The new barns built around here in the past few years represent the opposite end of the spectrum from the old dilapidated barns I posted pictures of yesterday. So just to keep things in balance, here are some recent signs of investment on farms.
These are the barns at Hope Haven Farm, the terapeutic riding centre near our former home. If these buildings aren't new they are certainly well maintained, and the riding arena, the red roof of which you can see on the right, is quite new.
This is a small but brand new barn built not far away.
And this is a big new barn addition on a cattle farm. They've retained the older barn behind it.
The lighting is poor on this one, but it's a very nice new barn on a farm that sells meats locally.
Sometimes the new investment is a drive shed, which makes me think that they're getting into cash cropping and have a lot of equipment to store.
This is a huge new drive shed built a few miles to the south.
And sometimes fabric barns are increasingly popular, this one used as a riding arena I believe.
Others are used for hay storage. So there is some balance among farm buildings, new investment balancing the old barns that fall down or are dismantled. But the story is more complicated than this; I'll share some more examples tomorrow.