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!!

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!

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……

The before and afters!!!

So….. The path…

It took soooo much work and time and back ache I feel it deserves a before and after shot!!!!

Before…..

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After….

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So that’s two, no wait we dug one out… Three gates, a tonne of brambles and nettles, tyres, rocks, silage bags, mud, more rocks and rubble to give traction for the gator, digging, hedge cutting, strimming, digging, barrowing, gatoring, oh yes and a mound of cow poop!!!

BUT we can’t now get gator into the back field without running the sheep gauntlet!!

Path building

For the last few weeks of visits James and I have concentrated our efforts! post failed diggering at sorting, clearing, digging, rubbleing etc the path from the yard into the field behind….. This field is no longer orchard field as James feels we have too little flat land to devote it to orchard….. Orchard and I have been moved to a steeper part of the rough land next to this field….

It has been hard and messy work…..

Mud…

Rain….

Silage bags that come out of the ground like hankies out of a magicians sleeve…..

Tyres….

Rocks……

Old rusty metal work…..

Gates…..

Old bits of fencing…..

Well I’ll let the pictures tell the story….

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Digger!!!

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)

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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…..

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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…

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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!