Wednesday, July 9, 2008

A Labor of Love

For those of you who know me personally, you know I have been begging, pleading, and begging and pleading for my husband to finish our pole barn and put up fencing on our small 4-acre piece of heaven (for years.). This has been a work in progress for the past 5 years and finally we are beginning to see the light near the end of the tunnel.

Here is the original pole barn:

The gentleman we bought our house from was...a pack-rat of sorts. This is actually the cleaned up version of the pole barn. When we bought this place, you couldn't walk around the barn for all of the "stuff." My hubby hauled off trailer-load after trailer-load of junk to get to this point.

Yes, this pole barn was built around a utility trailer. I posted the trailer in a local bulletin board and advertised,"Free to good home. You can have it if you can haul it." You wouldn't believe the people that came out of the woodwork to get this trailer. A man with a wrecker service ended up hauling it away on a huge wrecker. I couldn't have been happier to see it go!

Empty pole barn...yes, the antique car had to be moved, unfortunately....but now we have a "clean slate" to work with.

Next...concrete! This was poured in September 2007.

Yep, those are horseshoes in the aisle.

The horseshoes belong to my horses of the past: Buck, Hamlet, and Ollie. One of Maggie's is placed there, too.

Studs going in for walls - the end of October 2007. This side will eventually be the feed and tack rooms. The extra concrete to the right will be an overhang. Possibly where the antique car will go...

The dirt is where the two stalls will go. They should end up being approximately 14 x 14. I wanted big stalls since I will have to keep the ponies up during the day. Filly is prone to sweet itch (please let me know if you have any remedies) and Tonto looks pregnant because he holds his weight so well...

Below is another shot looking down the aisle. Feed and tack to the left and stalls to the right; middle aisle I have always dreamed of.

Now to the property itself: These are original views, before we cleared some of the trees and brought in over 4 tons of fill-dirt and topsoil to fill in ruts, holes, and to plant grass.

Below: Hubby spreading topsoil. This was definitely a "labor of love." He spent 2 entire days (his entire July 4th weekend) on this bobcat spreading and smoothing the topsoil so we could seed this area.

And this is my wonderful, non-horsey husband spreading straw on the newly planted grass seed.

Below are two of our three adorable kids helping to spread the topsoil:

Oops! Nothin' like eating a little dirt!

As you can see, this has been a LONG, SLOW process, and quite the labor of love on my husband's part. We still have a long way to go as far as getting the fencing up and the barn complete, but I can now see the light at the end of the tunnel (or end of the barn aisle, if you will...). Currently, my three horses reside 30 minutes away with my parents in my old home town of Pike Road. It will be a dream come true to one day be able to walk out of my back door and see my horses grazing peacefully once again (as I did in those days long gone...)

Thank you Hubby, for all you have done and continue to do.
I'll be sure to keep the rest of you updated on the barn progress!


Pony Girl said...

Thanks for sharing these photos, that was some work in progress, for sure! I am excited to see the final product, you will have to share i, too! My sister really enjoys having her horses (and mine, LOL!) in her backyard, I know you will love it.
I think my parent's used to have an antique car like that when I was a kiddo! What make is it?

fssunnysd said...

Wow - you really found a diamond in the rough! What great progress, and how great it will be to see happily grazing horses out the window when you're done!

Gotta love those long-suffering non-horsey people that put up with all our horse-related foibles, too, LOL -- where would we be without them!

BaxtersMum said...

ha ha ha
gold star to the hubby.

But we both know that getting to play Tonka Truck with that bob cat and dirt was a secret childhood dream.

Brian said...

Your worth every pain I have in my body! love ya

buckpony said...

Pony Girl, in case you check back, the make of the car is a 1970 Chevelle. It belongs to my Father-in-law and my husabnd is hoping to restore it one day...Currently, it is full of snakeskins. The funny thing is, when ever we hire people to work on our property, they always want to know if it is for sale. I think they are worth some money these days.