Building play areas!

So in order to get anything done with Mr Whirlwind around he has to have things to occupy him!!! So gradually using and repurposing things around the farm and planting and making etc I am building a play area…. or lots of bits of play area

Inadvertently with some of the digger work that has been done we have created areas he enjoys playing in already… like the one wet muddy ditch!!!

Anyway what we’ve managed so far!!

A water play wall…

Car ramps and the dry ditch!!

We’ve made space for some outdoors toys…. started planting willow to make some structures….

A teepee, a tunnel etc etc…. maybe eventually a maze given time after seeing the small maze at the Welsh Wildlife centre! They will all be made from a range of basketry willows so hopefully will all provide an additional crop for the farm for an income eventually or raw materials for me to make things with!!

And the tractor tyres we acquired are positioned… now I just need to fill them and make some mini play zones!! For example a dinosaur swamp…. a digger/construction site… the possibilities are endless for the small world play!!

I have so many more ideas and I have created a Pinterest board or two of ideas which I plan to use about the place…. some close to the vegetable and fruit gardens some near to the flower gardens and orchard and some maybe for the wetter areas!! I plan to try to have something at all points to occupy and entertain and inspire the boys to explore, play and create!!

Here’s the links to the Pinterest boards if you want to look!!

Forest school board

Kids toys board

Gardening board

Farm update

Soooo in lieu of a podcast which I may not have time to do or enough content for, for a few weeks…. here is the farm update for recent weeks!!!

Sooo…. back at the end of March on his due date we became a family of four when baby Mathew put in an appearance!!

All 7lb 15 of him and the birth itself went that well I should have been in and out in the one day…. but I decided tone dramatic and have a rather nasty PPH which saw me lose nigh on 3 pints of blood… so overnight obs… what a joy…. opposite the nursing station…. and at one point I’d just gotten the baby to sleep and in they came to do his obs…. ugh!!!

Anyway he is now a gorgeous chunky 11lbs!! (He didn’t have to wait for milk to come in as I still feed William) and he is four weeks old!!! Not sure how that has happened!!

Soooo we have had LOTS of visitations from family, but whilst the female portion of the family cooed over the small people and helped me to keep on top of washing and housework and William in the early days… the menfolk fought through the tiredness and….

Helped lambs in the barn…. being born…. putting them into separate quarters to bond with mums…. etc

Skinned the Polytunnel!!!

Hurrah!! On with the planting!!!

Moving and placing and cutting tractor tyres for the kiddos play area!! And planting potatoes we have had chitting for an age it seems!! Both in tubs and bags and out in a large potato bed James prepared!

Sorted the chickens who are now huge and ready for their new accommodations!! More about that another time!!

Made teeny fires to cook over!!

Then we as a group have been…..

Wrangling sheep to get them into the right field!! Te he!!!

Charging round the fields and feeding Wanda!

We’ve been to the botanical gardens for Welly Wednesday!!

We have tidied up the front garden and planted seeds both for flowers and for the Polytunnel !!

Plus we found a worm!! Fascinating!!!

And the other big news!!!

Young man turned TWO!!! I have a two year old!!!! More about how that feels in another post but look how happy he is with his digger!!

And I made my first attempt at icing a cake other than slapping a small bit of buttercream in or on!!

So busy times!!! Hopefully things are starting to settle…. and will improve further when we all kick this latest cold that has struck myself and the boys!! Ugh!!

Hope to at least write more soon and maybe I’ll squeeze in a podcast at some point!!

Our first proper snow on the smallholding!!

So yesterday we had a good dose of snow and it kept snowing throughout the day!!!

Little man was sooooo amazed and excited by the snow!! And not to mention the husbands excitement tee hee!!!

Plus the garden wildlife are loving the lardy seed cakes little man made them late last week!!! Lucky little tweeties are gradually finding where we have hung all the treats!!

A busy few days baking and making!!

We’ve been in the throes of Christmas baking here getting cake baked and frozen for when we have visitors,

making pastry

and now mince pies

and so the wild birds don’t feel forgotten we have made them some seed decorations

for a tree near the patio doors so we can watch them from the lounge!

These pictures portray a lovely sense of domestic bliss!!! Ha ha!!! What they fail to show you is the flour covered spaniel, the flour covered floor, the cake mix in Sir’s ear and up his nostril!! The fact that whilst making jumbly cakes he got hold of and ate a sugar cube!!! All totally fab though….. and I’m totally thankful he didn’t try to eat the bird seed!!! Apart from the dog that shook and sent a cloud of flour over the kitchen!! Oh poo I’ll have to dust!!!

Whirlwind of a time

Well our whirlwind of a month and a half started back in June with Great Granny’s 90th birthday party!!!  Little man got all dressed up for the occasion!

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We have had a good few weekends at the farm…… some of good weather

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Some more ominous looking….

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The buzzards have been out and about at the farm and one landed on the nearby pylon!….. oh to have a long lens for the camera

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The small pickle has been poorly on and off for the last month and a half, as well as teething…..

He had a ear infection, requiring antibiotics, then was riddles with chicken pox….. then a cold…..

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But he soon recovered and resumed normal service now of climbing everything!!

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He has been enjoying “helping” daddy in the garden….

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We had a trip over to Tredegar House park with Grandma and Grandpa, where he learnt a new word….. “again”

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Somewhere in between all of this I have managed to find time to be full time in work, for the last few weeks of term, getting my resources packed up in my classroom, have two leaving dos (one afternoon tea with my team, one curry night) and I have still found a little time for crafting, yarn winding, pattern writing…… so hopefully now over the next few weeks there will be some exciting new things appearing in my shops on Etsy,  Ravelry and Loveknitting.

I hope to podcast now in the next few days….. so until then!!!

Happy New Year and some finished knits!!

Happy New Year everyone!!!

Towards the end of last as usual I wasn’t able to post any of my finished knits because they were all Christmas presents!!! Now I forgot to photograph them so I’m getting photos of some of them sent hopefully on/by the giftee!!!

Soooo….

We have two Sockhead hats!!!! A great easy knit by Kelly McClure on Ravelry!!


Modelled by the very lovely Owl About Yarn and Pinsandneedles at our little pre Christmas meet up to exchange presents!! Cheeky chops is enjoying opening his first gifts sat on Zoe!! Zoe’s hat is knit up in Rainbow Heirloom and Jennie’s is in hedgehog fibres!!! I have another skein of hedgehog fibres I acquired on the 2016 Great London Yarn Crawl to knit myself a Sockhead soon!!

A baable hat by Donna Smith designs on Ravelry


I sooooo want me one of these!!! I have the yarns in stash and will knit one this year!!!! And probably one for cheeky too!!

My Dad’s traditional socks for Christmas!!


These are knit up from a crazy zauberball I bought in Loop in London!! I am still working on poor James’ Christmas socks also in a crazy zauberball!! 

There are a few more projects to get images for (hint hint small sister!! Lol)

This year I am more determined than ever to be a bit more organised especially with young sir around!!! I am going an my projects and bag them all up ready from stash as far as I can…… There may be a bit of cold sheeting this year…….. So not so many acquisitions……

I am also determined to go through and finish all my many many WIPS!!! 

I am hopefully going to try my hand at a Wee bit of podcasting which will probably end up being monthly at least for the first half of the year….

And this is hopefully the year we make the move to the farm!!!!

To finish off this update….. Another end of last year knit is Chreky Chops’ hat!! Which he already needs another new one of!! He is growing sooooooo fast!!!!!! 9 months old on the 14th!!!