Saturday 11 June 2022

Rising From The Ground

 It has been a super busy time here, shutting down the scaffolding business in Bedfordshire is now complete and we are working on building up a small works scaffolding business here which is going well, this week has seen the last of the equipment and lorries transported here.

Along with another new venture being started

We had a trip out to collect some railway sleepers to be used for the base of the farm shop, the floor was then laid 

Then the came back to start erecting the building

Five hours later and we have a farm shop and office for Martin

We both love it now we just have to turn it into the dream, a partition wall will be going up giving Martin an office space that will be insulated, and the larger end will be our farm shop, we are putting in a commercial freezer and chiller for buffalo meat and pork products, surplus fruit and veg, we will also have plants, alpaca fleece sheep fleece, honey eggs, herbs, tanned sheep and goat hides and a few crafty bits.

I am really excited and hope to be open by the end of the month.

Yesterday was shearing day for the Alpacas and sheep

Jubilee weekend saw us doing a bit of a garden makeover

With the left over sleepers we have boxed in the lavender border that was getting trampled by dogs visiting children etc we are going to get more sleepers and edge all the garden borders with them.

We have another big project to get on the go really really soon, Martin’s elderly parents who live in France want to return to the U.K., we have offered them to come and live here,  so the next thing to do is remove all the leylandi  trees from the end of the garden giving us a 50 foot by 20foot space and bringing in a mobile home for them to live out there days. It will need to be a four season one with double glazing and gas central heating, we will fence across the garden giving them there own private space and own entrance leading onto the drive and they will have a small garden on hard standing with a few raised beds..

Tomorrow we are off mobile home shopping .

Other news on the health front, I have met with a skull base surgeon at Cardiff hospital who has now added me to his urgent list, all my pre op assessments have been done and now just waiting on a date, it will be about a five day stay in hospital and they are putting a drain in my spine to help reduce cranial pressure as the fracture in my crib form plate (one of the plates in your skull) repairs. Recovery will be long about 10 months, he said I will never get back to as I was before but be a lot better than I am now. My daily functionality is deteriorating and most days I spend more time laying down than doing anything, but still keep busy and get done what I can when I can. 

Things are very productive in the poly tunnels although I am behind with some things, new ducklings have arrived, the building work continues we are now at the next major stage, steels have arrived at last and now the corner of the kitchen has to be knocked out and a temporary roof go on, it’s going to be very messy and lots of chaos but I really want this part over with before I go into hospital.

That it for today folks take care everyone.


  1. Gosh, it's all happening for you right now. I am so relieved you have finally seen a specialist and have been put in the queue for surgery. There seems to have been no real urgency about it up till now though!

    I hope all the building work goes smoothly and WOW to the shop premises. Looking good.

    Wishing you well with all that's going on.

  2. Such a busy life. Hoping for a speedy recovery for you after the upcoming surgery. Sending good vibes. Take care of yourself. XXXXX

  3. Do you ever stop? The shop looks wonderful.
    Wishing you a speedy recovery and loads of improvement. xx

  4. That is certainly a lot to manage all at once Dawn - The shop looks amazing (although the word through me for a second - here, we know "railroad sleepers" as "railroad ties").

    Nothing but the best of wishes for the relocation of Martin's parents and your surgery.

  5. The shop looks wonderful and so nice to have an office as well. I hope your surgery is soon and it all goes well for you. Hugs.

  6. πŸ’šAll will be well my friend and I will be thinking of you πŸ’š xxx


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