All About Building A Barn

Barn Building

Selections from writing workshop project by:  DGG Jessie
With photos, translations and [observations] by:  DGG Shelley
Construction and planning by:  GG Mark
With assistance from:  Charlie, Jess, Max, Robb, Damion, Chris, & Shelley

Contents pg. 1

1.  Get Help.
2.  Get Your Supplies.
3.  Plan Where You’re Going to Put It.
4.   Get Some Wood.

Contents pg. 2

5.  Get Someone to Give You Wood.
6.  Get Someone to Measure It.
7.  Get Someone to Help Put Up the Walls.
8.  Make Sure the Walls are Straight
Page 17 is a Diagram

Getting Help

First you get some help and the people will help you.  It is hard.  You need wood to build a barn.  [Charlie and I helped Daddy almost every day.]


Talk while Working

When you are done with that you get your supplies and you can start building and you can talk while you are working.

Platform and Wlls

Get a platform so you can walk on it.


When that is done you get a big piece of wood for a wall.


[And you get Mom to help raise the wall.  Daddy hopes that Mom is strong enough to help lift it into place.  (She was but just barely.)  Mostly, and this is really important, make sure that the weather won’t be so windy it will knock the walls down.  After a particularly hefty windstorm, Mommy and Daddy were sad to come home from work and find the walls flat on the ground.]


Get someone to measure it and so you can make it.

Mark measuring


Walls Up

Then get someone to help put it up and make it nice.  [Many, many thanks to Robb, Damion and Chris, the crew from EMU, who helped put the trusses in place.  After that, we didn’t have to worry about the wind.]

EMU work crew

Eastern Crew

EMU work crew 2

Make sure the walls are straight and not crooked.

Straight Walls


Get some nails so you can put the walls up.
Get 2 big pieces of wood so you can put your roof on.

Charlie Roof

Charlie in Trusses

Mark and Charlie on roof

Max and Charlie on Roof

[Make sure you don’t smush your brother while putting the roof in place.]

Smushed Charlie

Charlie Working

[Make sure you wear a safety harness when you are on the roof.]

Mark and Max on Roof

[You can take breaks when you are tired…

Max on Roof

…and serve tea to the builders in very tiny cups so they are not too full to go back to work.]

Jess serves tea

Trim Work

Get some wood so you can work on the barn and you can make a barn.  It is fun to do.

Jess with wood

Paint and Supplies

Get some paint so you can paint your barn.

Jess Painting

Rabbit Moon Farm

Then get some supplies so you can build.

Jess and supplies


Get some wood and you can build.
Get a door to put it on the barn.



Diagram – Hay [in loft], roof, Windows, Door

Barn Done


[And that is how you build a barn.]

Jess All Done


Got Goats? We Do! (or DGG…Divine Goat Girls)

Jess Pointing at Oberhasli's

Dannon and Marigold are home.  And, on a side note to the DGGs, it just happens to coincide with DGG Jessie’s first pointing picture.  I have to tell you, she pointed of her own free-will with no prompting from me.  Notice the casual, relaxed manner of the point…very DGG.  I’m so proud.

Ah, but you are here for the goats!  Well, we brought them home on Friday night.  No riding on the roof of the car (a la Romney style) for these girls.  Oh no, they rode in DGG style inside the van in dog crates.  However, they were very sad to leave their herd mates and bleated most of the way home.  An hour and a half of sad goat song is something everyone should experience.  Like a good ol’ country song, it made my heart bleat.

So we think they’re adjusting well.  They’ve grown a bit since we last saw them and we’re enjoying getting to know their personalities.

Oberhasli goat

I expected Dannon to be the dominant girl but it appears Marigold is the boss.  She butts Dannon away from the hay so she can get first choice.

Oberhasli Feed Sack

Dannon is very affectionate and loves to be petted.

Oberhasli DoeDannon & Jess

Marigold is also very affectionate and wants her fair share of the attention.  Both true DGGs.

Mari & Jess

GG Mark and Jess have been spoiling them with attention.  See why I married this guy???

Goats with Family

In fact, these girls are getting so spoiled they bleat at the fence anytime we go in the house.

Oberhasli's at fence

I’ll share more pictures soon.  Mark did a fabulous job on the barn.  Mostly by himself but we all pitched in here and there.

We’re learning a little goat song in the morning is a very sweet sound.

Jess in the Barn door