The old barn on my home farm, now rickety and decaying, was once sturdy and teeming with life. It symbolizes, for me, the early optimism, ingenuity, determination, strength and neighbourliness that characterizes Saskatchewan people. Unique to the west, the modified hip-roof structure with an outside accessible loft, was designed to store maximum amounts of feed for the horses and cattle necessary to the farming operation. The barns were imposing structures and usually required a sociable neighbourhood “barn-raising” to complete construction. In the off season many provided an ideal space for a local barn dance!