Old milking place.....new house by happypat

Old milking place.....new house

This is what I see through the window when I’m up in our top bedroom.
This red bricked building was where we used to milk our 120 cows. There was another much larger building arttached to it on the right hand side of it where the cows used to sleep & spend practically six months of the year inside during the winter months. They each had a bed with a rubber mat to lie on, we used to put shavings down to keep them dry as they lay down. They could move about freely up & down & round to the central feeding passage where we used a tractor to feed silage. They could feed either side of this massive trough & they even had a brush on a frame so they could scratch their backs.
When it was milking time we used to let them through a gate into the part where he is doing the roof bit & this near end was the herringbone milking parlour.

As you can imagine having the cows inside while the weather was cold & wet was very time consuming so we were always glad when Spring came & they literally ran outside! We always had silage in the feed trough all year round & even in the summer they were always back inside for morning milking!
It seems strange to see this being converted into a house. One man is doing all the work & is making a great job of it!
We actually wanted to buy this barn ourselves when it came on the market last November but the timing wasn’t just right & it sold immediately.

Three good things:
1. Back at the cinema with my friend Dot, we saw The Favourite. It was different but I wouldn’t recommend it!
2. A new light in our kitchen to replace my lovely old rise & fall light. We moved the table so it wasn’t in the right place & we were banging our heads! Not sure I like this one, it’s very bright & will take a bit of getting used to. The jury is out still!
3. Fire extinguishers serviced!
Lots of memories. It will be interesting for you to see inside the house when it’s finished.
January 8th, 2019  
i used to love it when the cows go out in the spring. they run up and down with such joy to be out. big big job for one man. but it will be lovely
January 8th, 2019  
A lot to see , but cool memories for you
January 8th, 2019  
120 cows is a lot of work. When I worked in the police I had a favourite tea stop which was at a farm. I always got a good cup of coffee and could get the milk straight from the cow...lovely.
January 8th, 2019  
It will be interesting to see it finished. I enjoyed reading your narrative. My daughter in law's family have a dairy farm.
January 8th, 2019  
bep
Brings back a lot of memories.
January 8th, 2019  
Great memories for you
January 8th, 2019  
A lots of happy memories and a life that was not always easy Pat , but I am sure you would never had it any other way !
January 8th, 2019  
@susiemc It will indeed Sue, I will have house envy....minimalistic house envy!!
January 8th, 2019  
@brennieb Oh so do I miss that too Brenda, a fabulous sight! So happy with their legs in the air jumping & skipping!
January 8th, 2019  
@Dawn Yes but we never minded the work....hard work & we never made any money....all in & all out, that’s why so many dairy farmers have given up.
January 8th, 2019  
@huvesaker Ha ha yes farms are always good places for tea & cake!
January 8th, 2019  
@mave Hope dairy farming is better these days...quotas were our downfall, always having to buy more then worthless at the end! I miss it though.
January 8th, 2019  
@gijsje Oh it does Bep but never far away as we still live in the same house.
January 8th, 2019  
@carolmw yes lots Carol, love the farming community.
January 8th, 2019  
@beryl You’re right Beryl, it was a great life, close community, healthy active life & working as a family was good. I miss the cows, never minded the work but we worked seven days a week 365 days a year but always pent all that came in....massive electric bills provender bills, vet bills, it’s an expensive business. So many family farms have given up sadly.
January 8th, 2019  
Your cows were well looked after thanks to all your hard work! This would be a solid building and require a huge amount of internal renovation!
January 8th, 2019  
@maggiemae Yes you’re right maggie,,,I think perhaps too big a job for us on hindsight.
January 8th, 2019  
Beautiful scene
January 8th, 2019  
Loved your narrative, Pat. My, what good memories. Could you possibly get an electrician to rewire your kitchen to accommodate your favorite light over the table?
January 9th, 2019  
Sounds like you had a very busy life but from the sound of it you still keep pretty busy
January 9th, 2019  
I was afraid you shot this from a roof! Sounds like you miss farming a bit
January 9th, 2019  
Sounds like it was hard work and filled with great memories!
January 9th, 2019  
@louannwarren Yes we did think of that Lou Ann but it was only me that was keen on the light. As it was a rise & fall light it had a very open shade & it did glare a bit sometimes as you could see the bulb. Getting used to this one a bit, jury still out! It is much brighter in the kitchen but I am a low light person.....lots of lamps & I do not like overhead lights one bit!
January 9th, 2019  
It sounds as though you were very thoughtful with your cows they were very well looked after.
January 9th, 2019  
Fascinating insight into your home and your life! Lovely green fields all round and that chap is doing a great job, isn't he?!
January 9th, 2019  
Lovely to hear the history of your farm buildings. It must be strange to think that it will soon be a dwelling for humans!
January 9th, 2019  
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