What a week!!

Well this week has been a whirlwind after our usual more sedate pace round here!!

Monday we were at the hospital for another growth scan and clinic….

Not a great photo but he is a larger baby than his brother and running out of space!!! (7 weeks till due date!)

Tuesday we caught up on some jobs here…. James collecting wood, helping a neighbour who is unwell, me sorting house cleaning/laundry etc!!

Wednesday James had some more wood collecting time and I had to race through a metric crap tonne of paperwork ready for a meeting with the FUW to help me fill in claims forms and field maintenance sheets…. AND for ANOTHER farm inspection…. We have had our SAF and maintenance payments for Glastir held up by the Welsh Government, both because we have been included in their audit…. where the inspectors get inspected!!! Yes total bad luck on our first year!!!!! Joy and because they had questions about some satellite imagery which again is a new thing this year…. well done us getting the double whammy!!!

So Thursday I trooped off to Carmarthen with folders worth of paperwork and completed a capital works claim, a field maintenance new online thing to alter my field boundaries now we have added the new hedgerows!! Plus take advice on becoming VAT registered etc etc!!

Raced home to grab some lunch…. then back out to the midwife!! (Now at the we want to see you every other week stage!) who bless her was running a smidge Kate and then I hotfooted it back to holding for the inspectors!!!

Well thankfully they were late and wanted to look at activity diaries first!! So I had time to get togged up for the field portion of their trip!! Thankfully everything was all good and to quote one of them “if only all inspections were this simple and straightforward!” Phew!!!

William and I then had Forest School on Friday which we both love!!

Then after lunch we collected my car from the garage all mot’d and driving like a dream again!!!

So we have had a week of interrupted naps….. short naps….. naps in the car…… and only one nap in his big boy bed!!

So no real crafty time *sob*

Managed a bit of spinning and a bit of sewing earlier in the week…

But it’s been scarily productive paperwork wise and farm wise…..

Now to spend today and tomorrow catching up with all the other jobs we need to get sorted!!!

Bracken wars!!!

Creeping into the fields we have a wealth of bracken.  As this is going to eventually impinge on the productivity of the land for haylage etc James and I waited until our tenant farmer had mown the field for his haylage 

   
   and out I went with the beast!!!!

   
   

Joyfully at the furthest point of the field…. The furthest point of our land other than the woods…. The beast decided to stop working….. Thank goodness for the extra battery on the gator which jump started us!!!!

 

Now for something not building related!!

Mmmmm a white blob in the field…..



What could it be……

The farmer who rents the fields put 26 sheepies in the field but all supposed to be barren or at least not pregnant this year……

Eek could it be remnants of dead sheepie…..

Eaten by what….. (Maybe the puma one of the neighbours keeps mentioning!!)

So I crept closer…..





Not dead remnants!!!!

Yay a little lambkin!!

Hardy little bugger mind, he/she was born amidst the snow!!! 

What a busy month!!!

I am not sure where February has disappeared to!! It started with yet another meeting with the builders and is finishing in an absolute whirlwind!!! More stuff to say than one blog post can cope with so I shall have to split it into several posts!!!

We went back to the farm the first full weekend in February to meet the builders and talk about the plans for the house etc etc ie what colour soffits and fascias etc to stop the house martins and swallows nesting inside this year again!!! Much as I loved seeing the fat fluffy faces peeking over the nest edges I’ll stick to seeing them outside thanks!!!

James and I then spent the weekend hedge laying as we only have until the first of March oh Sunday to actually do that so that weekend we got most of the hedge between big field and veg patch field laid on the big field side at least!!! It was the most overgrown of blackthorn hedges with birch, oak, ash standards in it!!! But suffice it to say it’s now a lot prettier!! We finished it over half term week and took some of the excess out from the first attempts at laying!! We were a little nervous I think about taking too much out but after some advice from our local farmer who rents the two fields and from James’ Dad we have cracked it I think and are certainly more confident about tackling hedges that are not purely blackthorn!!!

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Apologies for the pictures they were taken later in the day and the light was fading fast!!

Stuck sheep

Our field tenants, the sheep…. Mmmmm they have decided they can start to cause mayhem on the weekends we are there…..

First incident…..

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Stuck in the brambles, so armed with gloves and secateurs James I trooped across the field to rescue it! as it seemed to have been in the brambles for a while given the amount of mud kicked up…. As we got closer the sheep started to panic somewhat and when we were within a few feet managed to pull itself free from the brambles!!

Plans!!

Between big and small fields we have a holding pen, which I hope to garden out and put in a glamping pod!!! We have done some investigating now the sheep aren’t in small field or big field for that matter!!!

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We will need to fence this area and hedge it properly. There is a mound of compost in there too from the wormery of our neighbour…. But it’s slightly lower than small field and should make a nice little glamping pod area!!!