love the photos of the old farm house and the spider web! I hope you get to enjoy some fall colors. Ours are done. We got 3-4 inches of snow last night and more to come, and with lower temps I believe it's here for the duration.

Anonymous said...

The barn looks great. The foggy morning scenes are lovely - especially that spider web.