I was an emotional mess today as I watched our old red barn come down. I didn’t anticipate such emotion, rather I anticipated that I’d be elated to see the 50+ year-old eyesore go.
“My Farmer” came in the house around 10:30am to tell me that the demolition just started… so I quickly grabbed my camera and headed out to try and capture some of the action.
Now it’s not very often that I step away from my desk during the day to go outside… likely because if and when I ever do… my husband Bryan takes advantage of the opportunity and puts me to work OR I get tempted to stay outside and tend to the HOURS of yard work that awaits me! As I was helping him haul away some corral panels that hadn’t been moved away from the barn yet… I said to him “This is so sad…” and he looked at me and said “No it’s not, it’s great, I’m glad to see it finally go!” When I walked back to the house I wiped my tears, and thought to myself “Get it together Faye… it’s just a barn!”
Well it may just be a barn… but that barn holds many memories, for which I hold close to my heart.
In early June 1999 Bryan and I were still newlyweds, and we were expecting our first child… I came home from work one day to learn that we were going to look at a cattle farm just outside of Woodlands, MB. This caught me by HUGE surprise, as we weren’t even looking for a new place to live… things were going quite well living near the Fossay family grain farm (just outside of Starbuck, MB) and hauling our beef cattle to pasture. BUT… Bryan was very curious, so we headed up north to check the place out… and the VERY first thing that caught my eye was that beauty big red barn (I was instantly sold)!
We bought the farm and moved in late July 1999. Between then and now, although the old red barn wasn’t offering as much use as we hoped it would (originally built for dairy cattle)… it did offer a home for the farm cats, a sheltered room for calving cows and newborn calves during many COLD winter nights, great hiding spots for the kids when playing hide-and-go-seek, and a place to store so many things!
My Pinterest Finds
We decided late this Summer that it was time for the old red barn to go… so throughout September I spent some time walking through in search for gems that I could fulfill Pinterest projects with. It’s these projects that I have planned that will help hold onto the memories of our red barn. Below is a snapshot of SOME of my finds, that I’m so excited to get creative with!
Goodbye Old Red Barn
Below are some of the pics I captured throughout the day while the barn was coming down. Funny story… around 1:30pm I went out for another round of pics, and as I was watching them tear the south side of the barn down I saw the most BEAUTIFUL green door… I literally ran over to the guy on the backhoe and put up my hand for him to stop. He gave me an odd look and stopped (I guess he could tell I meant business). I walked into the heap of rubbish, grabbed onto the green door and pulled with all my might… couldn’t budge it! So the guy on the backhoe lifted some of the rubbish that was on top of MY door and then I was able to pull it out… and as I pulled it out I found another gem door! They both screamed PINTEREST to me! I couldn’t believe that I missed these 2 gems after all my walk-throughs… apparently they were tucked away in one of the back rooms that I never even went into, as I was certain there was nothing in there! I can just imagine what the guy on the backhoe thought of me — crazy, emotional hot mess farmwife! LOL! ;)