Busy weeks!!

So the past two weeks have been filled with visitors and LOTS of outside work….. not much time for crafting except in between visitors and knitting of an evening!!

We started with a few days with my sister and niece and nephew!!

Someone was very pleased with his visitors!! And we had wall building round the Polytunnel!!

Playdoh….. painting…… forest school trip!

Bird box building and painting….

Phew very busy!!

Then last week my parents came for a few days!

It turned colder…. but we have meshed the fruit cage….. planted and frost fleeced a few plants that had been delivered…. blueberries in pots in some good Ericaceous compost as our soil isn’t right for them but we need them as young sir would eat his body weight in blueberries!! Well fruit in general!!

Then we had lots more Polytunnel progress…. just a shame on the final day the wind picked up so we couldn’t get the plastic on….

We had a wood delivery too…. didn’t get as much in last year as this year has required!! It’s all a learning process and bear in mind this time last year we were only able to collect wood every other weekend!!!

Any way all this done plus toddler wrangling…. plus catering…. keeping the home fires burning…. and growing a baby….. phew

We have had a quieter weekend this weekend sans visitors!

Finishing some jobs in the fruit cage….

Using sawdust to make paths…. cable tying the mesh further and pegging it down….

Then today….

Chipping the brash piles we’ve had lying about from hedgerow sorting!! Finally seem to be making some progress in rejuvenating some of the hedgerows and hope we will be able to lay some of them in a couple of years to thicken them up and really sort them!

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!!!

Hedging!!

Our lovely neighbour leant us a new toy last week!!!!

  
So we spent a few days cutting the overgrown hedge and chipping it into a partial path down the side of the orchard!!

   
    
   
   
    
   
   
 
One hedge done loads more to go……

Starting work in the woods

James and I finished off the hedge laying and started a woodland entrance…. 

We seem to start work and more bits appear!!!!

We have a downed ash to chop up and some blackthorns to chop up to make steps…. Oh and reams more of the damn black plastic and more tyres!!!! Oh and it looks like big field and woodlands may have once been seep rated by a fence!!! Now just a bit of wire grown into a tree!!!

                   

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!!

Hedge restoration

In the big field where we have some resident sheep belonging to our land tenant there are large section of hedgerow which are solely ferns no trees left…. Shelter belt diminished and some areas look like failed laying of the previous trees…..

We managed to get some free hedgerow trees around 30…. Holly, hawthorn, blackthorn, dog rose, dog wood and hazels and James and I got planting….

We created channels in the ferns for added baby trees protection… From our wooly friends etc…

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Then we planted the trees at regular intervals and added protective measures!!

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All the while watched by our sheepy friends from a safe distance across the field!!

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