This week has gone by quickly, looking back. My mind has been wandering into next year again thinking of the things I'd like to get done on the smallholding. There's the easy sounding, but more than likely a pain in the butt jobs of putting automatic drinkers into the fields and stables, maybe even the poultry and the preparing for the pigs.
Starting the incubator in February, we need to get our table bird stocks up and have decided on a specific breed to cross with our big cockerel to hopefully produce some nice big birds.
I'm hoping to have a poly tunnel by April time frame and that means agreeing on the area it is going to live but we think we've decided. Preparing the ground for the poly tunnel won't be an overnight task (if we put it where I think we will).
We hope to really get to grips with heading in the right direction for being self sufficient in veg at least. Eating seasonally will be on my mind all year.
If we don't manage to this year, next year we need to put some sort of hard standing at the field gate entrance as it has turned to a quagmire already. There's more fencing to go up for the horses and stock fencing to keep the sheep in. There's gates to make to keep the ducks and geese separate (the geese beat the ducks up sometimes) instead of the pallets we have resting there at the moment.
Inside the house, I'd like to get the kids bedrooms done as my daughter at least, will be too old to enjoy the kids side of it in a year or two when she turns towards the dreaded teenage years.
Hopefully next year something will present itself in offering us more land too. I'll work on that by inviting all of the neighbours round at Christmas and cracking open the mulled wine!
These are my rambling thoughts for the day, not a great post for you guys as readers, for which I apologise, but useful for me. At least you all can keep tabs on my progress ;)
Have a lovely weekend all.
|This is the goose shed! The sheep are inspecting it....|
|See the difference? The horses are on the left side and this is only after a couple of days. The right side is resting.|
|The hard standing would need to be on both sides of the gate I think|