Saturday, October 27, 2007

Life on the farm sure has changed

As many of you may know I own our family's homestead. My grandfather purchased this farm in the 1920's. My dad was born here, I was brought home here as a newborn. This was a working farm of over 100 acres. As a child I can remember farm animals, hay fields, tractor rides and the barn....


This is not the original barn to the farm. The farm was started in the 1840's. The original barn was lost to fire at the turn of the century. In the 1960's only a few farm animals remained...pigs, geese, an angus calf, a horse.
When I go into the barn I can recall the sounds and smells (ugh) of the barn. I remember going with my uncle to milk cows by lantern...now I'm not THAT old!!! There was no electricity in the barn until the late 1960's!!!
Anyhow, in the 1970's my dad moved his plumbing and heating business up the road to the barn. He built a little office and supplies took over where animals once lived. My dad HATES to throw anything out. You never know when you might need a part, right???? Later in the 1980's my cousin decided to use the lower level for car repairs. So the barn became a warehouse of parts and pieces. When someone needed storage space, "can we keep it in your barn". Somehow when we purchased the farm...it all became ours.



Old lawnmowers, furnaces, appliances...it all was in the barn. We have always wanted the junk out. We got a dumpster once...filled it and still no end in sight. We thought of recycling. We didn't want all this going in the landfill...
Heh, that's not junk, that's P's antique pick-up truck!

Oh, can't take that....

Sorry P, I'm keepign this too....wait until I fix it up with flowers....


oh, can't have this either....more garden ideas.....


So we loaded up the trailer....

and off we went to the dump...I mean recycling center!


Phew, we weigh this much????


Wow, look at the stuff back here...




wait, isn't that a perfectly good top to a pot?


Honestly, people recycle boats?????




and best of all, they pay us for our junk!

So we made two trips. Made $237 and had a lot of laughs. The barn is looking better. Heck, if we do this every week, we could get cows again by spring!
PS Anyone want to buy a car hood?????

10 comments:

***Willow, Belle & Old Man Turbo's Mom*** said...

I would of had a field day snooping around in your barn! I love stuff like that. My husband and I could browse through antique stores all day long...
Hey that barn of yours would be a cool place to share a ghost story or two!Hey if you come across an old wagin...let me know!

rpm said...

Oh my goodness! when you said you were going to the scrap yard I thought you meant you were going to look for stuff to bring home for parts of something?? Now I see you were going to take stuff there. that's much better than hunting for something! I like it that you can make money for taking your stuff there. That boat looks like boats here after a hurricane blows them around. It looks like a cold winter day there...the type you love to sit in front of the fire with hot chocolate....just dreaming about it here.

Magnolia Sun said...

Good for yall for cleaning out and what a bonus for getting some money. You will have to keep us posted to what it looks like once is all cleaned up! I agree with the milk jug, flowers will look really pretty in it.

Punchbugpug said...

We do get sort of "side-tracked" when we're over there. The part we were working in today was the lower level. In the main barn there are lots of yokes and stuff from the horses/cows. I have a couple of hand plows in one of my gardens and some old tools. We do have the hay wagon sides, but the wagon part is not there. There is a seeder down back that I have been nagging for someone to move to a garden for me to use. P says he doesn't want me to "junk it up" in the yard! We also have an old piano, standing radio, washtubs, you name it! We found a couple of cool smaller items I will post about once their cleaned up!

girlville said...

how neat you own your very own treasure hunt barn! i cannot believe they PAY you to take your stuff to the scrap yard?!?!? i'm pretty sure down here it's the opposite. i'm eager to see what sort of cooler small items you found...don't make us wait too long to see them, please.

Paula said...

There is lots of money to be made heading to the scrapyard. My husband takes a load now and them. Throughs no metal away.

Beautiful barn pic!

The Devil Dog said...

That is really cool. They gave you money? Even better.

Roxy

Pugsley, Buster, Cricket & Daisy said...

Sounds like a lot of fun and right up our alley!! We love the treasures you kept.

Four Pugz

Goodboy Norman Featherstone said...

I love looking at the pictures of your barn. You should post more photos of the homestead! What are you going to do with the barn now? Create a Pug recreational center?

Punchbugpug said...

HAHAHA, Pug recreational center! Actually I did just say: "if we could get his all cleaned out we could have Pugs over to run around during bad weather!"

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