Saturday, 24 May 2014

A Working Weekend

 
Well as you can just about see from these photos the sheep have  gone ..... ALL OF THEM!!
 
Lovely Hubby phoned the owner and told him in a very stern voice that we were having a contractor in to work with us on erecting fencing in the paddock and that we would not be held responsible for the consequences of anything happening with his sheep.
 
And magically while we were out yesterday getting the car repaired all the sheep vanished.
 
Today and tomorrow is all about erecting two lengths of fencing, and hanging gates.  These will separate the driveway from the growing area, which will contain the poly and net tunnels and the raised beds along with all the fruit trees and bushes.  The paddock at the end will then be smaller but safely fenced ready for grazing by sheep with permission to be there, and each area will then be more secure and lockable if necessary.
 
 
You can just about make out the row of smaller fence posts already knocked into position just after the fruit trees.  There are larger fence posts at the top of the hill to take the strain of the wire and hold everything firm.  If there's one thing LH already knew before we started our new life in the country it was how to fence.  School holidays helping his Granddad fence in the Scottish countryside was time well spent.  So tomorrow will be all about pinning on the wire and stock fencing.  My main job is keeping the workers lubricated with mugs of tea, chunky ham sandwiches and freshly made Madeira cake straight from the oven.
 
A working weekend, but then they usually are, and seeing big transformations at the end is usually worth the getting wet and tiring long days.  Hopefully Monday will be a bit easier and may even see us walking along the prom with the dogs.
 
Hope you all have a brilliant Bank Holiday Weekend those of you in this country, fingers crossed that the weather picks up a little bit for us all.
 
Sue xx

20 comments:

  1. Well if chunky ham sandwiches, mugs of tea and Madeira cake are on offer then what time do you want me? X Hope it all goes to plan x

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  2. Good plan, keeping them well fed, keeps them on their task. Good luck can't wait to see completed photo's.

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  3. There's an old saying that "Good fences make good neigbours".

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  4. You must step back and look at the life you live and say WOW this life I have is amazing x

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  5. I'm the same with workmen - keep them well fed and watered! Where did you live in Oxfordshire Sue? We used to live there too x

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  6. Great that the sheep have gone, I hope the weather holds for the week end of work.

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  7. Does this mean the planning permission came through for the polytunnel? Sorry if I missed it, I've been absent for a couple of weeks with a knackered computer.

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    1. Not yet, we should hear officially after the 30th May. But checking online there have been no objections from neighbours or official bodies, and the planning officers visit seems to have been valuable in that he now knows how our lands actually looks rather than just off the paper drawings and he supports what we are aiming to do overall. Our fingers are firmly crossed :-)

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  8. Beautiful blog! Love the photos! New Follower.
    Jody

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    1. You are very welcome ..... both of you :-)

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  9. Wow, you guys have been working hard. Never underestimate the value of tea and sandwiches. Hope the weather stays good to get it all done.

    X x

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  10. Hurrah ! Wonderful to see your progress - a lorra lorra fencing !
    I'm in the shop Monday afternoon - all going well there x

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  11. Nice to catch up with you again. Glad things are progressing well.

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  12. Sue things are really coming together and never underestimate the value of food and drink, I was talking to my chaps who say they appreciate the effort of their customers which makes them prepared to go the extra mile. I even went as far as sending my external insulation workmen away with homemade cakes and eggs last year as a thank you for their above and beyond attitude .

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  13. I can feel your satisfaction from here. Super pleased for you that all is coming good.

    jean x

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  14. It is all going to be so lovely, and all that fantastic growing space. I am rather envious of all that room. The poly and net tunnels will be such a great resource for growing stuff

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  15. Its all shaping up nicely and despite the hard work both now and in the future what an achievement it will be. Looking great already. BTW love the new header!

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  16. Oh, it looks so lush and green at your place! Beautiful!!!

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    1. ..... that could be something to do with ALL the rain we have. It rains almost every day!! Why so many folk holiday in Wales I'll never know ;-)

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