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Saturday, October 14, 2017


The old silos are no longer used on farms in our area - the NW corner of Washington State. They still stand - some in better condition than others - but still standing.
 A wooden silo with iron bands to make it secure and a metal roof.  The barn is fading fast.
 This silo is covered in ivy.  The barn is now being refurbished - slowly - by the new owners.
 The side of the barn used to be covered completely in ivy also.
 An old barn, an old silo and a RainBird sprinkler in the hay field.
 The barn behind the smaller metal silos has almost completely collapsed.
 The entire farm has been badly neglected - though it is still being farmed, they take no pride in their property.
 Another old barn, with the nearby lawn mowed, old hay still in the barn and the old silo standing guard behind the hedge.
And an old cement silo with modern, large bales of hay standing in front, a red wagon left beside the hay.


Powell River Books said...

Why don't they use silos any more? How do they store grain on dairies these days, or do they only feed hay products? - Margy

Kay said...

A nice selection of barns to look at. That ivy looks like it has plans to conquer an empire! Neighbors allowed ivy to grow over their septic mounds and have lived to regret it (it clogged up the whole system and it was very difficult to remove and repair the system).

(We haven't had measurable rain for a week or more. I'm not sure what direction yours has come from. We're often shielded from the west by the Olympics.)

eileeninmd said...

Hello, love the barn and silos. The ivy covered silo is cool. The 4th photo is my favorite, I also see the pretty mountains in the background. Happy Sunday, enjoy your day and the new week ahead!

Tom said...

...JoAnn, I also enjoy silos, a relic of the past here too. About the only ones who use silos are small Amish farmers. Thanks so much for being here thus week, please stop again.

VioletSky said...

I cannot imagine living - and working - with so much dereliction all around. The ivy surrounding the silo looks almost otherworldly, and I bet will be quite a job to remove!

Debra She Who Seeks said...

So much valuable barn board in those old barns!

Alycia~Quiltygirl said...

Those are amazing barns - and all the wood adds such character

A Colorful World said...

Beautiful old barns! That ivy silo was quite interesting!

Rajesh said...

Fantastic shots of old barns.

The Furry Gnome said...

A fair number of old unused silos around here too.

Julie Fukuda said...

When farms kept grain in silos to feed their own cattle, they were kept in better condition. I wonder if many of those farms are now selling off their feed. I remember riding in the hopper of a columbine to keep the grain from piling over the top. I wonder how many kids do those jobs today.