Summer is winding down. The twelve-year-old goes back to school in 10 days and my work load cranks up to full speed a day or two after that. Whatever farm goals have been accomplished by the day school starts will pretty much have to hold us til next spring. Not much time left, but we have been cranking through the tasks.
|exterior of patched wall of barn|
|interior of mow looking out the clear panel patches|
|date discovered inside mow|
Once I realized the barn repair crew could build or fix pretty much anything, I turned them loose on a couple of other jobs. The biggest was a loft for the new barn. Earlier this summer I got a quote from a builder in the city who churns out suburban decks. A loft is basically a deck right? Yeah. He wanted nearly $10,000 to build a loft. I decided I'd wait. Then these guys came along. They did decent work and they were fast. It took them two days to build the loft. Cost a fraction of what the deck guy wanted. A small fraction. I'm looking forward to moving most of the house cats out to the barn now. They will live in the new loft. We will get our house back. Yay.
|the new loft in the new barn|
I myself finished the patio. I had planned a more detailed post on this labor of
No good deed goes unpunished though. While I waited on myself to get the patio done, I moved our garden bench out to a patch of grass between the house and barn so we'd have a place to sit. It's on a little knoll under a maple tree in the island of the circular drive. The ground falls off to the street and views of the horse farm across the way peak through the trees. Turns out this spot is pretty much ground zero for the barnyard. When I feel the need to sit down outside, I go there first. Would have been a lovely spot for a patio.
Never even crossed my mind. Sigh, guess I shoulda tried out spots with the bench BEFORE I decided where to put the patio.
|View from new patio across the grass with the garden bench where the patio should have gone. Even with all the construction debris laying around its a better spot for sitting than the actual patio!|
And finally, the concrete guys came and put a floor in the cleaned out shed in the hay/garage barn. The concrete floor is surprisingly fetching. :) My barn guys also installed three clear panels in the roof, like skylights. It just needs walls now to be ready to go. Funny thing though, some other stuff happened and now I'm not sure what to do with this space, so it's on hold. It's late now, so I'll have to save the other stuff for tomorrow.