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Andrea0509

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Posted - Oct 20 2015 :  11:29:59 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
So happy to see all of your progress on the barn! I've been following along with your story since I joined HJO about a month ago. Thanks so much for sharing your adventure & progress with us! The cupola is adorable and the barn is absolutely beautiful :)

My husband and I are hoping to build our barn next year and just last night I started my first rough sketch of its plans. We have the original dairy barn foundation to build on, since the barn itself was torn down due to becoming unsafe. I love thinking about how cows used to be milked there so long ago! Drawing the plans I felt like I was 10 again, drawing out horse barn plans for my parents, trying to convince them (for the 1000th time) that I needed a horse and had everything planned out. ;)
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maryjane

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Posted - Oct 20 2015 :  11:46:14 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Yet another example of dream it and it will come. Have fun dreaming your barn back into reality Andrea!

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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txbikergirl

3197 Posts


Posted - Oct 21 2015 :  5:18:30 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
charlene,

the barn is gorgeous, the gift is heartwarming, and the dream is becoming a reality. enjoying it from the sidelines, you are very blessed.

Firefly Hollow Farm , our little farmstead. Farmgirl living in the green piney woods of East Texas on 23 acres with a few jerseys, too many chickens, a pair of pugs and my Texan hubby (aka "lover boy")
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CloversMum

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Posted - Oct 30 2015 :  1:33:34 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Here's the latest update on my barn ... the electrician will be coming next week and the builders should be done by Monday or so. Then, we'll be putting up goat stalls, chicken wire for chicken coop and duck pens.

You can see part of Cecily's concrete path that meanders around our house and out towards the barn. She walks on it every day with her crutches. The cupola will be finished with red metal and white louvers for venting.


I love the red metal! And I'm loving the transparent siding between the two roof lines as it allows oodles of natural light inside the barn.

This will be under cover but outside area for some of my animals. The plywood will be painted the same red color as the metal. We decided to go with plywood here, instead of metal, because there is a greater chance of banging this as we clean and didn't want to dent the metal. It is way easier to repaint or even replace a piece of plywood than a whole sheet of metal. Since it is all under cover, the plywood should be fine and wear very well.

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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Andrea0509

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Posted - Oct 30 2015 :  2:21:49 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Charlene, it's coming along just beautifully! Thanks for sharing pictures :)
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txbikergirl

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Posted - Oct 30 2015 :  4:41:09 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
gorgeous charlene, absolutely gorgeous. loving that the timing for winter is perfect. don't you love how dreams that take years are finished almost overnight! it always seems like it takes forever, and then all of a sudden it gets done.

Firefly Hollow Farm , our little farmstead. Farmgirl living in the green piney woods of East Texas on 23 acres with a few jerseys, too many chickens, a pair of pugs and my Texan hubby (aka "lover boy")
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CloversMum

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Posted - Oct 30 2015 :  7:02:18 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thank you! We have a definite change of weather now ... lots of wind this afternoon and lots of rain forecasted overnight. I guess we'll see if all the barn pieces stay put!

I also love when dreams start becoming reality and its even better than the dream. All the details are coming together. So grateful for this grant!

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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txbikergirl

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Posted - Oct 31 2015 :  09:09:49 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
charlene, one thing i have loved about my 40s is learning patience. our generation was given so much by our parents, and you see everyone nowadays expecting to have a 3,0000 sq ft house with a pool and granite countertops and a BMW in the garage by the time they are 25. once lover boy and i started going debt free and saving up cash to complete things as we go, it is amazing how much patience you can acquire. and i believe patience = peace.

so i am sure you have the blessings of LOTS of peace over the wait for your barn! i too will receive that same blessing as our future barn will be a good ten years from now ;>

Firefly Hollow Farm , our little farmstead. Farmgirl living in the green piney woods of East Texas on 23 acres with a few jerseys, too many chickens, a pair of pugs and my Texan hubby (aka "lover boy")
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NellieBelle

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Posted - Oct 31 2015 :  1:35:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Looking good Charlene, and like the lighting panels above for the natural light. Nice that Cecily will have the walk to get down to barn too. Thank you for posting the updated progress.

To laugh is human but to moo is bovine. Author Unknown
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Ron

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Ronnie
Peever SD
USA

Posted - Oct 31 2015 :  3:14:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Better than nice...

With a moo moo here and a moo moo there, here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo.
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CloversMum

3486 Posts


Posted - Oct 31 2015 :  4:39:02 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Cindy, I am over the top with gratefulness and very much at peace. I've waited a long time for this barn ... going through the grant application, drawing up plans, redoing plans, thinking more, changing the plans, waiting on the NRCS, being chosen for the grant (!), waiting some more. I'm really overwhelmed that we really get a barn ... and having it become real out of the dreams and plans is great! Especially when it surpasses any hopes. I will be spending lots of time down in the barn, enjoying the peace, quiet, joy and we are looking forward to sharing it with others.

I'm at peace as well just knowing that we are doing what we should be doing. Every time I faltered, something happened to encourage me to continue.

Cash and debt free are definitely the better way to go ... don't mind a grant here and there :-). And when one pays for things as they go, you certainly discover what is really important. My kids are definitely learning this!

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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Ron

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Ronnie
Peever SD
USA

Posted - Oct 31 2015 :  5:07:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Cash is king...you never have to look back....... :)

With a moo moo here and a moo moo there, here a moo, there a moo, everywhere a moo moo.
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CloversMum

3486 Posts


Posted - Nov 04 2015 :  11:43:44 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Update ... the garage doors look like old-fashioned carriage doors! Love it. They still roll up and out of the way, but I love the details.


We will have flood lights over the garage door and an old-fashioned gooseneck black light over the people door. Those will be installed next week. It makes me happy just to look out my back window and see this!

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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txbikergirl

3197 Posts


Posted - Nov 04 2015 :  4:18:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
its gorgeous charlene. love all the details, those are the exact details i dream about often for my some day barn ;>

Firefly Hollow Farm , our little farmstead. Farmgirl living in the green piney woods of East Texas on 23 acres with a few jerseys, too many chickens, a pair of pugs and my Texan hubby (aka "lover boy")
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CloversMum

3486 Posts


Posted - Nov 05 2015 :  08:47:41 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
The gooseneck outside light that I ordered should arrive in the next day or two. It is exactly what I had envisioned for above the people door to my barn. I cannot wait to decorate my barn for Christmas! Such a country girl I have become!


Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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maryjane

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Posted - Nov 05 2015 :  08:52:43 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nice!!!! Those are the lights we have all around the outside of our facility, only in red. When I "turn on the porch light," all of them go on and from a distance this place looks like a car lot, it's so lit up. Consequently, I don't have them on very much.

MaryJane Butters, author of Milk Cow Kitchen ~ striving for the stoicism of a cow standing in the rain ~
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CloversMum

3486 Posts


Posted - Nov 05 2015 :  09:00:36 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Our light will have a photo sensor on it so since it is just one light, I'm hoping we can leave it on whenever it is dark. The problem is that right now, the barn look is very popular so that is driving up the price of the functional lights! I guess others are discovering how fun it is to decorate "barn style"!

The inside main barn lights will actually be on a digital timer so I can have the lights come on for the chickens and goats when it gets so dark in the winter. I don't go overboard with the lights as I do want my animals to have a natural cycle, but the winter time darkness gets too much sometimes. I'm loving the idea of automatic lights! Trying hard to lessen our work load and to work smart. I think Cindy mentioned that once when she was describing their farm and future plans. Smart woman, she is.

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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txbikergirl

3197 Posts


Posted - Nov 05 2015 :  12:27:32 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
love it charlene! yes, us farmgirls with lots of work on our hands have to work smart! sounds like you are doing just that with your barn plans.

can't wait to see it done and ready for santa to arrive ;>

Firefly Hollow Farm , our little farmstead. Farmgirl living in the green piney woods of East Texas on 23 acres with a few jerseys, too many chickens, a pair of pugs and my Texan hubby (aka "lover boy")
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CloversMum

3486 Posts


Posted - Nov 05 2015 :  5:25:38 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I already have my Christmas gift! I guess I can sit in it to see if I see Santa fly by! :-)

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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chives

313 Posts
Victoria
Shelton WA
usa

Posted - Nov 05 2015 :  7:13:27 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Charlene, the barn is just beautiful. It will be all done soon.

A cow is the heart of a farm
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CloversMum

3486 Posts


Posted - Nov 05 2015 :  9:21:55 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Thanks everyone! I just ordered the rest of our lights and they should arrive just in time for the electrician to work his magic!

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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CloversMum

3486 Posts


Posted - Nov 09 2015 :  09:04:30 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
One tip: shop around for light bulbs! Man, oh man, do prices vary on just the outside LED lightbulbs! Best price found was at Costco.


Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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CloversMum

3486 Posts


Posted - Nov 14 2015 :  5:06:15 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
My cupola is finished!


And ... inside the barn before the goat pens are made with used free pallets. Someday my goats will be moved up to a larger dairy barn and this will all be converted to a chicken/duck barn which explains all the chicken doors. Never again will the floor look this clean! We are also planning on installing stall mats as the concrete is just too cold. But I will also use the deep litter method so the straw will add up and insulate as well.

Loving life and family on our Idaho farm, Meadowlark Heritage Farm; A few Jersey cows; a few alpacas; a few more goats, and even more ducks and chickens
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txbikergirl

3197 Posts


Posted - Nov 14 2015 :  5:22:56 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
gorgeous charlene!

do you use the deep litter method now? i do and LOVE it. its just so clean actually, smells clean. and the chickens just turn everything constantly so it really breaks everything down - by the time i pull about 3/4 out every 5-6 months it is so broken down that it really composts quite fast.

probably the only thing i didn't plan well for the deep litter method was adding 6-8 inches to all door frames so that it wouldn't fall out when a door is opened.

Firefly Hollow Farm , our little farmstead. Farmgirl living in the green piney woods of East Texas on 23 acres with a few jerseys, too many chickens, a pair of pugs and my Texan hubby (aka "lover boy")
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Sydney2015

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Posted - Nov 14 2015 :  7:35:39 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Oh Charlene! It is so beautiful!

A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing - Laura Ingalls Wilder

I live on a small farm of seventy acres called Green Forest Farm, with 10 horses, a donkey, 5 beef cows, 2 beef heifers, 3 Hereford heifers, around 60 chickens, 8 dogs, my amazing cow, AppleButter, and her little Jersey calf HoneyButter!
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