Dear Friends

| 3/27/2014 10:34:00 AM

Tags: Granary, Garage, Chicken House, Brooder House, Foundation, Old Buildings, Mary Conley,

Mary ConleyDear readers,

In my last blog, I told you about a chicken house being built on the old brooder house foundation, and posted several photos of the process. I have been impatiently waiting to show you the transformation of the old barn and chicken house, but feel that I should first tell you the story of the building in the photo below since we later used part of it to repair the others. It sat at the end of the driveway and I evidently became attached to it, as I teared up as I started typing about it. I am surprised at how an old worn-out building could do that to me.

building fence

This building was a granary and is sectioned off with cement walls about waist high. The middle space allowed a small truck to drive in, unload, and proceed out the back. We renamed it the garage since we used it to store the chipper shredder, lawn mower, wheel barrows and garden tools in the front. Therefore, upon arriving each visit and beginning our work, the garage was the first place we entered, and the last when we put everything away to go home.

There wasn’t much to this building but the front, but that facade continued to be useful to hide junk for quite some time. It started on our very first weekend at the farm when Larry and Todd traipsed back and forth between it and the basement in a snow storm, filling it with heavy items such as the old furnace, a hot water heater, and a huge International Harvester freezer. It became so full, we eventually had to call a junk dealer to remove all of it.


3/29/2014 7:39:53 AM

BTW. Lori, I would give anything to be in my 60's aganin, let alone 50's! I keep saying that i want to be ten years youger to do all the things I want to do on the farm!

3/28/2014 9:11:07 PM

Thanks, Lori, for commenting. When I write the blogs, I realize how much we've done and especially how much our son did on the buildings the three years he lived there. I love learning new things, but I think we'll be spending most of our time from now on just finishing up things we've started. Don't be discouraged! Just keep pegging away!

3/28/2014 3:36:50 PM

Wow, Mary! This fills me with hope...and I help my 22 year old son with the clean up, renovation, and start up of his 100 year old neglected farm that he moved to last June! I'm in my 50's, and wish we had the young, strong men here that you have! There has been a neighbor young man in his 20's who has been a tremendous help and blessing to us...he's away on a missions trip now though. Onward we tread! Thanks for sharing your progress and results! Lori Havens (This Old Farmhouse blog)

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