Not really sure where to put this, but figure since I mentioned in teh Its good thread that i'd post the pics here.
Here is the story I sent out to friends
Just thought I'd share this neat experience I had yesterday, it was pretty
much a once in a lifetime thing. I was invited to and helped with a
Mennonite Barn raising.
When I got there the beams and everything were laid out and ready to go.
The entire community from that area was there, 50 or so men, 30 or so kids
and a few women. We started at 8:00 am and by 2:00PM when I left it looked
like a barn.
It was a day of hard physical labour, today muscles ache that I forgot
exist. This family/community is really old order, the only power tools on
site were a few chainsaws. The beams and posts were all raised by hand and
pegged with hand made wooden spikes. One of my jobs was a post man, that
means that I helped to lift the posts and beams into place, they really like
having a tall person to help and hold things up instead of having to use
"spikes and poles". My other jobs included head nail puller, basically
supervising 8-10 year olds pull nails to recycle boards and I was also a
board / strapping fetcher - taking boards to where they where needed. Got to
ride in a real Mennonite buggy and everything.
The only disappointment of the day was lunch. Everyone said how great it
would be, and it wasn't. Lunch was scallop potatoes, baked beans, coleslaw
and pickled beets. The potatoes and beans were basically a mush. The best
things were the pies and fruit.