Sunday 11 April 2021

Builds Builds and More Builds


We are starting the building work on the house this week, the accommodation for our builder was collected yesterday, Martin’s brother is going to be the resident builder and arrives end of the week. 

A friend and myself are going to do this with the caravan , to make it more appealing to look at, and I am going to over time re fit out the inside.
First part of the build will be building a temporary laundry and storage area in the barn, then the leaky cold utility room can come down footings dug water and drainage re routed.
Then the big stuff, extending out the kitchen, a big walk in pantry, boot room and wet room.
This is the utility room to the left that’s coming down and the kitchen will be extended out 8 ft beyond the end of the house and filling this space.
This shows were the walk in pantry will be, the pot marks how far out the extension is coming 

Happy days, so much chaos and destruction can’t wait until it’s all done, I don’t cope well with disruption and workmen around. 

Also we have to get up the new big 50ft polytunnel

It’s going here the black poles are marking the area.

My stair case has been built for to get up to the storage area  above the log store

Underneath the stairs will be for kindling, upstairs will be all the stuff I have to move for the build in plastic containers, the sheets of ply are going to used for the ceiling.

When the kitchen is all complete next is a purpose built cattle shed at the bottom of the field incorporating, hay a straw storage, and a storage area for all the machinery and implements., we are keeping everything crossed this will all be done before winter sets in again.

Sunday 4 April 2021

It Is Not A Good Year So Far

 We have had some rough times this year, it can only get better I keep telling myself.

Thelma kidded a lovely set of triplets, Elvis our Billy has proven to be a great dad, 

Then a few days later Bunty produced a smashing pair of twins

That just left Connie who seemed to be growing bigger by the minute 

Eventually two weeks later she produced a lovely set of triplets, 
All our kidding was finished for the year, seven lovely little kids, 4 girls 3 boys, all feeding fine.

Then disaster struck

48 hours after Connie delivered, we went to do the morning feeds and sadly found Connie curled up in the corner she had passed away.

We don’t know why, there had been no signs of anything wrong, everything seemed normal after the delivery.

Leaving behind three little screaming orphan kids.

We brought the kids up to the house to warm up and get some milk into them, getting them to take a bottle was a challenge but lots of small offerings throughout the day we had some success, the little boy kid was reluctant to feed and seemed sleepy, I popped him down to vet who checked him over, got some electrolytes into him etc and he perked up.

Sadly we lost the little boy over night.leaving behind the two little girls.while this was going on we had another loss, Mr Stanley the stag Turkey he was being over amarous with Mrs Stanley and keeled over with a heart attack.

Mrs Stanley Pinned for the next few days losing here life long mate was hard, we rehomed her to some one else who had turkeys.

The little kids are still doing fine and have taken to the bottles well, they are back in the goat house with all the others we have set up a heat lamp for them and all the kids snuggle in there together.

Losses are always hard it’s part of keeping livestock, you can’t win all the battles