I promised myself I’d be better at Blogging as well as Vlogging…. but life kinda happens!! Anyway here are the links for the blogs this week
Also I’ve managed a load of baking this week!! 😁
How to process firewood!! Well how we collect and process it!! 😂
You can find a short video here of what we do!!!
Someone LOVES the chainsaw helmet!!!
Especially the visor!!! 😂
And whilst the chain saw was out!! Himself chopped me up some logs to make a log circle in the littlie’s forest school area!
I’ve added a few new videos to the YouTube Channel!!!
Some tours of the animals and I’m planning a weekly ish….. vlog about the happenings on the smallholding!!
Here is Episode one!!
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!!
So….. deep breath and here goes…..
Back at the end of April…. the Polytunnel finally had its skin put on!!
We almost immediately started planting and moving some of the seed across that we had started in the house off into the tunnel….
Spring finally arrived after the seemingly relentless winter!!
The small boy found more vehicles to sit on and press all the buttons….
The fruit cage planting was finished and now it’s just a case of weeding, watering, mowing and mulching at regular intervals…
The chicks, born on the first of March, got new digs and moved in!!
With the advent of spring the endless grass and weed management begins!! We are fortunate in that we have been gifted a field and brush mower in previous years and that mower chimps through long grass, brambles, weeds etc like they are butter!! And then to get the lawn effect in certain areas I am using the little old electric mower from the old town house!! (I am going to start saving for a normal Petrol lawnmower just so I don’t have to run an extension lead out each time!
Look at the little faces!!! Grandad bought the boys a new toy!!! Look!!!! It’s a fabulous tractor!!!!
There is a plethora of blossom in our orchard!! So we are hoping for plenty of apples this year!!!
The one and only flower bed needs a darn good weeding and I need to start making more flower beds and tackling the weeds on the banks cutting them right back and digging out where I can so I can start designing and planting garden areas!! I harbour a small dream that one day our garden will become one of the yellow book gardens that open for the national gardens scheme!!
I have planted some more willow whips and have more rooting!! I am making a willow tunnel, a willow teepee and I plan to maybe try a few more willow structures around the place! I am using a combination of osier willow and basketry willow so eventually as well as winter colour the structures and other willows will become another saleable crop in both cut willow and baskets or willow creations!!
Can you spot them?! Clue- they are yellow basketry ones here!!
The Polytunnel has started to green up slowly!! We have a multitude of different vegetables starting to grow!!!
And James has been out practising using a topper attached to his tractor to cut the grass!! We have now also been out to see a topper for sale nearby and James’ offer was accepted… we have trailer to borrow and now are awaiting a collection date!!! Exciting!!!
Finally James has had opportunity to start the raised bed walls!! So we will have even more growing space for our vegetables!! (Lucky as we have loads in seed trays starting to need to be planted out!! And we have more seeds to sow for more autumnal and winter crops!!)
Phew!! Lots of work!! Lots of plans and always loads more to do!!!
So Saturday last Mum and I took the tribe of smalls to Wonderwool at Builth Wells!!
I love this yarn show and have attended every year for the last ten plus!! Apart from the year William was born as him arriving and Wonderwool were just that wee bit too close in dates!! (He would have been a week old!!)
So here are a few photos I managed between yarn fondling and toddler wrangling!!
Best way to travel in the sling right next to the mobile buffet!! Look a snap snap!!! The toddler was very impressed with the crocheted croc!!!
The wonderful wall of poppies I commemorate the end of World War One 100 years ago this year!
And then something else beautiful some started smiling!!!!
More about my multiple purchases in another post!
So now the Polytunnel has been skinned we have been able to get in and plant!!
So far now we have planted mangetout, beans, beetroot, carrots, spinach, leeks, rocket, spring onions and salads….
Then James has moved our two new grapevines into the corners, one red one white…
He has also moved all the baby tomato plants, chilli plants and cucumbers in….
and plans to plant the courgette babies etc out there this afternoon!
He and William have been earthing up the potatoes like fury!!
I have plans to weed the onion and shallot bed and the fruit cage this week in between trips out with William to our usual activities!!
Some of the seeds we planted the other week have started to come up so we shall soon need to plant out small broccoli and cauliflower plants etc!! James needs to build the walls for the raised beds soon!!! Well for at least one of them!!
This year we should be able to produce the majority of our fresh food!! James has even won a competition and we have a mushroom kit arriving soon!!!!
William, our toddler, has been super useful with his new wheelbarrow and has been collecting all the rocks from around the Polytunnel!! Hurrah!!