Imagine building a barn like this.  It must have been an enormous undertaking.  I am not sure how old the West Barn is  – definitely older than the cottage that stands beside it, but it will be shelter for the cows this winter – though they are fed in the fields and cows stand about wherever the food is. They come in here at night. 




My hay bales are dwindling fast. As soon as I am home there will be a few more beef cows sold.


Poppy races across to see what I am doing.



Wondering if there is extra food. Then hoofing it back to where Manu is eating her dinner for her.


What a barn.


Here are the Bobbys (and Tui). Waiting for their hay. While I am away John will bring in the first of their round bales.


I got word last night of another hog sale so I will be loading him then racing for the plane on Sunday.  It is easier if I help load the hogs though. It is a two man system done with smoke and mirrors.  I will bring him across to the barn tonight so we are ahead of the game.

One more sleep.

I hope you have a lovely day.


WEATHER: High of 48! Very warm. An excellent day to get everything in tip- top shape before I hand the farm over to Our John.

Saturday 12/16 0% / 0 in
Sunny. High 48F/8C. Winds SW at 10 to 20 mph.

Saturday Night 12/16 10% / 0 in
Clear to partly cloudy. Low 31F/0.5C. Winds S at 5 to 10 mph.

7:11 am 4:26 pm

Waning Crescent, 3% visible 5:28 am 3:44 pm





36 Comments on “OLD BARN

  1. I’ve seen film of the Amish building a barn in a day, so it’s not inconceivable that many rural communities used to help each other out that way. It would be quite spectacular to see.

  2. I love old barns..the wood ones have character. They tell stories that very functional pole barns can’t. Friends have been using some of their old barn wood to frame quilt blocks.

  3. Your pictures take me back. The big old barn on the farm I grew up on had huge, thick wooden beams, particularly in the upstairs. My sister and I spent hours up there. They made great balance beams or ship ladders or even just perfect places to jump from into the pile of hay. Several had letters carved into them. (I imagine initials from previous farmer’s and their families.). We used to pretend they were clues in complicated games of detective that sometimes went on for days.

    Safe travels! I look forward to seeing the pictures every morning!

  4. Have a wonderful trip!!! I’m looking forward to seeing the coming posts of your travels. I love old barns and your west barn is a great one, there’s just something about the light in them and all the life they’ve seen.

  5. Phew, Miss C, taking the Farmy business right down to the wire. Don’t leave your airport dash too late, we’re all looking forward to our virtual trip to NZ.

  6. I’m still thinking about Ton how not only lucky you are to have him but how lucky he is to have you. He is doing what he was put on this earth to do and he surely is in his glory doing it. Pure joy.

  7. The BARN! HOME! My grandparents and uncles built their and one another’s barn and homes together. Most of the family lived on Rat Creek and my gr’ uncle’s place is a historical site because it is the oldest ‘working’ farm in the county. The barns and houses are still standing strong. I sure remember the days in the loft and how dusty we kids would get from jumping from the rafters into the piles of hay.

    Oh, Miss C., have a wonderfully relaxing, joyful trip!! I’m looking forward to our ‘travels’!! – Sunny

  8. such history in this old barn….beginning with what trees were used and what kind of nails not to mention
    how many people helped. Good old barn, lovely old barn….

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