This is my favorite photo of the barn, even though it’s far in the distance.
This photo was taken from the first upper pasture. I came out here one day, in advance of moving in and with the previous owners’ permission, to walk some of the fields and inspect fencing as I made my plans on where to unload animals. Unfortunately, I discovered a lot of fence repairs needed in that field and had to knock it off the list as an unload location for the cows. It was still warm then, and I thought they would enjoy it for a few weeks, but they had to go straight to the rear barn yard.
The barn was built in the 1890s and is a dream barn to me. The previous owners told me they had considered tearing it down. I was shocked. Luckily, they didn’t do that. I can only assume they were considering it because of the maintenance costs coming up on the barn. The roof looks like it needs some attention in particular. Otherwise, the barn is in sound condition. Some boards seem warped and aged, of course, but that is part of the charm. This barn looks like it has a lot of farm life left in it to me as long as the roof and other crucial elements are maintained.
I’ll be breaking up the barn tour into a few different posts, like the pasture tour. There is a lot to be explored in the barn, and I haven’t even had a chance to explore it thoroughly myself. There are also all kinds of unidentified (non-flying) objects, and I know some of you can help!
As you face the barn, there is a large sliding barn door. To the left of the sliding door, the lower area of the barn encases the stalls on that side of the alleyway. The higher side of the barn to the right holds the hayloft.
When you slide back the door, there is a gate with a chain and latch to hold back animals even with the door open. (Well, it would secure a horse or cow. I can tell you it doesn’t secure sheep or goats! That could be solved by adding woven wire fencing to the gate, but I haven’t gotten around to that yet and it’s not critical for now.)
The alleyway runs down the center, with stalls on both sides.
There is a door in the back that opens to the rear barn yard. I have it temporarily barricaded with several items because the lower end of the door is too high. Goats and sheep could slip under the door and out to the rear barn yard (which is not secure for smaller animals). I can move everything and go out that door if I need to, but there are two outside gates to the rear barn yard as well, so for now while I have sheep and goats coming and going in snowy weather to the stalls, I’m leaving it barricaded. Eventually I’ll do something to fix it.
The barn is lighted throughout, with electric outlets, and there is a water faucet (in addition to the two faucets in the front barn yard) right in the alleyway that is “disabled” (in a manner of speaking) because the previous owner’s horse knocked the faucet down. When I start getting my milking room ready, I’ll have that redone because the faucet is right outside my proposed milking room (which I’ll be showing you in another post).
In this post, I’m going to bring you into the “office”–which I think is really the tack room, but calling it the office entertains me for some reason.
I could set up a little desk in there and bring the goats in when they need chastised. Daily. And write bills out to the chickens for pooping on the porch. Put Glory Bee on the naughty list. And count sheep.
Inside, there are all kinds of tools that were left behind by the previous owners. Shovels and rakes, a pitchfork, a hay hook, clippers, a trimmer, even an old horse shoe. (I don’t know if the trimmer works.)
There’s also a chain saw (?) and I don’t know if that works either. And what is that thing to the right of it? It has a tall handle.
There’s a basket hanging on the far wall with what looks like horsey stuff.
There’s this other thing and I don’t know what it is. (Not the trimmer, the other thing.)
There are some gasoline cans and kerosene cans and a heater. Those three cans are empty.
But this kerosene can is mostly full.
And, of course, the bladder tank is in here.
The room could use a little cleanup, and I still need to go through it all and figure out what everything is used for, but it’s a handy nook.
More barn tours coming up as I show you the stalls, the storage area (with some interesting left-behind items), and the hayloft.