The first weekend of half term was spent starting to mow the fields and finally getting rid of brash piles that have been the bane of our fire lighting lives all winter!!! We seem to have cracked the fire lighting now though thanks to a lot of newspaper, breaking the piles down a bit and a flame thrower thingummy Bob that means we can light the paper more centrally to the brash heaps!!
And the mowing …. Wow that was hard work but we mowed the fields in three days!!!! Far shorter than the weeks of weed and bramble hacking we did last year!!! Upkeep is definitely quicker!!!!
And all of our 46 trees have taken!!!!!!!
Whilst digging out all the brash from the weeds James also discovered another skull….. So here is what wooly beasts (sheep) look like on the inside!!
Finally not a post about us destroying stuff, hacking something back or levelling something!!! Something productive…. Or it will be when they grow!!!
46 fruit trees planted staked and thanks to the rain watered in!!!! Planted in the lea of the hill to shelter them a little and up enough out of the frost pocket I hope!!!
So apples, plums, damsons, pears of all sorts of types!!! Mmmmmmm can’t wait to see them in leaf and blossom!!!
I have been hedge cuttering my way round the brambles in new orchard field and have now completed the first chop of the brambles in what will be our orchard….. And it’s HUGE!!!! We decided I must have cut about ten time a the size of our home garden in bramble patch!!!
A bit of during
And…… Drum roll please….. After!!!
Giant field!!! With orchard, willow and hazel growing opportunities in its future!!!! Hurrah!!!!
Whilst James played with the beast!!! I hacked down some more chunks of the bramble patches along the pipe stream bank and into the woodland!!! Got a big chunk done too not that it shows from the top of the hill, because it went down the side and around the back of the colossal patch to allow the beast to be able to travel through the patch and then turn and complete the bramble munching!!
Found another sheep skull too!! Maybe it’s the puma!!! Lol!!
Over the last month James and I have been clearing the rough pasture as this is the new venue for an orchard!! This means more weeds…. More bramble forests and some chainsawing up of goat willows and overhanging branches!
We couldn’t just go to the farm without some sort of weed wars or work!! So last Saturday James continued work on building the path down to the orchard from the yard, by hand… No digger in sight, well with a little help from his gator!
I on the other hand got out my trusty hedge cutters and started to clear the yard of weeds….
As well as the building work last weekend James hired a mini digger (too mini for the job he wanted it for as it turned out)
As I left to go into cardigan to look at tiles he was a happy husband playing diggers and building a path down into orchard field from the yard!
Upon my return…..
A digger minus the treads on one side!!
Luckily our neighbour at the top of the hill used to work on diggers so he came up and fixed it…..
James had about another hour or two of digger play before it happened again…
He gave up! And luckily our neighbour came back just before we left to fix it again before it had to go back to the hire company!