We're a family of 4 based in the North East of England and welcome you to follow us on our frugal journey from street house to small holding, fast food to self sufficiency (well as much as possible) and shop bought to home made. The highs and lows will all be recorded with lots of pictures along the way. From livestock to veggies and rides out on the horses to countryside walks with the dogs, we plan on making the most of every minute.
Monday, 27 March 2017
What a beautiful weekend
I know it's a common thing to say, but this weekend just flew by. We did have a busy one mind you, it was glorious weather!
The greenhouse was difficult to keep cool and I actually lost some tomato seedlings which I'm gutted about. They were in this heat in the propagator too, so even hotter. I have lots more sown, but still sad when it happens.
It was a weekend of fencing again. We have a stock fence that separates the small paddock and the field. The field has a gate which is not linked to the small paddock and it's become a mud bath over winter, so we've decided to put another gate in as an alternative route whilst that one recovers.
Ste took part of the stock fence down, to make room for the gate. A trip to Mole Valley (agricultural store) later and we had the wood necessary for the job.
In no time at all, Ste had dug the holes out, post crete'd in the posts and added the fence rails.
We then had a chat about the stock fence which started to look tired and aged against the new post and rail section. Our intention was to eventually replace the full thing, but not immediately. This weekend's task was to get the gate ready for use.
Of course, best laid plans were thrown to one side and we set about (we being Ste) and took up the stock fencing, keeping it for the pig area at a later date. The field now looks amusing in that there is a gate in place, but an open space which you can just walk around. We had another run to the agricultural store and got the rest of the wood needed to put a full fence up.
I wasn't sat on my haunches whilst Ste was busy with the fence. I've planted up the rest of the trees in to the mini orchard and am really pleased with the results. It's still work in progress as there's a lot of soft fruit to go in, but so far, so good. We've the last 2 apple trees, a pear, 2 apricot, an almond and a rogue fig...the fig isn't in the ground yet as I'm not sure what to do with him.
The grass area will eventually be removed and some replaced with culinary and medicinal herb beds. That's something I really want to learn a bit more about.