Lots of trees. and not just the ones we’ve planted. We’ve got an acre of Christmas trees, which are now about 50ft high, and several acres of native forest, mostly Alder with some Ash and Beech.
So making something out of it all seems sensible, especially as Jackie has lots of idea for wooden structures: seats, buildings, raised beds etc, so a sawmill seems sensible.
Well, we have the sawmill, but nowhere to put it. So the plan is to re-use some of the timber and wriggly-tin from the the old office barn to make a new structure. We had a space made last year, but a few weekends of using the sawmill has highlighted the need for more space around the sawmill, as well as a hard surface underfoot. This is needed because I’m going to be very naughty and use the digger as a crane. And this would tear-up a non-concrete surface.
Enter the digger, to make a bigger space to put the new shed:
With a concrete surface, we can get started making a sawmill.
2016 is starting the same way that 2015 ended – with rain.
No chance of getting out onto the farm at the moment – even driving over grassy fields leaves two muddy tracks. Doing it twice, and we risk getting stuck.
So we had a walk around, to see how many stray sheep we’re entertaining.
This is the one which BT OpenReach have been trying to replace since May 2015. Apparently, its so far away from the road that they can’t doing it, owing to the bad weather. And I do mean the pole in the middle of the picture. And you wonder why rural broadband is an issue.
Jackie concentrated on putting some paint on the walls, to make the inside look a bit more friendly, whilst I was in the Stone Barn, trying to get ready for New Year, by blocking up the major holes in the walls (with perspex), and installing a wood burner. None of your fancy woodburners here: these came from Hereford, from a very friendy chap who’s firm makes them on site. £200 for a 12kW stove can’t be bad. It’s a top-loading, very simple design, but it pumps out a huge amount of heat, and burns down to a tiny amount of waste. Should come in useful at New Year.
Next challenge is to to get a more practical vehicle for use on the farm. We’re looking a 4×4 pickup, like a Ford Ranger, or a Toyota HiLux. Not very glamorous, but sensible. Land Rovers might be ok later, but for now something more prosaic is needed.
Also noticed lots of sheep wandering about the place. Yes, I know this is Wales, but i’ve still no idea whose sheep they are.