Author Archives: Heather

Mysterious Cows Pies at Goebel Hill Farm

On our way to pick dahlias in the garden the other day we noticed cow pies near the corn… and over in the Christmas trees… and down by the pond! They were everywhere!  We have chickens on our farm, but no cows.  So my husband set up the trail camera down by the old Gravenstein apple tree. It seemed like a good place to catch a glimpse of the cow pie culprits.  Here’s what we found:

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Installing our Recycled Barn Floor!

Our barn in Granite Falls, Washington was built around 1924 and is on the Washington Historic Barn Register.  Because of this, we had the opportunity to acquire salvaged materials from another historic barn that was being demolished by the City of Tukwila We were offered the salvaged 2 x 12-inch old growth fir decking from the Ray-Carrossino Farmstead Barn located an hour South of us along the Duwamish River. 
Cody and Bear holding down the decking

Cody and Bear holding down the decking

The catch was….we had to move it fast!  So we hired Easy Hauling in Granite Falls and she met us with a big trailer at the Tukwila site next to the Duwamish River.  The truck driver gal, my husband and I loaded the salvaged 2 x 12-inch old growth fir barn floor decking onto the trailer and hauled it home. Some of the lumber is over 20 feet long and it… is … AWESOME.  
Dirt floor

Dirt floor

That was in the summer of 2015.  My husband and I stewed for a year about how to install this beautiful floor decking over the 450 square foot section of dirt inside our barn.  That dirt floor drove me crazy.  It was soooo…well.…DIRTY!  We finally came up with a plan and for the last three weeks we have been busy hauling gravel and installing the decking into our barn.

Packing the gravel

Newly poured curb

Newly poured curb

2 X 12 in fir

2×12 Fir Decking

The floor turned out perfect!  It’s beefy and rugged – you could drive on it!  It  means a lot to us to be able to offer a future to a little piece of history from the Carrossino Brother’s barn. We are thrilled to be able to reuse the beautiful old growth fir trees that the flooring is made from.  We love it!  How about you?
The Finished Floor