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!!!!
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!!!
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!!!
Apologies for the pictures they were taken later in the day and the light was fading fast!!
Our field tenants, the sheep…. Mmmmm they have decided they can start to cause mayhem on the weekends we are there…..
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!!
Our sheep tenants are back in the fields!!!!
Every time we are spotted at the gate (usually with the dog) they run to a further point in the field making photos rather hard to get!!!
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!!!
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!!!
After a restorative cuppa in the Hovel we headed out along the other borders of the property over the rough pastureland. Following the animal trails we wandered down to the stream pipe which seperates the two of the three section of rough pastureland.
Dad suggested we get a stone trough put in under the pipe rather than the current ironwork one, to allow for the water to be drunk. I am not sure who he intends drinking the water, but as most of it is pony field and road run off….. ummm maybe not!! Not mentioning the fact that how the heck would we get the iron trough out and a stone one in!!!
In the far rough pasture there is a lot of Sphagnum Moss and marsh gras in the field portion adn around the pipe stream there is a lot of Salix Caprea or Goat willow and a LOT of Briars. We would need to start at the top of the stream and work down in order for us to recolonise the stream sides with basketry willow!
Dad also pointed out another good potential woodland ingress point!! I say potential, because a. its a bit steep, b. its full of briars and brambles!! There is a fence line and another channel down from the road then that prevents us accessing the woodland between us and our Mill neighbour, so we will need more investigations down here in the fullness of time! Somewhere in there is apparently our Japanese Knotweed colony! UGH!!!
Having crossed back over the piped stream, we walked back across the lower edge of the middle rough pasture, across another drainage stream, which is the one supposedly to take the mountain track run off under the road and off down the hillside. At this point we have three Leylandii and a teardrop shaped piece of flattish land which goes off towards Big Field and the gate we will probably turn into a stile, which will be our Orchard when the autumn comes and we can get planting!
We have lots of Nettle beds over this side that Dad said should be full of butterflies soon. Just as he said that we saw three large peacock butterflies sitting amongst the nettles. We walked amongst the grass and nettles for a while longer and discussed orchard possibilities…. and found a young Ash tree.