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!

Rockery!

I have started to clear and plant the rockery around the septic tank!!! its filled with chunks of concrete and all sorts of spoil, but I am slowly adding slates, rearranging, planting and weeding…..

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So far I have done about a quarter….

Need more plants me thinks!

Bits and Bobs!

Some more bits from the Summer at the Farm!

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James and Sookie after a hard days work! Zzzzzzz

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The Final window is pointed in Thanks Geoff!!!!!!  So we can finally do a full house photo, no stickers on the windows!!

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The lavender in the wall has gone mad this year and we have marigolds in all the pavement cracks around the tin hut!

More gardening!

My Sister, Brother in Law and their small people came to camp in August.  Brother in law helped chain saw up trees and generally got to play with boys toys with James, but the small people (who jumped from the car on their arrival with buckets and spades ready to dig), Mouse (my sister) and James’s Mum helped to fill and plant the tyres I had started to paint and arrange!

Hurrah Thank you all!!!!!

Its looking good!!! Now I need to finish planting the rest so they dont all get used as cat lit trays by the neighbours cats!!

Gardening!

A while ago we built the first bed in the garden for flowers!

James’s Mum has helped out immensely and has given us a variety of plants and planted them up for us!

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Thank you Julia it looks fantastic!!

Now i just need to get my rambling roses to cover the wall with blooms!!!

A few views of the smallholding and buildings from the weekend before last

I took a few photos which didn’t get put into a post over the previous week so…….

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Some more views of the tin hut and the box beside it…. The birds on a wire…. That have nested in our house!!! The gaping hole in what will be our driveway round the back…. James and the hedge cutters…. Sookie lamping about in the fields….

And we have a couple of plants that need identification!!

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Oo and we heard a cuckoo this weekend!