Workshop Building

Recently we have been working hard on getting the area in the first barn behind the house turned into a workshop for all the tools and for doing some of the jobs we need to get done around the place….. including me making a heap of toys for Sir and for future Forest School plans (follow me over on Pinterest to see my collection of ideas I have for these things!!)

Sooo….. we started with…..

Well in reality there was a horse box and a tonne of junk and wood in there to really start with!!

Then building work started….

Then some more……

and some electricals….

and a roof…..

a lot of tanking slurry…..

and a bit of patio to sort the awful back door entrance out….

some welding and gate building….

The last two days I have been painting it with some cheap white paint so it doesn’t look so much of a cave….

Today Himself is cementing the floor in places to level it for racking….

So nearly ready for its final reveal!!!

 

Episode 6!!

Episode 6 is up on YouTube!


The show notes……

Podcast: 30th July

Episode 6

Long time no see!!! 

So since I last saw you we have survived….

Sir having an ear infection

Sir having chickenpox

The sale of the house in Bristol

The sale of our house, so we are all ready to go nearly to the farm!!

Me finishing work at the special school, I got some amazing gifts, including a gorgeous painted stone and a beautifully written poem,

James handing in his notice so he will be finished by the end of August for us to move to the farm!

Sirs last day at nursery…. What have I done!?!?! Lol

Knitting

Hitchhiker by Martina Behm, Owl About Yarn Happy Owl BFL fingering weight in the colour way Heroes
Hitchhiker by Martina Behm, Easy Knits Deeply Wicked + in the colour way Zippy
I have given my sock yarn blankets a bit of love recently too…. Adding some more leftover colour ways.
Back before Christmas I made Zoe of Pins and Needles and Jen of Owl About Yarn a Sockhead hat each, by Kelly McClure using yarn I had purchased on the Great London Yarn Crawl! 
This week I have cast on my own Great London Yarn Crawl Sockhead hat in another yarn I purchased on the Yarn crawl, my Hedgehog fibres in the Pheasant colourway 
Sewing

I have been giving the curtains a blast the last month or so!!!

I have finished the kitchen curtains….

And I have sewn the lounge window curtains…. Which I still need to hem and then make the patio doors curtains…
I haven’t managed to sew any more clothing but…. Next weekend I hope my over locker will have a little trip to the farm so that will help matters there! 
Acquisitions

I have bought some fabric from the Fabric Godmother….

Cotton & Linen mix – Loganberry 

Pisa Cotton Jersey – Black 

I intend to make a linen apron dress for myself using the simplicity pattern I bought a while ago and the jersey will hopefully make me a lighter weight Coco dress!! And maybe an Agnes top, I might even knock the colourful sleeves off the other Agnes I made in the thick heavyweight slightly shiny jersey that I’m still not sure of and add them to the lighter weight jersey top!
With the linen, if there is enough I might make James’ waistcoat fronts…
I have also acquired a lovely new crafty thing from Zoe of Pins and Needles too!! A lovely needle felting brooch kit and a foam pad…. So I’ll have to have a stab at that!
Final acquisition then is a Knit Tea Retreat mug!!!! If you don’t follow the ladies they have set up newsletters, an Instagram account and a blog under the name Knit Tea Retreat, get over there, get following and come along!!!!
Shop update
I have been working hard in my first week since finishing work and the last week that Sir was in nursery….. Tyddyn Bryn is no longer a WordPress.com site its Tyddyn bryn.com!! Head over and have a snoop, there is often additional content over there over and above the podcasty stuff! 
I’ve also had a bit of site revamp, thanks to Jen for figuring out how and showing me to add pages/menus that auto link places!!!
I have skeined up some of the lovely alpaca yarn I have had spun up from the fleeces I had….
And I have written up a pattern….. For my Broadleaf hat…. This pattern is about to wing its way to the lovely tech editor then hopefully will be ready for release!!!
I intend using some of the odds and sods of the alpaca to knit up a broadleaf hat sample, so that I get a good idea of the yarn and how it knits up before I put it up for sale and so I have a sample of the hat!! Having gifted the original two Christmases ago!!
Farm Update
James has planted some veg plants…. Courgettes, tomatoes melons etc in the newly acquired veg patch….. And is now facing the battle of the weeds!!! Can’t wait to be there full time to be able to keep on top of things!! 
My dad has bought us a new piece of kit….. But that’s for another time as its not been delivered to us yet!!! 
All the curtain poles are up….. Shelves are up….. Three more blinds have been ordered for the upstairs Windows….. We have started to hang a few pictures….. James is looking into how his workshop is going to be built and where….. I have contacted an architect about sorting out the tin but and converting it into a cabin…. 
Each time we go down more and more things are travelling down with us…. Last couple of times it has been all my teaching resources etc!! Thank goodness for the expedit units!!! Or Kallax as they are now called! We need to get one more of them!!! 
Finally, don’t forget you can find me on Intagram, Twitter and Etsy as Tyddyn Bryn, there is a Facebook group Tyddyn Bryn, and pop over and have a snoop at the new Tyddyn Bryn dot com see what you think of the new layout, linkies etc!!! 

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!!!

Apologies for the radio silence…..

We have been crazy busy round here…. At school we are getting an inspection… I’ve been boxing up loads of things at our house and we’ve hired a van and moved it to the farm… Little bear has started to walk…. Yay but oh help!!! 

I promise there is a podcast soon!!!!

But here are some photos in the meantime!!

So….

A poorly baby limited our plans last weekend….. *sigh* the poor little man…. So I’ve missed one o my best friends Hen dos…. And there has been no podcasting time for me…. No sewing time….. And realistically not much knitting time….. I’m only up to almost the heel on my second Heath sock….. 

However, at the farm our little man that can has been back!!! 


And we now have drainage in the pit of doom!!! So it’s going to be able to be planted up with vegetables and fruit canes and bushes etc!!!! 

Hurrah and pass the seed catalogues!!!