This site is about my life as a farmgirl, wife, mother and grandmother. We have a beautiful granddaughter and the cutest grandson. We own two farms in Craig County Virginia, leasing one and raising beef cattle on the other.
My kids bought me a gorgeous wooden rocker for Mother’s day a couple years back. It’s had a rough couple of years and the one of the rockers was broke off last year when someone rared back in it. I convinced hubby it could be saved!! I’M A MAJOR REFURBISHER!!! Is there such a word? 😉
Anyway, I had him take the rockers off and make it a pretty bench for the porch or yard. As you know from previous posts, we’re big porch sitters and entertain on our porch a lot. It looked great!
Sometime during the big birthday party it was sat in again, rared back in again and more repairs were definitely needed before using it safely again for entertaining. Hubby used some ingenuity and placed some braces in strategic places and here’s what it looks like before it gets a new paint job.
And here’s the final project.
Hubby has decided that if this doesn’t keep it upright and strong enough for ANYONE to sit in it will be used for kindling in the winter. Here’s the finished product have a new paint job.
Hubby seems to always be repairing something on the farm. Recently he’s been working on fences, hauling more limbs out of the fields from the winter winds and last years durachio. We have lots of repairs to buildings to be completed due to time and lack of repairs before we inherited the farm. Some buildings were beyond repair and have been torn down and cleaned up. This week he started on the corn crib at the mansion.
The winds wreaked havoc on the roof of this building and some of that will be replaced in the coming weeks and some will be pulled down and screwed down to prevent further wind damage. The front of the crib is in fairly good shape but this end needs new support at the bottom which you can tell has sunk.
This side of the crib has an addition on it for storing equipment and is in really bad shape. First we have to get the old bulldozer out of it and take it to the scrap yard and then we’ll begin the work of repairing the side of the building. We’ll us it for storing the lawnmowers, tiller, and other small equipment in the winter months. The other side of the building holds the backhoe and is in good shape. It doesn’t suffer the west winds and rain like the side you see above.
Here’s some of the fencing that has been completed by Hubby and our daughter in the last few weeks since it’s warmed up.
There’s always something to do on the farm and never any time to be bored!!
When we moved to the farm almost 12 years ago we were way too busy taking care of my husbands uncle who had Alzheimer. What a horrible disease but that’s another post!! My husband inherited our farm from his uncle which has been in the family 200+ years. It once was the farm of at least five different links of the Caldwell family. Some parcels were sold off and some of what we know was in a journal of one of my husbands great uncle, OFWC. There are at this time two apple houses, two cellars, two smoke houses, numerous grain bins, storage building, barns, barns and more barns and currently four houses. We live in one, our daughter is building another, the other two are family homes or build somewhere in between. We have bull barns, cattle barns, hay barns, equipment barns, bee house, and did I mention a “sugar house”??
A sugar house was built for just making wonderful maple syrup. Our farm is loaded with all sorts of fruit and nut trees, pines, and more than anything else, sugar maple trees. One on the property we are sure was about thirty years old when a family picture was made on the farm and that was in the mid 1800’s. It’s starting to look pretty bad and in need of pruning or taking down but it sure pours the maple sap in the spring. I digress again and on with the story of the sugar house. This is what it looked like when we moved here 12 years ago and hadn’t been used since our kids were small and they’re 36 and 39 years old at the moment.
My son-in-law is a brick mason and loves restoring old building and the fixtures within. Even though he’s my kin, I have to say he used to do awesome work. Economy and no work has changed that way of life in our neck of the woods.
Anyway, hubby, Joel and my brother broke it down, cleaned it out and started over as you will see from the following photos.
Now, I wasn’t around to take pictures when Joel was rebuilding but I think these beauties will show you what a beautiful job he did and I’m so proud of the beautiful “sugar house”!!
We’ve used it several times since the renovations and everyone enjoys the time together! We usually have friends and neighbors into for the day or two that it takes to cook the sap off and everyone enjoys the french toast and waffles when the first batch comes out of the pans.
The main reason I did this post is the time is upon us to tap the trees again if Mother Nature will cooperate and everyone is well. I’ve posted in the past on the process but plan to do that again sometime next week with some new photos of last years event. Until then, THINK SWEET THOUGHTS!!
This is the blog for our little farm in Skagit county. Here we have Shetland sheep and Nigerian Dwarf goats. In addition we have donkeys, cattle, pigs, chickens, geese, and peafowl. The blog describes the weekly activities here.