Back Breaker

Too Much to Bear

Does this look familiar?  Seen other barns like this?  It seems like most every barn that I’ve seen of this roof design has a broken back.  Must be a design flaw, or perhaps a mis-application of the design in this climate, where heavy snows are common.  Maybe the loft is too big; i.e. a loft fully loaded with hay plus a heavy layer of snow on the roof is just too much for this structure.  I don’t know much about barn history (Geez, I’m just makin’ conversation … step in anytime and give me your thoughts.), but maybe this design came from a southern climate, and just wasn’t a good fit for the upper midwest.

This ole boy looks like he’s out lived his usefulness, put out to pasture so to speak.  His broken back is killing him, not only the pain of it all, but knowing that he’s no longer needed.  The farmhouse and other outbuildings are already gone, leaving him alone to weather the elements.

The grimace on his face tells it all:  lonely, empty, delapidated, beyond repair, and without any purpose.  Without any animals to shelter, no machinery to cover and no kids to play in the loft, the wrecking ball will be a welcome sight.

Thought for the Day:  I have never met a man so ignorant that I couldn’t learn something from him.   Galileo   (1564-1642)

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