Jump to content

"Routine" ​ 😁 ​day in lockdown... how was yours?


Recommended Posts

So my day, we had booked a boat for four nights on the Thames. We did our helmsman course, mugged up on going thru locks, learned how to do knots. Worked out best riverside pubs to stop at each day and then with car all packed up, just about to leave we get a phone call from holiday company to say the Thames is at code red due to all the rain on last few days and environmental agency has barred all boats from using the Thames 🤔 holiday is canceled 

2020 wins again... 

 

Edited by sgmn
  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 10/4/2020 at 8:51 PM, fredflint said:

If it is a barn then it is all the better to have the crossbracing done to spread any load like a vehicle, have to admin have not seen that many barns that had a basement.

 

LOL, no basement but we have a fire zone room (vault) in the barn for paperwork storage. 
 

Since you seemed interested in the construction I though I’d share the story of the barn. It is a century barn, well over a 100 years old and orginal to the farm. The people who homestead here built it, and it last housed dairy cattle well over 50 years ago when they used to milk cattle by hand and the milk to the local creamery in canteens. 
 

Mom and dad purchased the farm in the early 70s. Dad was an architect and wanted to keep the history of the building, while giving it strength to last another hundred years. In the late 1980s Mennonites we know re-floored the hayloft and replaced the trusses.  The aged and original hand hewn beams, cross beam logs and milled floor planks were removed.  Aircraft cable kept the building secure and square. The original floor to ceiling posts were replaced with three 6.5” steel posts, set 4’ deep in cement.
 

At that time the entire floor was removed and replaced with new cement. The old electric service was replaced with breakers and conduit at the same time.  The aged hand hewn support beams were replaced with 10” and 20” steel I-beams.  They support the new 2X10 oak cross beams, and the 2X10 cross braces which were not easily visible in the first photos. The outer portions of the cross beams rest on the field stone walls which are 2’ thick.  In the hay loft we used to back loaded hay wagons, trucks and tractors in from the barn ramp, which is supported by 2x10s cross beams on 10” centres.  The rest of the barn trusses are on 20” centres.

 

I snapped some photos today of the hayloft where we left the original lumber, tree trusses, and roof planks. We added more wall support to the original to strengthen the building.  I wish we had photos of what the original lower barn looked like, but there were cattle tie outs, a few pig pens and wood feeding troughs. 
 

You can see the cut trees that were used as roof truss supports and the hand hewn beams. 
 

998C1E99-6FA5-4845-8DB7-2C21A1859673.thumb.jpeg.e7f02b09af755de68908bc4bfcebc354.jpeg


 

The wood beam track for the hay trolley is found at the top of the ceiling and runs the length of the barn.  We still have the trolley and the rope. The arrow points to the trolley. 

 

DA59AEA6-B227-4D0C-AA89-DE1E952D304B.thumb.jpeg.0e6e74cbc31f467352c52d54b985219c.jpeg

 

 

They used horses and pulleys to move and raise the hay/straw long before bale elevators. 
 

FE706E09-9309-45B5-B6B7-A93BE78BA8A1.jpeg.e99955e2f64aac9abf31003928e59422.jpeg

 

 

20 years ago we replaced the roof with new steel, replaced the lightning cable, and re-planked the outside walls and added drip edge to protect the stone walls.  Every few years we repoint the stone walls, when we do the house and garage. The freeze thaw cycle is rough with the Canadian Winters. 
 

This is the ramp the horses used to walk down decades ago to load the hay. It isn’t the same as first build but will last my lifetime and then some. 
 

BDB6904A-2124-433E-9178-37B8A144AA0D.thumb.jpeg.c128069f78b9a155e7b31f890d91d37b.jpeg

 


 

Edited by A&L_Ont
  • Like 10
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Beautiful colors, singinalot!  With the exception of one tree in our yard, all of the other trees are still all green;  and we have a lot of trees not only in our back and side yard, but also in the woods behind our property.  We're heading to Ct. in two weeks, I expect to see a lot of Fall foliage there!🍁🍁

Link to comment
Share on other sites

We're heading to a farm today after school, with 2 of our grandsons for a hay ride, corn cob shooting, etc.  DH and I have never been there, but our grandchildren have been going there for several years now.  It is absolutely beautiful here today, sunny and going up to 68 degrees this afternoon.

 

 

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

On 10/5/2020 at 9:17 PM, reallyitsmema said:

Gorgeous barn!  My guess of at least 2 X 10's was right on.  Your Dad did a great job of restoring it and saving it for the future.  I still want whoever did that stonework to fix my wall!  😄 


The mason is a Scotsman named Alexander, but goes by Sandy. He did my moms house, garage and the barn work.  My house also has a field stone lower accent wall with brick above, to which he did.
 

Sandy is probably in his early 70s and doesn’t look any different than to when I was a kid. His accent is just as thick as the mortar.  Our local community it’s is nicknamed the Stone Town, and he has gone a lot of work within the community.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

5 minutes ago, A&L_Ont said:


The mason is a Scotsman named Alexander, but goes by Sandy. He did my moms house, garage and the barn work.  My house also has a field stone lower accent wall with brick above, to which he did.
 

Sandy is probably in his early 70s and doesn’t look any different than to when I was a kid. His accent is just as thick as the mortar.  Our local community it’s is nicknamed the Stone Town, and he has gone a lot of work within the community.

 

We have a stone retaining wall with a stairwell in it to our backyard that the corner has shifted and will likely fall into our driveway this winter, if it is not fixed.  I have had three masons come out for estimates.  First guy we liked, he was supposed to call next week with estimate and never did, even though I spoke to him twice since, will send it tomorrow 🙄 Second guy sent estimate for a different job lol talked about removing timbers and clearing brush????  Last guy was recommended by the contractor who does work for us.  Estimate came when he said and we signed contract in July.  Four to six weeks to start project has turned into three months.  Hoping it gets done before it gets too cold.  We had our first freeze warning last night.

 

Sandy sounds like the guy I need!  Too bad the border is closed. 🙂 

  • Like 1
Link to comment
Share on other sites

16 hours ago, A&L_Ont said:

The mason is a Scotsman named Alexander, but goes by Sandy.

 

Must be a Scottish thing.  My father's first and middle names were Neil Alexander, but he also went by Sandy.  I thought it was due to his hair color.  We're of Scottish descent.  Hopefully some of our Scottish friends here can comment.

  • Like 2
Link to comment
Share on other sites

3 hours ago, bobmacliberty said:

 

Must be a Scottish thing.  My father's first and middle names were Neil Alexander, but he also went by Sandy.  I thought it was due to his hair color.  We're of Scottish descent.  Hopefully some of our Scottish friends here can comment.


I think you are right on the name. I thought it was his actual name until I booked a flight for him to do work on our place in Western Canada. I never knew him by another name for the 35 plus years of knowing him. 

Link to comment
Share on other sites

This afternoon we are celebrating a small birthday party here for our nephew.  We are swimming for the last dip of the season with the pool set at 83.  After we celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving.  Food porn later.  

Lisa was busy preparing.  Popcorn?

 

27A6A6DD-B0C8-49A6-AEC2-9E58E9D5C89A.thumb.jpeg.2f63e432e0c10ba77d566de7e8703118.jpeg


 

Cupcakes?

 

F33F45AB-78A5-456A-AC57-EBB900AC2F75.thumb.jpeg.94933ed4d6173bee47846cb3d6a84191.jpeg


 

 

Not everything is as they appear. We have cupcakes topped with marshmallows.

 

4DB52CFC-5D44-4AA2-8609-6152069B15D1.thumb.jpeg.59f8ae65cc5e2bd7dd17d6d3f2621505.jpeg
 

 

 

  • Like 4
Link to comment
Share on other sites

23 minutes ago, A&L_Ont said:

This afternoon we are celebrating a small birthday party here for our nephew.  We are swimming for the last dip of the season with the pool set at 83.  After we celebrate Canadian Thanksgiving.  Food porn later.  

Lisa was busy preparing.  Popcorn?

 

27A6A6DD-B0C8-49A6-AEC2-9E58E9D5C89A.thumb.jpeg.2f63e432e0c10ba77d566de7e8703118.jpeg


 

Cupcakes?

 

F33F45AB-78A5-456A-AC57-EBB900AC2F75.thumb.jpeg.94933ed4d6173bee47846cb3d6a84191.jpeg


 

 

Not everything is as they appear. We have cupcakes topped with marshmallows.

 

4DB52CFC-5D44-4AA2-8609-6152069B15D1.thumb.jpeg.59f8ae65cc5e2bd7dd17d6d3f2621505.jpeg
 

 

 

That is beautiful!    Nice job!

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Sharon’s. 20lb bird, 5lbs potatoes, turnip, peas, fresh rolls, stuffing and gravy. Pies to be consumed as well. Fresh whipped cream to be applied to pumpkin and there are NO raisins.  Cupcakes as well. 
 

So full. 
 

D3954CF6-777B-4E0D-B19E-45F3EC76D416.thumb.jpeg.e714521f16a2f2aa44f9dd146aa14f78.jpeg

 

Edited by A&L_Ont
  • Like 6
Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • Forum Assistance
      • ANNOUNCEMENT: AmaWaterways Announces an Extended Season on the Douro River
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • Canadian Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...