Just the day before the sale, we discovered that the old barn at the County Line was falling down. It wasn't really a surprise. After a 2015 windstorm, the front of the barn was bowing deeper than a curtsying dancer.
But, this time, there was no big windstorm. We heard no dramatic crash. The cupola and the hay loft simply gave way to gravity. Randy joked that it must have been the 0.60" of rain that fell Thursday and Friday.
Randy started renting the barn and corrals just before we were married. Last year, after we witnessed the demise of a 100-year-old stone barn in the neighborhood and saw the damage to "our" barn, we decided it was time to put up a calving shed.
For the 2016 calving season, our ladies-in-waiting heifers and newborn babies were housed in the new accommodations.
Just like in the picture books, the barn has been a landmark for Kinley and Brooke as they have visited us at the farm.
|May 2014 - Kinley & Randy
We're picking up the girls tomorrow for a short visit. But a trip to the barn won't be on the agenda.
Grandpa does hope they will enjoy playing with the new-to-us toy barn and silo he purchased at the downsizing sale.
Someday soon, the old barn will just be a memory for all of us. Old friend, it's been good to know you.