Mini digger hired!! Check!!

So James decided to hire a mini digger this week…. and has been out in it all day every day working hard to create better waterways, raised beds, scrape the barns, flatten play areas…. etc etc!! Busy times!!

Someone else rather liked the digger too!!! And very quickly figured out whilst sat on Daddy’s lap that two levers made it go forwards and backwards!! Therefore lurching it about whilst Daddy was digging!!

The way it was!!!

Our lovely neighbour came up to visit on Sunday and brought up some photos of our barn that the previous owner took before any renovations started!!!

Wanna see????

It takes your breathe away how derelict it was!!!!

Makes a heck of a difference to when we bought it as a shell….

And to now….

A finished home!!

A Full farm update….

i.e. since William was born!!!!

We have been busy bees, painting, architraves, skirting….

James’ parents have been amazing and have done soooooo much painting and James and his Dad have done all the woodwork upstairs!!! Its nearly at the point of having carpets put in upstairs and painting started downstairs!!!!

So in Photo Format!!!

Phew thats a lot of photos!!

One last one!!

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A cheeky chops in just a nappy in his chair!!! Too hot for clothes that day!!!

 

Front steps!!!

Over half term James and his father carefully built a whole set of concrete, brick and paving slab steps!!!!! 

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
 
   
   
Don’t they look fantabulous!!!!!!!! 

Clever husband and father in law!!!!!!!

The builders are back!!

Yes we finally got the draw down we needed and have managed to get builders back on site!!!!!!!

Upstairs is now plaster boarded and work is starting again downstairs!!!

Excuse the dust ghosts and cue the pictures!!!!

   
    
    
    
    
    
    
    
   

Bye bye giant drain hole!!!

James and his father spent a few days last week sorting out the giant cavernous drain hole in our yard, which we have had a black pallet over to prevent someone falling in for over a year now!!

Brickwork, cementing, bolts, a heavy duty grate which we had already in the hole, but was way too small for the opening….. oh yes and James and Geoff had two little “helpers” in the form of our niece and nephew saying “Uncle James can we ride in the tractor!?” (meaning the Gator, but they would not believe it wasnt a tractor)

Hurrah a safe drain, that was then tested later in the week by a few rain deluges!!! and its FAB!!!!!

We don’t need a Ramped access!!!!!!

Hurrah, Building control said we dont need to make a huge unsightly front door ramped access we can have an access via the barn!!!!  Building control also said he needs the commissionings for the heating, electrics and plumbing, he needs to see stairs with all the guard rails in and steps front and side appropriately guarded oh and all the building work finished off, e.g. all the boarding and skimming done!!  But yay no ramp no ramp no ramp!!!!

So last week James, His Parents and myself went down to B and Q in Carmarthen and got a set of steps for the patio doors!!!!

James and his Dad then proceeded to build the steps and some handrails for them!!!

They are Fabulous!!!!!!! And its so nice not to have a huge drop from the patio doors any more!!  Thank You Julia and Geoff!!!!

James and I have painted them, but unfortunately before it dried we had a sudden deluge of rain and its a bit mottled…. so we will have to take another photo once we have given them another coat!!