The barn, our eclectic creation of recycled wood and metal, continues to inch towards completion.
Completion being a flexible term. For us it means a good enough shelter for our animals this winter. Future completion would include the walling in of Keith's shop as well as the storage room within the barn which will house our meat freezers, extra refrigerator, well pump and vacuum pump for milking our cow.
Later in the future
All in good time my pretty, all in good time.
Two weekends ago friend Jay came again and with son Jason's help the roof was half completed. Without any fancy (i.e. expensive) man lifts or rented scaffolding, we slid the long steel panels up the ladder where Jay grabbed on and pulled them up the rest of the way. Kneeling up high (prayers are always appreciated) he screwed in each panel. After that he and Keith would move the wood kneeling boards back another three feet, and we would repeat the process.
The weather was perfect.
Later this week it turned rainy and cold which slowed down both the barn build and the final leg (breast and thighs) of our chicken butchering plans. Oh well. Next week the weather will warm a bit, if weather predictions are correct. Usually they are meaningless, but we look anyway. Hope allows us to plan the outdoor tasks we need to complete, not to mention about three loads of laundry I am behind.
A couple of days ago the concrete guys came and dug out the areas for Keith's shop and our storage room. These rooms are two different levels due to the slope of our land. A trench was dug for the foam insulation boards and the concrete footings and then they filled the area with limestone. If the weather cooperates they plan is to pour the concrete then.
|Keith standing in his shop area|
Inch by inch and dollar by dollar, we pay as we go rather than use credit, the barn becomes a reality.