What A Great Friday

Hay!
Nothing perks up the soul like a warm, sunny day in December (well except maybe hot chocolate by the fire after a long day working in the cold).  Today was dry so Brent and the gentleman helping us with the barn roofing could move swiftly fixing the crazy holes and damage incurred during the mean, bad wind storm (tempête) of 2009.  It’s always a toss up with the roof.  If you don’t fix it, the roof will eventually fall in.  There are countless examples of ruins of this kind around the countryside.  If you fix that little hole, the house or barn will stay put for ages even generations.  But, do we need a roof for the cattle pens?  In the case where it’s one small beam and five roof tiles, well yes, why not?  But what about a lot of rotten beams and a whole lotta roof tiles?  Brent’s original design was in the open air.  There wasn’t a roof to be built.  We’re here in the old pens and barns that all have a roof of some description and in some sort of condition needing some sort of repair.  Do we fix it or tear it down.  The answer so far has been fix some, tear down the crap.  But more importantly, how can we use the digger?  It turns out, the digger is great for lifting things and/or people to get to roofy bits.  It’s also great for ripping out old, cement pole stuff that’s no longer needed.  Not only a beautiful sunny day today, but a day the tractopelle got to eat gazole, lift crap and rip stuff down

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old barn, big hole

a can on a cold ciment roof

Tosca looking small

Tosca and Legend made sure the house was safe by laying by the warm stone walls.  Tosca with her grand belly is looking a bit miniature as Legend grows to his full size.  She’s a ripe age of eight years and he is eight months today.

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4 thoughts on “What A Great Friday

  1. ceciliag December 10, 2011 / 12:38 am

    you are right to leave up what is standing (for want of a better word) even though cattle do not NEED shelter, they will do better WITH it, i.e. weight gain. And for a cow it is all about the weight. Unless you are daisy then it is all about making a lot of noise and breaking stuff! celi

    • Jean Curtis December 11, 2011 / 7:13 pm

      aaah. Daisy is so very cute. 🙂

  2. Susan Lea December 10, 2011 / 9:10 pm

    And it’s always nice to have a dry place to keep your hay! I love old French farm buildings! Well, I love any old buildings, but old French farm buildings are some of my favorites. Our Pyr, Misty (short for Mistral) is 6 months and just got spayed. Legend looks much bigger!

    • Jean Curtis December 11, 2011 / 7:16 pm

      you have a Patou! aaah. We love our Patou. He’s very special.

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