MY LIFE IN “THE BARN”
yes everyone, the people here in westford affectionately call my living space “the barn”. granted, it is a barn, but it’s a really nice one with a loft and a two bedroom apartment in it!
i felt like, now that i’ve been here a few weeks and am finally getting situated, i should give you a brief tour around my new home.
first things first, the barn is on a parcel of land owned by the harde’s with their main house close to the road and our barn out back. they’re super generous church members who have volunteered this space for miriam and me to live in for the next 11 months, rent free and utility free. they’re seriously such lifesavers!!
so out front is the main house where the harde’s live and out back is the barn. at one point, back 50 years or so, the barn was attached to the house and it was all a retirement home for older folks in the area. when the harde’s bought the property they detached the barn and put the property back to how it used to be, pre-retirement home.
to get to the apartment, you pull in the driveway and go all the way to the back and park up by the barn. there are two huge roll away barn doors in the middle and when you open them up you’re in the middle section of the barn. it’s filled with old westford signs, some about elections and some about raising money for a summer camp. the middle section still has the old original wood floors and it also has a second floor loft that goes all around the edges of the walls and is used mainly for storage. if you walk to the right section of the barn, you’re in the harde’s garage, and if you walk into the left section of the barn then you’re in my apartment.
upon walking in to the apartment you’re greeted with a wall of windows to the right that make up one whole side of the living area. the main area you’ve walked into is an open living room and kitchen area filled with cozy furniture, lots of books, and plenty of kitchen appliances. the right wall is made up of 3 sets of sliding glass patio doors that lead out onto a small deck that runs the length of the back of the building. on warm days we leave the doors open to get a breeze (since we don’t have AC) and on cool days we take advantage of the ample sunlight and use it to warm up the house. this area is where miriam and i spend most of our time. we’re usually out here cooking, eating, watching netflix, reading, drinking wine, or chatting. it’s quite cozy.
if you walk in the entry door and turn left you’re led down a small hallway that leads to each of our bedrooms and the bathroom. my room is the first on the right and contains two twin beds, a large dresser, and all the random things i brought with me. i’m still working to finish decorating it! if you keep going down the hall, miriam’s room is the second on the right with a full size bed, a dresser, and some bookshelves. if you go straight down the hall you’ll run right into our shared bathroom, complete with full size tub and shower.
it’s absolutely perfect here; i seriously got so lucky with these living arrangements. the space is small but comfortable and the amazing church congregation that’s supporting us here went through and bought us all kinds of necessities to get us started: basic baking supplies, a stocked pantry, a fridge already filled with breakfast foods, towels and bedding, and also basic toiletries. these people, and this place, are absolutely fantastic.
the whole property is around three acres and the harde’s have truly opened it all up to us. when you look at the place from the road it’s absolutely picturesque. down toward the front left of the property is winnie the pooh’s house, carved into the tree and absolutely adorable, and also an old well that used to be hooked up to the windmill that’s back a bit and to the left of the barn. the windmill used to pump water out of the well for use in the main house. back behind the windmill is a large garden with tons of tomatoes and a variety of other veggies that miriam and i can pick. straight behind the barn are some gardens and also a child-sized zipline that is absolutely amazing and i wish that i could use it. moving to the right a bit is a quaint gazebo behind the main house along with a tree swing and a small pond.
i really am living the most picturesque and cliche new england life and i couldn’t be any happier about it! : )