All around the holding….

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!!!

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!!

So Much to Say!!!

Blimey two months have gone by without a post…..

Whilst there has been no building work done at the farm inside…. because we are awaiting a response from the bank STILL!!!!  I have been down there most of the summer holidays and sooooo much has been done!!!

Firstly there was James’ surprise.  His Mum and Dad came down to the farm to keep me company whilst I was there during the week on my own, waiting to meet a couple of tilers for quotes and to meet the building control officer to talk about access and what constitutes finished for him!

We went to the local Builder’s Merchant and bought some paint and then James’s wonderful Mum and Dad painted the gable ends of the house which we had had rendered!!!!

Doesn’t it look amazing now its painted and the stickers are off the patio windows!!

Thank you Julia and Geoff!!!!!