Harmony Barn Renovation
Water loves to flow. It flows through river beds (when there is water!). It flows through drainage ditches and irrigation pipes. It flows over structures when it rains and best of all it flows into aquifers supplying those above ground with much needed water. On a recent trip to Mexico, I had the wonderful opportunity to sit on a beach and watch the water crash on the shore and flow through the rocks. I could sit and watch this for hours. It is so full of power and beauty. It’s mesmerizing. I am kind of glad that I don’t live next to such an unending distraction. I don’t think I would get anything done. The mountains are bad enough with their ever changing weather and beguiling views.
Back at home, a river is running through it. A river of rock that is. Ground crews have been hard at work creating a system that allows water to flow down the slope and be diverted around the Harmony barn, instead of into it, like it has in the past. A diversion ditch was built which has now been covered in rock creating our rock river. I like rocks. Especially in a dry climate. Landscaping with rock still requires work as dirt settles between the crevices giving weeds a cozy place to take root. Once someone posted a question on Facebook. “What is something you own a lot of?” I’m sure there were answers such as shoes, hats, pennies, that sort of thing. I responded with “rocks.” When we had our xeriscape landscaping done at our house, over 30 tons of rocks were ordered. That’s alotta rocks! Now we have even more with the barn landscaping. We still are keeping much of the natural grass meadows (former pasture), but rocks are definitely helping the water to flow where we want it to go – when there is water of course.
In January 2020, my husband and I bought a barn on 10 acres adjacent to our home property near Mancos, Colorado, and asked ourselves, "What do we do with it now? Since then we have renovated the top floor into a vacation rental and are in the process of renovating the bottom/main part of the barn into a gathering space. Join us on our journey!