A poorly baby limited our plans last weekend….. *sigh* the poor little man…. So I’ve missed one o my best friends Hen dos…. And there has been no podcasting time for me…. No sewing time….. And realistically not much knitting time….. I’m only up to almost the heel on my second Heath sock…..
However, at the farm our little man that can has been back!!!
And we now have drainage in the pit of doom!!! So it’s going to be able to be planted up with vegetables and fruit canes and bushes etc!!!!
Hurrah and pass the seed catalogues!!!
The other week James, helped by my nephew (who was digging for treasure and tunnels!!) dug out the drain hole between barns two and three…..
The Hugely heavy drain cover was hauled off….
The poo, mud and oil dug out of the drain…..
A jet wash pipe shoved down to see if it was clear and where it came out….
A hole dug the other side of the wall in the bank of the slurry pit to find the other end of the drain…..
and we think we have solved the mystery…..
James and Geoff also fixed the downpipe on barn one!! Yay no more splashing across the yard!!!
James and his father spent a few days last week sorting out the giant cavernous drain hole in our yard, which we have had a black pallet over to prevent someone falling in for over a year now!!
Brickwork, cementing, bolts, a heavy duty grate which we had already in the hole, but was way too small for the opening….. oh yes and James and Geoff had two little “helpers” in the form of our niece and nephew saying “Uncle James can we ride in the tractor!?” (meaning the Gator, but they would not believe it wasnt a tractor)
Hurrah a safe drain, that was then tested later in the week by a few rain deluges!!! and its FAB!!!!!
I wake very early, especially considering it was Easter Sunday, but the dawn chorus was LOUD, not surprising when you think that the little tin hut’s windows are ill fitting corrugated plastic and plastic bags!!!! I sat in the lounge area of the little tin hut and read some of the Gwlad magazines that the previous owner had left and gleaned some interesting pieces of information. Mum and Dad arrived from their B and B at about half nine, whilst I was being brave and trying out the hovel’s shower!!! Hot but weak, so with all my hair it took an age to rinse the shampoo out!!!
We started the day sorting out some of the issues in the triangle of doom, mainly by digging out the ditch by the drain and ensuring it was clear so that it might actually take some of the water under the road not down it in times of heavy rain!!
It was at this point I realised that we had one decent spade with us and that was in use in the hole… So I got bored and wandered off to take some photos!!
The view of the house as you come up the road….
An exciting one now… The drain above stream pipe! Yes Dad don’t think even putting an iron trough there makes it drinkable water!!!
Stream pipe as seen from above… Picture it now without brambles and bordered with willow pollards!!
Bank side plants….
The blue being vinca the other I forget….
And a few compulsory view shots!!
Although to be fair I was probably trying to get a onto on my phone of the buzzards or red kites swirling about in the sky!! Fail!!!
We left the woodland and continued our wanderings around Big Field. If we cut the briars in the corner of Big Field/Orchard we will have another good access point, which would save us getting caught up on the Blackthorns, as Mum did!!
We walked back up the hedge line and stopped at Orchard (or what will be our orchard) and Big Field Gate. There are some areas here in the banked hedgerow that we need to rebank and also this hedgerow needs laying! That will be a big job come the winter! We also decided that it might be a good plan to remove this gate from Big field into Orchard entirely as we dont want our wooly friends accessing our baby trees when we plant them next year!! We should just build a stile into the field and reinstate the banking/hedgerow in this section! On our way out of Big Field we noticed some hedgerow creep into the field and decided that it would be worth noting them for movement later back into the hedgerow in the gaps mentioned around the place!!
When we came back out of Big Field our neighbour was diggin out some of the wormery compost from Holding Field, so we stopped for a chat. Turns out he is a friend of th chap we saw in the windows and doors showroom and he said that they were “expensive, but worth it!” Walking back past the barns we met our close neighbour erecting fencing panels, which we thought initially were to obscure the view of our gorgeoous Azzy Barns!!
But later we discovered that a Baby St Bernard was probably the real reason! Chatting with our neighbour we discovered several things about the property. The spring water dries up every year!!! Argh!!! that has sent us running for bore hole quotes!!! he also has a borehole which he reckons is fantastic. He also said that all the farms up here have fantastic septic tanks and if possible we should not touch ours, other than to connect the new barn! his kitchen sink actually comes out into our septic, one of the bizarre issues from when the original farm was divided up! Our neighbour also discussed some drainage and access issues that he and some others had had with the previous owner! all concerning a triangle of grass opposite the front of the property, which upon checking is not even on our land, it seems to be classed as public highway! The farmer who owns the hill fields needs better access to the hill track opposite and the water gushes down the hill track in times of heavy rain and can make the road impassable. Some more things to check out then!!
On our way back to Hovel for a cuppa Dad and James decided to nvestigate the triangle of discontent! They discovered that the old ditch and pipework and drainage grate, which should have taken the mountain track water under the road was so silted up and unmaintained that nothing was draining through it and everything was headed over the road! Another thing to add to the jobs list!!