Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Sheds

When we first moved to our place there were a lot of old and decrepit sheds.  I wish they had all been salvageable.  Unfortunately, wood boring bees and the elements had done a number on them, and over the years we tore down one single shed, a triple shed, and an open barn type shed (which we tried to repair and maintain for a number of years before finally giving up).  I was sad to see them all go.  Now, we have the little partition shed which used to be off the barn shed that is next to my garden (and is also in dire shape) plus a breezy shed by the house.  I took a picture from the inside of this shed the other day.
I love the old rustic Appalachian sheds, despite their age and despondency.  Paul wants to tear this one down and build my root cellar on the spot.  I really want a root cellar, but I would miss the old shed if we tore it down.  The floor is completely rotted and half the roof has blown off, so it isn't exactly salvageable.  I don't even know what it was used for (Paul thinks it was a smoke shed; I don't see any signs of that myself) but someone many years ago spent time and sweat putting it together, and it seems sad to lose that history. 

One of these days I'll have to scan in pictures of the old sheds and the old homestead to share.  Though they no longer are standing, they are still burned in my memory.

Any other sentimental fools out there today? 

23 comments:

Vicki said...

Not at all foolish. I was in tears the day I found out the one room schoolhouse where my Dad got his education had burned to the ground. Buildings have meaning and memories for us, even if they are old schoolhouses or worn out sheds.

Out on the prairie said...

A valuable asset to many. We are recycling wood within one barn to make it more usable for us. Some of those huge timbers weigh a ton to try and move.Have all the sheep in there now to use for their birthing area.

Steve Surratt said...

Hum, an signs of copper tubing or big vats? My grandfather's shed in Sylvatus held a still.

TexWisGirl said...

awww. i understand the draw.

Lynn said...

a corner with your photos of these buildings would nice...this is a sweet photo!

Crystal Collier said...

I totally understand. I get sentimental about things like that too.

Sharon Wagner said...

My dad's old farm was an old shed wonderland. I still feel sad that i wasn't able to salvage more barn boards.

PioneerPreppy said...

Old barn and shed repair is probably my largest single maintenance time consumer around here. I did have to tear down the old chicken coop years ago but the have managed to save most. The barn takes the most time and energy though.

alissa apel said...

I love old things. I hate when old structures have to be torn down to.

There's been a lot of talk in the Omaha area about our downtown buildings demolished for more parking garages. People are fed up. It's not like your sheds, where they NEED to come down. The buildings do need work.

Tina Fariss Barbour said...

I'm sentimental too. Too bad the one near the garden can't be salvaged--you could put garden tools there. But some things are beyond repair. Can Paul use the wood for something else? That's one way to "hold on" to the past.

Sally said...

Me - sentimental.

But, as time goes by I know there are things
that will be left no one will care about. I
won't care by then either. LOL

JP A Quiet Corner said...

It would missed but a root cellar is the way to go, baby Girl!...:)JP

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Yes, I understand, but so much better to be safe and take them down!

Linda said...

The old wood has wonderful texture. Preserve it with your photos and then let it go.

Bas van Es said...

geweldig mooi

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Oh I WISH we had an old shed on our property. I love their character. but I also appreciate the risk involved with them.

Michael Manning said...

I'm not familiar all that much with root cellars.But I assume that Paul probably did his assessment on replacing beams to restore strength to the floor and ceiling and the structures were just too far gone. I'd take photos and measurements before you guys level it, just in case you need a "Plan B" for a new shed. Otherwise, not foolish at all.

Lin said...

I would like to see the photos! I'd miss the old sheds too. New stuff is nice to have, but they don't have the character the old places have.

Tweedles -- that's me said...

Its sad to see things get old,,,and broken,,,and the life all gone ..
I understand
love
tweedles

mail4rosey said...

I remember a blogger who used to go around and take pictures of old barns. She hated to see the old buildings go too.

Jennifer A. Jilks said...

Isn't it lovely?!

Annette said...

It's sounds like your property has so much character...between the abandoned bus and the sheds. Good luck with your decision about the old shed; it's always hard to lose a part of history. What do your boys have to say about it? Old buildings do have a sense of charm about them.

Anne Payne said...

Oh yes! I love the old sheds and barns too. My husband says we need to tear down the ones on our property before the fall down, but he hasn't done it in 17 years! Maybe he is more sentimental than I thought. ;)