Sunday, September 30, 2007

More of barns

My brother-in-law and my sister live on a farm in Saskatchewan which still has the original wooden windmill. The windmill was used to draw water from a well to provide water for the livestock on the early farms in Saskatchewan. Not many wooden windmills are still standing, so this is a rare sight. Unfortunately, like the wooden grain elevators they are being taken down never to be seen again.
The one-horse buggy is also a rare sight these days. I'm old enough to remember going to school in a buggy. This buggy is a fancier one than we had as it has a cover to protect the occupants from the rain.
The hip-roofed barn was a common structure for the early settlers. Hay could be stored on the second floor and easily dropped down as needed for feed.
The mixed farm provided the farm families with enough food to live on, and they could sell milk and grain to make a living. Of course, in keeping with the theme of this blog, the grain would be hauled to the local elevator for grading and shipping.

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