We dreamed, we saved, we planned, God laughed, but we are gettin' 'er done! Our new indoor riding arena slash lambing barn slash hay storage slash winter horse barn slash children's winter play area slash event center for future classes and sales slash lord knows what else, is finally going up.
We bought the greenhouse kit in May with every good intention to raise the building by maybe mid-September - knowing what we know about farm life and making plans... But even that late date was laughable, we were so sure we'd get it up sooner. Yeah... that thing about farm like and making plans?...
First, the building kit wasn't delivered until June. Then we got the opportunity to hay some very large fields, which would mean weeks of work (but enough hay to feed all our animals through the winter). Huge gift = Building delay.
Then I had to disappear to New York City for three weeks for surgery. Good for me, I can walk again = another delay. Then we found and purchased this new wood boiler that could heat not only the whole house but Frank's workshop, too. (That gets its own blog post). And yes, warm, cozy house in winter = Delay. Are you seeing a pattern here? This is Rule Number One for owning a farm - understand that nothing happens when or how you think it will. Ever. (That doesn't mean don't MAKE plans, just assume they're more of an outline really)
Then we got the loan of a bulldozer in trade for cutting firewood! Days of work for Maddrey to create an outdoor arena (since we had the bulldozer, why not, right?) and Frank cleared hundreds of yards of trails into the woods; which means he can get in there with the tractor this winter and drag trees out for milling. Oh, yeah, milling is another thing we'll be doing in the new building because there will be a nice wooden mini-barn at either end, eventually.
Probably a dozen other challenges and delays - a surprise rain destroyed half of the sonotube before we could pour concrete, the tracks came off the bulldozer and Frank had to figure out how to put them back on (twice), getting fill delivered to create the pad (this took the right weather and a hole in the schedule of our Fabulous Excavator Leonard to deliver it - even then, the dump truck got stuck in the mud twice).
But after each delay, Frank and Maddrey got back to work.
And some good friends helped out! REALLY good friends!!
Still several steps before we can install the cover though - wiggle wire, other structural support stuff. But ain't it gorgeous?!
Oh, and our crazy, harassing neighbor decided to report us to the Building Code Enforcement. So, the very nice Jackie (BC inspector) dropped in on us early the other morning and asked two questions. We had the right answers and crazy neighbor can go pound sand trying to get us in trouble. Does she really think we didn't check out all the legal and tax issues first? (if you're putting up your own buildings, be SURE to check with all the local authorities, duh)
More to come on the fabulous Wood Boiler and progress photos on the New Building, but we have to finish getting ready for Christmas!
Happy Holidays! Hug your family and hold them close.