Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Barn Tour

OK, this isn't technically a barn, but it's our barn! It was originally designed as a commercial chicken barn in about 1963. It was used for that purpose for about 2 years, I think. It is one long building with four separate rooms in it.

This is the chicken coop. Here's Molly gathering eggs.

This is a picture taken form the other direction.

This is the room just outside the chicken coop. It contains feed and other odds and ends, and also has shelves to store canning jars. Lots of them. It will also soon contain lots of hay and a milking stand for me to milk the goats on.

This is the rabbitry. We have the fourth cage almost ready. It will hang with the other three and then we'll separate the girls. In a few months they'll have families!

This is the future goat barn. It has a door to the outdoors where they'll have a small amount of fenced in pasture. We'll add to it as we can, but omigosh that fencing is expensive!

This fall we're supposed to get electricity to the building. I sure pray that happens, because if not, it's really going to be difficult to do evening chores in the winter! We'll have to keep the kerosene lanterns handy! Let's all hope that doesn't have to happen!


  1. How nice that you have that good, big structure to use as a barn. If we had that on our property, I have a feeling we'd be back in milk goats pretty quickly!

  2. meemsnyc-
    Well, thank you! It's nice to see someone new has left a comment. It's so much fun to meet people through these blogs. I can't wait to take a look at your blogs. But for now, I need sleep!
    Mama Pea-
    I'm glad to hear that you think it's going to make a good goat barn. I sure do still have a lot to figure out yes as far as setting things set up for the goats is concerned!

  3. A barn, I'm jealous! Did you build it or was it existing on the property? I grew up with the standard "big red barn", boy we had a lot of fun playing in there when I was a kid! You are definitely set up for some goats, goat cheese, mmmmmm!

  4. Hey Erin, We didn't build it, but were glad to have it when we bought this property. This house was built by a family in 1947, and they built the barn (to use as a commercial chicken barn). They lived here until the early 90's, I think, then sold it to a man who wanted to turn it into a gas station. It has commercial zoning. When he found out he would have to pay for a turn lane, he changed his mind. We purchaded it from him in 2001.