The Barn Gets a Whole New Front

| 4/29/2014 8:40:00 AM

Tags: Steel Roof, Barn Beams, Nebraska Through The Lens, Thistles, Rafters, Hay Carrier, Mary Conley,

Mary ConleyDear readers,

The men were determined to save the barn the fall of 2011, so soon after finishing the north side, Larry made three more trips out to the farm to work on the front.



Oh, how those “Nebraska Through The Lens” people would have loved the above photo! The other three sides of the barn were in fair shape, so it was hard to believe the deterioration of the front. A few months after we purchased the property, the scene was even worse. Coming down the slope on the left and all around the front and past was a large swatch of blooming thistles higher than our heads. A refrigerator was laying there on its side, right in front, and we used it to sit on while taking our breaks from chopping out the thistles. You can read about those “fun” times in my previous blogs called The “Weed Commissioner” and “The Farmyard and More Junk.”


5/3/2014 9:24:29 AM

Mary, your barn looks terrific. All that work has really restored the old barn back to a great asset to the property. What will it be used for when it's finished? I'd love to come see it some time but alas as for helping, I am immersed in my own garden projects. I'm in process to purchase another foreclosed city property which will become more of a corner beautification garden than a straight up vegetable garden. It will be landscaped with perennials and maybe a few vegetables scattered around but it will not be a main stay garden like Terra Nova Gardens. I'll be looking forward to hearing about the continuing progress on the restoration of the Iowa homestead. Have a great barn saving day.

4/30/2014 4:28:11 PM

Thanks, ladies, I'm so thankful we have the photos as even we find the before and after quite amazing as time has caused us to forget.

4/30/2014 10:55:00 AM

Quite amazing.

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