Mom’s barn lies in the heart of the farm, half way between my garden and George’s pigs. It was built in the late 1800’s, and is in need of some work. The basement floor was in particularly poor shape, and needed to be repaired. A bunch of us family members decided it was time to repair the floor, so we started chopping out the old cement, only in the places that were damaged.
Above, Mom surveys the current progress. I can’t help but notice the disappointment this picture portrays. We were all unsure wheather replacing the whole floor was a good idea, but we all finally decided that it wouldn’t be worth the effort unless we got a new floor from our work.
Davie started out as guy leveling the cement, but I soon asked to be taught. Before I knew it, I was the cement leveling guy, and I had some very eager helpers. This was our first floor, but I think the kids did a great job ! By the end of the day we were half way done.
The cement is done now, and construction has changed into building new horse stalls.
Here’s Davie’s barn all finished. There was some friendly disagreement about which way the doors should face, when I was there at the same time as an Amish man. The Amish put their doors pattern on the inside of the barn, and so their doors looks like the rest of the building. Davie put the crossbars on the outside of the door. Personally, I like the pattern facing out.
In the photo above, we just finished throwing hay from the truck, up into the second story of the barn for storage.