Spring Cleaning on the Homestead

If you've been here long, you know that our goat barn burned down some time ago. My sweet 4-H girls and their parents came over the next weekend and helped us pile up the burned metal and debris. Other than giving a trailer-load of the flat-est metal to a friend, the junk sat there untouched for nearly 2 1/2 years.

The barn after the fire. We tore it all down and piled it in a corner of the yard.

Hubby and I have tried to find someone who would be willing to remove the metal in return for the recycling money, but we were unsuccessful until this past weekend. Four men arrived with four trucks and flatbed trailers early one morning.

They filled three of the trailers with barn metal, burned items, and metal junk. They found two snakes, a lot of scorpions, and several large rats while they worked.

The fourth trailer was filled with pieces of pipe and other metal items that we've been wanting removed for years. When we purchased our land here at Oak Hill, it had been abandoned for some time and was a wreck, to say the least. We've been cleaning it up ever since moving here, and had several piles we've been anxious to get rid of.

Now we need to pick up the burned wood and melted plastic junk from where the detritus of the barn had been piled and level out the ground with the tractor. I want to plant a tree where the goats are buried, perhaps a redbud. I will no longer be reminded of that awful day every time I walk out the door.

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