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A City Boy Making His Way in the Country

A baby barn make-over begins.

The Orchard House baby barn needed a make-over! Sure he’s cute, and red, but unfortunately, he was built in the middle of a flood plain. All those years of stalking the Amish, with their beautiful jewel-colored shirts and delicious pies, were for naught. I thought I could trust them. I was duped into a false sense of security. They look so sweet. Like Smurfs. But some of them lie. And some of them build barns in the middle of flood plains.

Since January, our barn has flooded whenever it rains. Walking through mud a couple inches thick is no fun. And when you’re trying to have a lamb born or protect hooves from rot, mud is no fun. Water becomes your enemy. Something needed to be done. That’s why we’re building Big Barn. But Baby Barn couldn’t be forgotten. He’s a baby after all!

The ground has been raised. Gravel has been used. And “tile” has been placed. I’m still unclear about this “tile,” but I think it’s a long tube placed under ground with holes in it that allow water to be diverted to a specific area. Our “tile” goes to the new duck pond. And, like the ducks, I am in love with it! No more baby pools! No more gross standing water. Now there is a fountain. And it rained last night, nay, poured, and the ground was dry this morning. In two days my life has been made easier. Glory be to this “tile.”

All we need now is some landscaping. Which is difficult when you have alpacas in the pasture. There are a lot of poisonous plants out there! After some heavy blog reading, I think we’ll be going with some apple trees and weeping willows. Should be gorgeous – if they can be protected from the alpaca! It’s a mammal eat plant world out there – and no one is safe. And I shiverer thinking what will happen to the grass seed that will be spread tomorrow. The ducks should make quick work of it. Those gangsters!

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One Response to A baby barn make-over begins.

  1. Jacqueline says:

    I can’t wait to come back and see! Glad we got the boots while they were necessary. :)

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