Especially at the request of Kristeva from Howling Duck Ranch –
& rather apologetically because I don’t have anything particularly exciting to write about, today – here are some pictures of the Long Barn, where we’d originally intended to set up our Process Rooms. So, whilst the initial idea was very appealing, the cost of renovation to the required standard is simply beyond us at present. However all is not lost….one day, we hope to house our own little gelateria & cafe therein. But that’s many years down the line, yet – we must learn to walk before breaking into a bit of a trot, after all!
As you can see the barn has two storeys – & on the upper floor, there’s a bit of a conundrum….an old horse-drawn wagon (minus wheels). I say conundrum, as it’s a bit of a ship in a bottle: the upper floor is reached via an external set of old flagstone steps – through a standard stable-type door, wide enough for a horse but certainly not a cart! I gather that at one time it’d probably have been hoisted up & from the rafters; but as they’re in a bit of a state these days because the roof really needs replacing, I’m glad it’s been taken down. Incidentally the small extension to the front of the barn used to house the old bulk milk tank as this used to be a dairy farm – albeit for a modest herd of cows, not a herd of nutty goats!
This picture shows the Long Barn, viewed from the west in the setting sun one evening. The building in the foreground is part of our traditional pair of stone pigsties, which are works of down-to-earth art in their own right. Meanwhile as we’re looking at it, the door to the left of the barn belongs to the lower third where there are two indoor pony stables (which for now will house our two Stud Male goats when they’re not working – which is most of the year, lucky things).
From the black door to the red door on the right are the old cattle byres, where the farmer whose family originally tended the land here for several generations & whom himself was born here, used to milk his cows until the law became so restrictive & costly that he had to give up. Indeed, in some of the old stalls there still hang the cows’ old rope halters, a poignant reminder of how things used to be here. We currently use this part of the barn to store firewood – but have interim aspirations for more goat housing; & longer-term, for that gelateria…
….because with a view like this, I’m sure people would be tempted to linger awhile; so perhaps it’s just as well we couldn’t convert the Long Barn for working purposes after all – I’d have never get anything done for all that daydreaming out of the window!