Friday, June 13, 2014

Re Purposing the Past....

When we moved from Hanna we literally brought a piece of the town history with us!  We looked like the Beverly Hillbillies when we moved some of  our "stuff" down to this property.  We rented a flat bed to haul the grain truck that Darrell's dad had purchased brand new in 1965.   Of course, the grain truck box and even the inside of the cab were loaded to the brim as well.  Some of the items in the truck box were some timbers from one of the Hanna grain elevators that was tore down.  Darrell is hoping to restore the ole grain truck as it holds lots of memories for him.

Grain elevators, PRAIRIE GIANTS, that told you that you were on the roads and hiways of the expansive prairies.  Markers on the horizon to look for when wondering where the next town was.  In years past, the busiest place in the community when it was harvest time.  I remember having to quickly run samples of grain into the elevator while the truck waited in the field to be sure the grain was dry enough....taking Kaleb in to see Shelley or Max who worked there and always had something to say to a curious little boy.  A gathering place for the farmers to shoot the breeze about how the crops were doing.  Definately a hub in the community and a part of the important railway system to move grain across the country.

These pictures of the Hanna Elevators were taken by Kevin Connolly
He enjoyed taking pictures of prairie elevators and we actually carried his collection of 
many photos in the gift store when we operated That Country Place

So, what does this have to do with our fireplace room you are wondering?  Well Darrell knew that he would want to incorporate some of those great ole timbers in some DIY project! So we hauled them along in our move!!  

A fun store in Medicine Hat is Real Deals...
That is where I got this clock and I will have another one
to reveal in the Guest Bedroom soon.
Be sure to check out their Face Book page.

Another spot the elevator timber was put to use was the "outside room" we
had on the Hanna property.  We have plans for creating another fireplace area
here and I think we may have one more timber to make use of there.
Sigh...I miss this room.   The rocks were all picked from the fields, a touch of the prairies...
An outside room, with pergola and stone fireplace are in the works for here too.
Stay tuned for that project!  Yikes!! Where are all those DIY people that you see
on TV when you need them!!

Hope you enjoyed some of the finishing touches on this room.
Have a great week end everyone!

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Pamela Gordon said...

Dawna, I think it's wonderful that you brought those old wooden beams with you to re-use. It makes a great hearth for your fireplace! I love that stone outdoor fireplace too. Wow, that must have been a lot of work to build. I will look forward to seeing your new outdoor project. Enjoy the weekend.

Gina said...

Dawna, the timbers are beautiful! They add so much character to both fireplaces! I also love your new clock, too.

Amy at love made my home said...

Your fireplace does look great, and the timbers definitely add a unique and personal touch of interest and drama. I can't say that I have ever moved such things myself, but I can understand why you would want to and some would think that some of the things that I buy/move are odd! xx

Lorrie said...

The old timbers have such history. How great that you used them in your "new" home. They add a lot of personality.

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