Barn inspiration

An old shot of the cow shed in use.

An old shot of the cow shed in use.

We’ve always had grand ideas for our little homestead and this includes the outbuildings.  Our current cow shed, with its slightly leaning lines, an ode to contemporary architectural design, has been dismantled and rebuilt in different forms several times now.  In their history, the red boards have housed sneaky sheep, a white horse almost fit for a knight, and the beef that’s now in our freezer.  Whether it will have yet another reincarnation is still to be seen – the present shed’s roof, half complete at the time, was also the site of D’s marriage proposal (a quick break while balancing on the rafters), so maybe that will one day save its pieces from another metamorphosis.  Regardless, we’re looking at building a new barn up near the sugarhouse and a separate garage/outbuilding for the tractors (hopefully we’ll be one less at that point), tools, plow storage, workspace, etc.  When we were at a neighbor’s a couple towns over during the holiday weekend we got to see their new barn and it got me pretty excited.

A new barn for Annabelle.

A new barn for Annabelle.

It’s quite a nice little place for a nice little donkey.  We’ll likely do something like this, and likely a bit bigger, for whatever animal power we acquire in the future – right now we’re dreaming haflinger and fjord dreams…..

A small

A small “stall” for a small donkey.

Ladder to hay loft.

Ladder to hay loft.

Hay loft said to store almost 25 bales!

Hay loft said to store almost 25 bales!

Grain bin. Apparently not a huge threat of access with such a small donkey.

Grain bin. Apparently not a huge threat of access with such a small donkey.

Wall storage above the grain bin

Wall storage above the grain bin.

Annabelle not using her new barn.

Annabelle not using her new barn.

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