Thursday, 23 June 2022

Feel Like We Have Slapped In The Face

 Yes seriously a big slap in the face, 

after spending weeks juggling budgets, 

Trips to France 

Putting our plans on hold,

Endless visits viewing mobile homes, 

Time spent away when we had so much going on here

We found the perfect mobile home for Martins parents it was above the budget we set but hey it’s for his parents to be comfortable in for the remainder of there days.

We put down a deposit told them all about it, did a video and sent to them 


They watched the video then called us the next morning.

They have changed there mind, unbelievable.

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.

Saturday, 30 April 2022

Dealing With An Egg Glut

 They keep saying about an egg shortage but my girls don’t watch the news and continue to lay along with the duck gang, prices of eggs are rising in the shops but our eggs at the gate have stayed the same price for now

£1 for chicken eggs and £1.50 for duck eggs 

But sales have dropped off leaving me with a glut of eggs to use up.

I no sooner use them up and some asks if I have any eggs as the shop had run out, typical buy from the shop then when they don’t have any think I just keep eggs for them.

Two big jars of pickled eggs were done 34 eggs in total


Then it was on to the duck eggs

3 different quiches gave me the chance to add bits of ham, and veg etc from the bottom of the fridge, 6 eggs in each quiche 


When I run out of pastry it was frittata using up 10 eggs spinach ham peppers


Then there was some sausage meat left in the freezer from when we did sausages that got used with another 6 eggs for scotch eggs.

While I was in the freezer rummaging around found a portion of curried mince lamb so that got pulled out and made into some pasties for lunches.

Plenty of grab and go lunches available now, it’s a busy time of year and sometimes you just don’t want a sandwich, or I haven’t made any bread, .

Now I have Martin at home a lot more he needs feeding.

More news on the home front, next week I have an appointment with the surgeon, the farm shop and Martin’s new office also arrives next week, almost all the yard stuff from the business is here Martin just has two more lorry loads to bring up, then it will be the big sort out, we have already started listing lorries on eBay.

On the farm front we have started milking the goats again, the buffalo are now back out on grass


And we have collected another two hives of bees to replace the two we lost last year to wasp attacks.


That’s it for now be back soon, take care everyone.

Friday, 25 March 2022

Time To Share Our Big News


 Spring has sprung at Stickle Tarn, blossom on the fruit trees are alive with bees, which is great to see and seed sowing is on the way, but I am holding back on the reins with planting out, a bit of Spring sunshine gives a false sense of security, we still have very cold frosty nights, we could still get snow, so I am just taking it easy and enjoying the warmth of the sun.

WHATS BEEN HAPPENING 

SUCH A LOT 


Our goats have kidded, 

we have four lovely little bouncy kids, 

who always bring a smile to your face.

We are not lambing this year.

So what else is going on 


The building work is now coming on a storm which is a great relief to see and now we can see what we have, pop over to the Building page for a full update on what went wrong.

Martin has a new to us tractor this makes a big jobs easier you can see it here on this video


  I suppose I should tell you of our BIG NEWS this is life changing stuff for us.

In two weeks time Martin will be here full time, yes at last after 8 years of working away my husband will be at my side here on the smallholding.

We have been selling off our scaffolding business in Bedfordshire, he wont be fully retired just yet but no more working away, well perhaps the occasional night, we will be running a small works scaffold business from here and the past year has been getting the word out and small jobs have been done, Equipment has been moved up here that will be needed along with a couple of trucks.

Of course he will need an office to work from 


And this what is going on here, clearing a space for an office and a

FARM SHOP

Yes Stickle Tarn is going to have a little farm shop, a place we can sell our Buffalo Meat, plants, veg, eggs along with other things we produce here on the smallholding. 

On the subject of Buffalo meat, we have been working with a local butcher Mark Webb who is taking on some of our meat and also making burgers and sausages from it. 


Lots of big changes afoot 2022 is going to be an exciting year for us,

I hope it is for you too.

Tuesday, 8 February 2022

An Update is in Order

 I thought an update was in order, I am still battling with my health issue, my first hospital appointment with the surgeon was cancelled we drove for an hour just walked in the hospital doors and they phoned to cancel so it was back in the car and drive home again, we were both very disappointed  as we thought we were getting somewhere.

Anyway there was nothing we could do about it just suck it up.

I have now got another appointment next week fingers crossed this one will go ahead.

My GP did tell me results of the CT scan, it showed a hole in the skull, as it’s not his field he couldn’t really comment much more. 

I have good days we’re I feel somewhat normal and can get on with chores and try and play catch up on jobs, then I will be floored by bad days we’re I struggle to do anything and spend a lot of time laying down , bedtime is worse the nights are long and I toss and turn, which of course results in a battle with fatigue the following day.

I have been getting some things done a bit of canning


Training Poppy


Feeding Buffalo


And the freezers were given a big overhaul


I hope everyone is keeping well andI will update again after my hospital visit.