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An Ever-Shrinking World

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Those lazy days of summer simply don’t exist for us.  Our world becomes increasingly smaller as summer progresses.  The days begin with a rush of chores — refilling hay nets, rotating fencing, refilling waterers, collecting eggs, and milking goats.  In these months, it’s not hard to imagine our life once Josh retires from the military and farming becomes a full-time venture.  Care to take a glimpse of the various goings-on?

We recently acquired a horse (Trust that there will be a post dedicated to the horse soon.) which only intensified our need for a barn/shed.  In the past, we used the guinea house for a goat shed but quarters were cramped and kidding (goat birthing) became quite an ordeal since the goats don’t hold off labor until there’s a vacancy in the guinea house.  So, we knocked down the guinea house and began barn construction.

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The plans were fairly basic.  We needed a two-stall structure with roomy stalls for our growing goat herd to be able to lounge comfortably and to provide a separate space for our does to give birth.  Once they give birth, they need at least a week of stall-keeping to bond with their babies without juggling herd dynamics.  We decided that the barn needed to easily translate to horse-keeping since we 1.) now own a horse and 2.) must eventually sell this place.

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We planned for 12′ x 12′ stalls, a nice 6′ x 24′ covered area, and a roomy loft for hay storage.  Josh sunk the posts and the barn began to take shape.  Slowly.  Okay… painfully slowly because we live in Georgia.  May I tell you the main reason that you don’t see barn building this time of year in Georgia?  Get ready:

  • It’s hot.  Really hot.  As in so intensely hot and humid that your body panics because no matter how much sweat it produces… it just can’t seem to cool down.
  • The soil here is like concrete.  Not wet concrete but more like sun-baked concrete.
  • The bugs here flew directly out of the Jurassic period, grew massive stingers, and became blood-thirsty mentally unstable murderous winged creatures of unusual size.
  • There is no wind.  None.  The air sits as a thick heavy blanket of suffocating stagnant heat in which the only air currents are those stirred by angry swarming yellow jackets.  (By the way, if you don’t have yellow jackets in your country, please email me so I can move there because I just used my last Epi-Pen yesterday.)
So, back to barn construction.  In Georgia.  In summer.I’ll post more pictures tomorrow (or maybe the day after…) and you can see how much we’ve accomplished. Not to brag, but we’ve built a might fine shedrow-style barn without any outside help. While the days are long and certainly miserable, nothing compares to standing next to your spouse and looking at the barn that the two of you constructed together.
To be continued….
  • Laura - You know I love you dearly, but from the beginning I though y’all had to be a bit crazy to start the barn in summer. You never get used to the heat here (and I don’t know anything else). Barn looks great so far.ReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Hi there,
    You are so lucky to have your horse. How on earth are you going to move all your animals when you move. Oh I know the usual way I guess but by the time that happens you are going to need big trucks for transportation. Love it, love it. Sure is great to see things are happening. Take care you guys and have a happy summer…..love alwaysReplyCancel

  • Rosa - I can imagine that there’s a lot of work when you have a farm… Your goat is soooo cute and your horse is beautiful!

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  • Andrew Odom - I know this Georgia of which you speak. hahahh. I know it well. We have been project-heavy this summer too and for what reason other than sheer masochism? I don’t know. But, you get done what you get done and I can’t wait to see more pics. Congratulations to y’all for sticking it out and for not losing so much blood to the skeeters that you simply passed out next to a pile of unused, bent from clay, lumber.ReplyCancel

  • Kristine - Busy days for you, my friend! Now you know why we have always been labeled the “slow moving South”. It is too dang hot to move fast….even to talk fast. Kudos for getting so much done despite the fierce obstacles!ReplyCancel

  • warren - Ugh…GA in the summer is bad. There is bound to be a mountain top in WV with your name on it. We do have yellow jackets but they can’t stand very well on the steep slopes…ReplyCancel

  • Julie at Elisharose - I can’t wait to see the finished product. Summer in Georgia sounds a lot like summer in Texas. Hang in there. It will end by…October!

    When does Josh retire from the military?ReplyCancel

  • Thy Hand - Wow- how exciting! The heat is not so exciting. I’m sorry about that. When it’s all finished, you’ll be glad you pushed through the heat and got it up. Nice work:-).ReplyCancel

  • Linda Sue - Barns are wonderfu things – our goats have a large(ish) 3 sided shelter and a small sort of tool shed sized in the pen where I shut in does and kids. Some of our goats resent being penned with babies and do just fine on their own in the herd. The longest I pen is about 3 days – then the kids are able to get around pretty well and mama isn’t stir crazy! But you are milking right? So it no doubt is different. Construction of anything but a BLT in the south in the summer is called self inflicted punishment! Our neighbor decided to put on a metal barn roof last weekend – those men even smelled like partially cooked meat! LOLReplyCancel

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  • Steve - It was 101 degrees here today. We pulled weeds until 10:00 am then escaped from the heat by drinking sweet tea in the shade. Let’s hope for some cool weather to speed up your barn building project. Your horse looks great! Will the chickens now be second fiddle?

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    Enjoy the video. Stay out of the heat. More chickens please.ReplyCancel

  • Kath - Thats going to be a cozy barn!! Hope you get a cold spell so you can get it finished!!ReplyCancel

  • Teresa - I just found your blog today, and it really resonates with what I’m doing in my life. I too, am looking at trying to build bigger quarters for my expanding goat herd. I’m glad I found you, and I will be back.ReplyCancel

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  • Dawn - That’s a lot of building. We need to build a shelter for the horse and donkey before winter, but I think it will be something simple, but more sturdy than the tarps they had last year.ReplyCancel

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