Wednesday, April 13, 2016


It’s spring--time for all things new, but in Spring Valley, Wisconsin, we’re working on old stuff. We moved here last fall. This is our 100 year old barn. As you can see, it’s falling down. It’s heart breaking because we looove these old beauties. But they’re difficult to restore. The manpower just isn’t readily available. After talking to dozens of carpenters and historians, however, the Amish community stepped up and agreed to dismantle it and restore it in a new location for us.

Right now the skeleton barely remains.

 It’s so interesting watching them work and very exciting to think that his proud old structure will give shelter to more generations of livestock. Currently, we have our shorthorn heifers housed in the lower part of the building. (I had to chase my horses out to put the cattle in. Here are my boys, looking in and wondering where things went wrong.)

But there are all kinds of new wonders, too. The calves and lambs from down the road are adorable and the sight of my horses running in the pasture makes my heart sing.

Happy new birth, everyone.

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  1. I'm glad you get to keep your barn in a new location. My husband's uncle built a house using an old barn. I used the scenario in a book, too.

  2. Lots of excitement going on at your house. No wonder the old boys are full of curiosity! Can't wait to see what your old barn looks like once it's new again.