Sunday, 5 July 2015

A New Mountain In North Wales


A new mountain has appeared here on the old homestead.


I guess it's not that tall but it sure takes some climbing.


There's no rope to hold onto but you can follow the yellow hosepipe that snakes it's way to the top ...


... where at last the polytunnel comes into view.


Then it's downhill all the way.


The reason for the 'mountain' is this enormous hole, dug ready for our huge water tank to be put into.


I could put a lot of Pug feeding builders into this hole before it is filled one third of the way up with concrete at the crack of dawn on Monday morning ... hehehe!! 

  The the tank will be lowered onto the setting concrete and will be half filled with tap water, so the weight of the water will settle it firmly into place.  I would love to watch our water meter whizzing around while that happens ...... no I've changed my mind I don't think I want to see that!!


From the polytunnel side of the 'mountain' the house is neatly visible, and after taking the pictures, planting in the polytunnel and getting various jobs done I crossed the mountain range to get back to the patio.


Where I planted some excess cuttings in pots ..... no wonder I had backache look at that dreadful posture!!


Lovely Hubby had the stand up straight job of attaching the fittings to the new driveway gates.


The patio was filled with  the new posts, which were Hammerite-d yesterday to keep them rust free,  all three gates (two for vehicles and one for pedestrians) and the various fittings, which one by one were attached to the gates.  Thanks to Lovely Hubby's good workings out the specially manufactured posts had been drilled in just the right places for the gates to be hung and everthing fitted.

These posts will be sunk into the ready dug holes at the top of the drive and concreted in place, then the metal work will be surrounded by stone to match the walls leading up the new driveway off the road.  It should look good, we just have to wait for the steels to be delivered for the garage and workshop which will be coming on a very large truck and then we can put them up.

It's been a busy weekend as usual, oh and I'm sorry for the 'blobs' on the first few photos, it was raining when I took them, although just an hour later things had cleared up and the sun came back out at full temperature :-)

Sue xx


17 comments:

  1. A large grave indeed... be sure to check it out before filling ! fantastic progress Sue x

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  2. These pictures get more exciting every time they appear on your blog. Is that the ribs of a second polytunnel that I see?

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    1. Yes, the ribs have been there since we put the first one up, you can see them properly in the Header photograph. This second tunnel will be covered with netting rather than polythene to try and keep some of the crops safe from rabbits and to house our blueberry bushes which currently live near the house.

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  3. You must be thinking, when it will all end? It will be wonderful when you get there xxxx

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    1. I am!!

      Hopefully it will end by the end of August by which time I will have had builders here throughout the week for a total of six months.

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  4. Its nice to see all your planning and hard work has paid off . You must be pleased. Its looking great.

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  5. love the gates very pleasing to the eyes.

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  6. How dry the soil looks in that hole - must be quite different in winter hence your water tank?

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    1. Yes, it's bone dry here now and in winter it's usually a mudbath. This will save us a fortune in watering costs for the polytunnel, which needs watering all year round.

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  7. I love that style of gate. xxx

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  8. Your property is really starting to take shape. Love the gates.

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  9. It's going to look wonderful.
    xx

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  10. Hi Sue, love your blog. You're very inspiring and the dog and chicken photos are great.

    We've just bought a new large wooden chicken coop and were wondering whether to stand it on wood chips or paving slabs/concrete. Don't want to invite rats to live underneath. We live in the wet and windy west of Ireland. What would your advice be, please?

    All the best
    Eileen

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    1. Ours is off the ground on it's own towing skids, which gives the chickens a good place for a dust bath and to shelter from the rain on wet days. If you have somewhere else for them to dust bathe in Summer (and I bet your days without rain are about the same as ours here in North Wales) it would be best to have it as paving slabs or concrete. Wood chips would give them the option to make a dust bath if they wanted to.

      The main thing is that the house is up off the ground with no access points for climbing rats, and that it can be completely sealed at night with no ramps left down.

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    2. Thanks for the quick reply Sue, concrete it is!

      We spent a week in Llanwrst many years ago - North Wales is very beautiful. I hope you have many happy years in your lovely home.

      Best wishes
      Eileen

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  11. Great to see so much progress, and you will have a great record of it all for the future. I've been doing the same in the nursery, I like before and after shots and it reminds us what we have achieved :)

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