Every seven years our Zeeland barn dating from 1860 has to be tarred. This task is assigned to me.
Smearing out 20 litre of black timber coat is really not my favourite pastime. That is why I have been postponing this job for a very long time. More than seven years, I guess! Meanwhile several boards of the barn have to be replaced and also the gable ends need to be renewed. This summer I have been waiting patiently for the carpenters to arrive.
At last after the holidays, everything comes together. It is beautiful late summer weather and the carpenters came. There is a noise of cutting wood and the men hammer merrily on the boards of the barn. The gable ends are removed from the barn and a new one is made. "If you paint it quickly, we will replace them next week." And off they go.
I paint the gable ends in the traditional colours, black and white. Just like the Zeeland costume. Painting the white piping requires a steady hand.
To be able to tar the highest point of the barn, I rent a cherry picker. The colossus is parked on the lawn. For weeks I work, day after day, at the barn. My dry garden, has to do without me.
Last week, the gable ends were replaced. The men take advantage of my cherry picker. They like to go up and down. After the work has be done, the carpenters look at the construction of the barn. "Imagine we would build you a new barn Hetty. The same barn, only better. That would be a nice job! "
Yes, these craftsmen are happy to make me a new barn, but I'm just glad I can tick off the job. And, though I say so myself, Zeeland's cultural heritage is looking good again!
The barn has huge doors. We call it 'mendeuren'
These 'mendeuren' have smal windows.......
.....and a smal door for quick excess, it's called the 'klinket'.
The black barn makes a lovely backdrop for my roses.
The new gable ends.
After painting it black, I draw a line........
.....and paint it white with a steady hand.
The cherry picker on the lawn.
Here I am on the highest point of the barn!
The barn is now ready for the next seven years.
I am very glad I have finished the job!
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