Earlier today I was watching an episode of Barnwood Builders and it got me thinking about Barns.
I have many barn memories, but one of my favorites is visiting the farm of my 4th Great-Grandfather Orsamus Braman in Rome, Wisconsin. A small barn that he built is still in use after all these years.
My earliest barn memories are of the barn on the Ellis farm near Ottumwa, Iowa. I remember going to the barn with John and helping him milk cows when I was just a little boy. I also remember their hay barn where we had a lot of fun building forts. Unfortunately their old barn burnt down many years ago, but the memories remain.
Barns are hard to maintain, and when they no longer have a day to day use they will often slowly deteriorate. This is what makes watching the Barnwood Builders show very interesting. They re-purpose old barns.
I am thinking of another memory from Iowa where I helped my dad salvage material from an old barn that was getting ready to be torn down.
It is also interesting to see old barns when I travel like this half-timber barn in Germany. I really like the interesting lines of the timbers. This is such a beautiful barn with the stone foundation and the brick in the lower level. The beautiful wooden doors also bring a nice splash of color into the picture.
Today it is nice that I have friends who have a very beautiful barn. I really enjoy visiting their orchard and seeing their barn. It brings back so many memories of growing up in farm country in Iowa and ranch country in Kansas.