Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Barns and Auctions!

Thinking is the talking of the soul to it-self.
                             Plato


It seems this has turned out to be the season for rainy day weekends meaning rainy day auctions, this past weekend was no different. I do not mind those rainy days because there will be no work around the farm; just a day with My Hero at a tool auction always makes me smile. Every time we go I secretly hope that there will be a wonderful barn there for me to photograph.

On Friday we had terrible winds that even shook the little brick house we live in. That familiar I will huff and I will puff and blow your house down, kept running through my head over and over. My Hero and I watched the barn appear as if it was breathing while riding out the storm, you could see the walls heave, there was nothing we could do. We went to bed and honestly put all our faith in the fact that his constant climbing of ladders and frightening his frazzled wife over the years would not be in vain.

I am not sure if you remember this but this man spends a lot of time on ladders that he picks up at these auctions screwing down any loose tin on the roof or sides of our barn. He has consistently one by one over the years and still to this day tried to replace every nail in that barn with screws which hold more securely than any nail, be that a round nail or a square one.

 He hopped out of bed at first light and rushed outside, both of us being just a little worried but hoping for the best, the wind never let up for that whole day and night, the barn would have had to be incredibly strong and keep fighting. I busied myself with packing up for our day at the auction but I kept looking out the window and watching him walk around the barn, when he finally came back to inform me it had held strong I smiled and told him I had no doubt with all that time he spends preparing for these winds. If there was just one little weak spot in any part of the tin roof it could ultimately blow away. We were happy but knew there are quite a few barns around that are not as lucky to have a man that can constantly be on a ladder maintaining it.

This is a very labour intensive job that has to be done and not all can do it nor afford to hire someone who can. I admire all who can and do take care of those barns but I understand the reasons why some cannot. It can be an extremely expensive and dangerous thing to do. We hope to keep ours up as long as we can manage, after we can no longer do it hopefully it will be maintained by the next generation.


We left for the auction happy that all his hard work had paid off. While driving down the road we could see the road and the ditches alongside riddled with boards and nails pointing up. We then came across something that made me very sad. The roof of an old dairy barn where the nicest hard working family used to milk cows and spend every hour was now folded over and will probably never return to being a working barn again. The damage was certainly beyond repair. I remember the man who farmed this and the stories he would tell about milking in the dark and the struggles and joys that came with that lifestyle. I always love hearing stories of those old barns and you can bet every barn you have ever seen has many stories, be they happy or sad.
Generations upon generations of stories all wrapped up in a wooden or steel barn that many have laboured in. This was a very sad moment for me.

We continued on to the rainy day auction and I started thinking about all the ladders, screws, harnesses and other things My Hero has bought over the years to maintain our barn and I smile. He is doing his best and ultimately that is all any of us can do and I appreciate all his hard work.


When we arrived at this particular auction I could see that the man that owned this particular barn was doing a wonderful job. It is true we are all doing the best that we can.


Later

40 comments:

  1. Men and the things they do to keep what they've got... :)

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  2. Hard work does pay off. I enjoyed your story my friend..

    Hugs~

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  3. i love when it rains but perhaps a sunny day would be better for an auction!!

    a wonderful story of hard work and values!!

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  4. oh, i am SO glad that wasn't your barn! how very sad.

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  5. Happy to hear your barn held up!

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  6. Boy, was I relieved when I saw that wasn't your barn in the photo, but I do feel bad for the owners. I admire how hard your Hero works to keep your farm running smoothly.

    As soon as you mention the word 'auction' I automatically think 'ladders'. lol If I ever have to do a word association test and the word 'auction' comes up, I already know what I'm gonna say. :)

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  7. So you all did a marvelous job!! Have faith ;-)

    Many greetings from the Netherlands,
    dzjiedzjee.blogspot.com

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  8. That wind did a lot of damage! Your hero reminds me of Brett, constantly fixing things to make them stronger. Brett is afraid of heights so he won't go up a ladder though (and I'm thankful). Very sad picture of the barn that came down. Is the family still living on that farm? If so, doubly sad.

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  9. It makes me sad too when I discover another old barn or building succumbs to time and weather. I wonder what family stories could be told or who might have lived and struggled there. I am also happy when I see the old barns restored and know at least another generation will live, love, and probably struggle a bit. Life needs tending, just like old buildings.

    You are so blessed your hero really is a hero !

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  10. Those storms sound scary. I am sure glad you kept safe and your hero's work on the barn paid off.

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  11. Glad you and your barn are held up well Buttons .
    Our little old barn roof has a dip in it now (not from wind ) , it's a quaintly built tiny old barn. We inherited this wonderful property from my great Uncle Vino who passed 8 years ago at 94 . He did little repairs right in to his 90's !

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  12. I was worrying there with you! I just hate strong winds...they make me very tense and uptight. I'm so glad that your barn was strong! No doubt, it's the hard work that your Hero puts into maintaining it!

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  13. Hard work does pay! So glad your barn held. I'm sorry for the dairy barn, too - so much life once inside it, and now it's ruined. Wind is very scary and can be so destructive.

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  14. Keeping up a farm is not an easy task, by any means! How wonderful that you and your Hero are able to maintain yours! Nellie

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  15. I am so glad it wasn't your barn Buttons!!

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  16. The best we can is the best we can hope for. It is hard holding together buildings as they age. We do our best and hope mother nature will take it a little easier on us. Glad your barn is holding up.

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  17. Wow- so glad your barn help up! Those winds can be so damaging!

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  18. I'm glad your barn held through the wind. So sad to see the barn that collapsed. You're right--most people are doing the best they can. Some can't take care of things anymore.

    My husband likes to get on ladders, too, to do things to the house and shop. I'm glad he can do a lot of things that need doing himself, but I do worry about him up on those ladders!

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  19. Well, I'm glad your barn didn't blow down. It's all too common for barns to be wrecked in big winds. So dedicated maintenance paid off and your barn is still standing tall.

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  20. one day far away, a person will look at your barn and marvel at how well it is staying together, thanking in their mind and their heart the previous owner who took the time to take care of it...its all we can do.

    But i wonder - what does hero think of while he's up there? I think an interview with a Hero is in order here!!!

    also you be getting some sneaky ideas from somewhere, posting early evening like you did ;p


    xoxox (*still wearing buttons nature scarf*)

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  21. I love rainy season for since the climate will be cool, but to go outside the house i like summer.

    Hard work never fails. Good work!!

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  22. Sad to see that old barn folded over. Glad your hero keeps your barn in good repair.

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  23. I'm always so over whelmed to see what Nature can do-that poor old barn. You were lucky to have met and heard some of its history, your story will also preserve its existence. The green barn is gorgeous if barns can be described as gorgeous and that must take an awful lot of maintenance work! Impressive.

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  24. So sorry for the people who lost their barn. When we bought our land, there was an old barn on it, and the night before we were to close, it burnt to the ground. We were very sad. I have one picture of it. And lot of pictures of the rubble we had to clean up after we bought the land.
    On the house we are building we had the framing done for us. My Shug goes around replacing alot of the nails with screws.

    Cindy Bee

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  25. My grandmother always mourns fallen barns. I do too.

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  26. There isn't much sadder than a colllapsed barn or a house slowly being reclaimed by the land. Glad yours held firm.

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  27. Oh what a pity that barn fell down. So pleased your husband kept up the maintenance on your barn, it was certainly worth it to have it standing after such a strong wind.
    Hugs M xoxox

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  28. Hard work does indeed pay off doesn't it?

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  29. I feel the same when I see houses that are falling down. They are houses that love forgot. I try to imagine how exciting it would have been to the new family to be building and then move into these old houses when they were new. It feels a little sad. Emily of New Moon (by L.M. Montgomery) said it so poetically when she called an abandoned home the Disappointed House. These old barns are Disappointed Barns.

    I love that Plato quote at the beginning of your blog! It's a beautiful sentiment.

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  30. I'm so glad that all of your Hero's hard work and dedication kept your barn together! That was sad to see the old dairy barn.

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  31. I'm so glad that wasn't your barn! It's sad to see the demise of old barns because it's a marker of the demise of a lifestyle, one that is disappearing all too rapidly.

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  32. B,

    Those heavy winds can destroy all kinds of things. We've had heavy winds here, causing problems with roofing shingles.

    I'm happy your Hero replaced the nails on your barn with screws. This is probably what helped keep the barn in good shape.

    Did you enjoy the auction?

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  33. Constant work but all worth it to be able to weather a wind storm like that. We are lucky to have handy and dedicated men. So sad to see the down barn... I love to shoot barns as well and always wonder what stories they would share with me if those old walls could talk. Great post B!

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  34. Glad your barn was okay. We get a lot of strong wind here by the sea, it is pretty scary sometimes, isn't it.
    Lynne

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  35. I'm so glad your barn held up too! We get high winds here and they scare me!

    I've been thinking about you, dear B-but having a very busy time with out of town guests and then a short trip away tomorrow to get ready for-my daughter has an interview at a school in Oregon. Crazy nowadays that kids have to interview to go to college! I hope to get back into a regular routine next week:) Hugs! xx

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  36. Aw, so sad about the fallen barn - I see them here, too. Glad your hero works hard to keep his barn in good shape. We are getting wind and rain here today...winter is coming. Stay warm. Hugs xoxo

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  37. Hey B. We know all about barns and maintaining them. I'd say it's easy to be roof poor, but we are determined to keep our barns in good shape, even tho they are well over a hundred years old. We had some very strong winds here too.

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  38. Both ends of the spectrum isn't it. It's a difficult job to keep up on them and sometimes it just happens, not out of want, surely; those winds can be strong.

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  39. Oh it's so sad about that barn. Such a sad photo. I'm glad your Hero works hard on your buildings to keep them in tip top shape!

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  40. That's how my shingles blew off...one tiny little lifted spot and RIP, the whole row went. It was gosh awful!
    I think I am about caught up now! LOL!

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