Monday 11 April 2016

Do You Know What It Is Yet ?

There was a lot going on over the week end,
I am breaking it down into several posts,
Otherwise it would be a long post of biblical proportions.
Everything we were doing we had animals overseeing everything

 Here is the start of one of the week-end projects
 First we had to lay down a big sheet of membrane 
Sol was very good at helping to hold it down
Laying the membrane in the wind was great fun
It has been held down with big staple pegs,
the membrane and pegs came with the poly tunnel,
I didnt need to buy any.
 Next it was marking out,
Can you guess what it is yet ?
It had to be marked out properly.
4m wide.
 Then I could start laying out my rods
they had to be spaced 40cm apart
Have you got it yet?
 Rods in place, make a hole in the ground with a long screw driver
push in a rod, nothing difficult
Thats it all in place,
Can you guess?

The rods are willow, 
I have made a start with planting a living willow dome.
A local friend has just bought West Wales Willow
and is supplying me with the means of making a willow dome.
The next stage will take place end of Autumn,
that is when the weaving poles go in, 
The whole structure will take a couple of years to establish,  
The willow rods will put down roots and put on growth this summer, double rods mark the door way.
It is going to be a lovely large living structure, once starting to grow, it will be covered with wood chip and other planting will take place around it, including a big pond, 
I am going to position a wooden bench inside as well.
A secluded peaceful corner. 
I am hoping to do some willow tunnels leading to it. 

West Wales Willow as well as providing  willow for living structures, provide willow bundles for weaving, Justine also runs willow weaving workshops. They are a lovely couple and I am sure they will do very well with there venture.


  1. Sometimes I wish I could hit fast forward to see these type of projects when they are established. willow structures are amazing, I hope it all goes well for ou, which I am sure it will

  2. You never cease to amaze me. You think of something and do it. You and Martin are obviously very in tune with each other. Love the way the animals are helping the curiosity is palpable.

  3. Interesting. How fast do the willow typically grow?

  4. Is there no end to your talents or ideas? Fantastic.

  5. Our neighbour made a willow dome a couple of years ago, and it looks like it is doing alright, but when I said to Lester that I thought that they were a good idea, he sort of looked at me blankly, then commented that he would rather plant a couple of fruit tree! day, perhaps!

  6. What a lovely plan. I look forward to seeing it get established. BTW, thank you SO much for the card and beautiful redwork embroideries (destined for cushions I think). It was so thoughtful of you.

  7. Looking great Dawn - can't wait to see how much they grow this year. The variety you have should grow approx 7 foot by the end of the season. :)

  8. Wow, that's going to be stunning when it's grown and what a talking point too. Good boy Sol for holding the membrane down! x

  9. Have never heard of anything like this Dawn - but I must say I rather like the whole idea and shall be interested to see how it progresses.

  10. Wow, your place just gets better with each project.

  11. Oh wow what a fantastic thing to start making. I'm sure it will look amazing once the willow grows xx

  12. Looking forward to seeing this progress...a friend made one once, then moved, but for the next week or so I'm still living next door to where it is...billowing in the wind! x

  13. I have never heard of these structures either so will be following intently on it's progress.

  14. I look forward to seeing the willow dome when it's in leaf.


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