The Podcast!!! Episode 1!!

 
This morning I shared the first of the Tyddyn Bryn podcasts!!! There is episode one up on YouTube!! 

Here are the show notes!

Welcome, and explanation of Tyddyn Bryn and the short series of videos….. Namely because of small man!!

Knitting:

Currently working on… Vanilla socks for James with a partridge heel in Crazy Zauberball yarn I bought at Loop.

A Deco Brioche mug mat, by Lesley Anne Robinson for the Pinsandneedles newfangled makealong 

A hat for William in sirdar snuggly four ply, which just needs ears then I’ll write up the pattern!

The WIP walk of shame….

17 UFOs discovered when I trawled my stash…. 17!!!!! They are all on my Ravelry page (I’m on there as Tyddyn Bryn) the one of note is the daydreamer I’m knitting for William! Pattern by Jennifer Steingass on Ravelry, paid for pattern.

Sewing:

Two FOs the bedroom curtains and a pair of trousers for William. The Barcelona joggers by IKatee patterns. Fabric from Ray Stitch in London.

Acquisitions:

Simplicity 1080 pattern for a linen tunic

Merchant and mills book

Lotte Jansdottir book 

Kafia ole sock yarn

Janome over locker

Shop update… 
There are also two farm tour videos!!

Farm tour part one

Farm tour part two

26 books

Aka one book for reed two weeks of this year!!! Sooo before Cheeky was born I read a bit of a book every night without fail…. Since he was born I have not picked a book up….. So now that he is starting to sleep some more in his own cot not the cosleeper…. I’m going to try this challenge!! 

  
Here are some of the books that have made my potential list this year!!

   
    
    
   
 Some are in print some are on kindle!!! Admittedly some I’ve started previously and all bar Game of Thrones will be restarted, I’m on about book five of seven there…

I also have two Tara Swiger books to read, map your business and market yourself….

So far I have read The start up guide….To completion! So that could fall under female Author or book to improve an area of my life…. 

I’ve started to read Duane Elgins Voluntary Simplicity… So let’s see how I manage!! Baby… That thinks sleep is for the weak….. Returning to work… Sorting the smallholding… I think I can manage  a book every two weeks!!!

Furnishings delivery!!

So as well as all the bathrooms being stored upstairs we now have a three piece suite in the bedroom, a sofa bed in the tin but, a chair bed in the tin but, work surfaces for the kitchen and utility in the tin hut and kitchen units in a dry horse box!!!!!

   
    
    
   
  

Belated post of Easter shenanigans 

A week sure went fast over Easter!!!   

                 

  

Work in the woods!! In what will be the forest school area!!!

   

Starting hazel hurdle fences….

  

Rendering the end of the house….

  

Concreting a hole in barn three’s floor….

        

Burning wood to make charcoal…

  

Willows arrived and planted….

  

Rendering drying…. Oh yes and slate look cement sills!!!!

 

Daffs in bloom…

 

The ever expanding wood pile….

  Lots of insulation…..

  

  A pile of old gator tyres!!!! The gator has new ones and will now go all sorts of new places!!!!

  Mulched fruit trees….

  Willow in the slurry pit…. Down the run off stream and down the pipe stream bank….

  Willows and hazel babies planted out to set some roots while we decide where to plant the extras!!!!!

  

  Charcoal….

  A filled hole…..

   

 Tiles delivered!!!!

Phew!!!!!!

The West Country Game fair

Last weekend we went down to the Bath and West Showground for the West Country game fair!! They had a small smallholders area too where we met some lovely and interesting people!! Who given the distance between the Bath and West and our holding were happy to share some of their hints tips and expertise!! We found out that it might not be that difficult to license our cider if we produce any from our orchard!! One chap even does the same as I have planning out his orchard etc though mine is sooooo rough it’s not ready for sharing just yet!!! But soon!!!!



I like the way he has used the apple trees in the field boundaries on his  five and a half acres holding and I think it may make a good agroforestry system for us in the bigger fields should we decide to divide them later!! And I think we need to look at getting in some crab apples fairly soon, along with our willows!!

I barely took any photos, but we met the most dense population of spaniels and Labradors in the world and found some yummy goodies to bring home!! Including peanut butter fudge cake!!!! Which was amazing and I need to work out how to make that goodie!!! James had a shotgun lesson with the chaps on the BASC stand.





We watched working dog displays, met some lovely hawks (one very fidgety small hawk who I tried to photograph and it kept coming out blurry)  We looked at lots of lovely produce and craft stands and I even picked up some knives for spoon and bowl carving!! 



Two lovely Mora knives!!!! Now I just need to get to the holding so I can get my hands on the woods supplies to start!! 

Sookie our little spaniel was far better at this game fair than she had been at previous shows and didn’t spend the whole time hiding between mine or James’ legs!! 

We spoke to the chestnut coppice people about whether chestnuts would grow at our holdings elevation… Maybe, we shall try introducing some chestnut into the new planting we have planned see if they take!! 

We met the Rare Breeds Survival trust and found another contact to see what would work for us on our holding…

Spoke to a chap about a dog poo wormery!! Definitely worth a look if you bag and tag all your dog poo for the bin and it trots off to landfill!! You can also put in the kitchen waste for the worms too!! thinking I may get a small bin to try in Newport….

And we also chatted to the people that put out the Smallholder Magazine that James and I subscribe to!!! Country Smallholding. Now do I contact the editor as requested!!! Oo nervous excitement!!!

Overall I am left with an overwhelming urge to get back to the holding and work my little socks off!!! Planting, harvesting, wood carving….. Oh and to visit Coeden Fach to look at locally sourcing some trees for our new plantings and works!! 

Farthest rough pasture

On our last drain clearing expedition we discovered a partly grown over old gate opening into the farthest part of the rough pasture!!

As yet there is no gator access here which means any wood haulage would be wheel barrowed over the pipe steam and then gatored onwards to the barn for splitting and storing….. Ugh…. We know how long that takes!!! So we may reopen this and gate it as it means a gator access directly onto the top of the furthest rough from the lane!!!

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And besides we have a ton of gates we have found about the place!!!