This weekend we were very busy with family joining us on Saturday evening and friends on Sunday. We had to fit in all of the usual jobs plus put the polytunnel up too. So Saturday we set to work. I did the usual horses and house jobs then joined Ste with the polytunnel. He started putting the frame together in the barn. The weather wasn’t very kind on Saturday but he soldiered on. I was asked to hold this, lift that and straighten the other. In no time at all we had the frame up.
Buddy helped out where he could making sure he checked the bucket’s didn’t have anything worth eating in them and having the odd drink or 2.
Ryan supervised the whole situation.
Day 2 saw the cover go on. This is where it started to get tricky. It was very tight and I can see the zips ripping in no time. We managed it though and as it has a 12 month guarantee I’ll be sure to keep that in case I need to get a new one.
Then being amazing, Ste knocked up a couple of raised beds and attached them to the frame that’s there (this is how we put the PT up, this is not what’s in the manual). The weight of that wood will not let that frame go anywhere. We also dug a trench around the polytunnel and buried the cover in it.
All in all I am really pleased. I think it looks great and it’s ready to provide us some food in the coming year.
In between holding and lifting, I sowed some seeds, clipped off some of the strawberries that I’d taken from runners and forgotten about and gave some of the veg plot a tidy up, giving the chickens their treats too.
I also finally got my potatoes chitting.
|My beautiful daughter and a tired Rodney|
|You can see that smile too, right?|
|Jack was mightily impressed that he found a sticker which he was sure would lead to treasure!|
|Rodney enjoying the walk|
When we got back it was time to get on with some more jobs. Grace had rode both ponies on the morning and had put the jump back down to jump the dogs over them to have some fun whilst she was waiting for me. There’s a large tree and part of it had come down whilst we were out walking. It was super windy, but I’m glad it didn’t come down whilst she was riding!
|I couldn’t resist taking this, such a pretty sight or am I cracking up?|
|Dwarf beans, lovely!|
|Purple podded peas and late picked broad beans|
Whilst tea was cooking, it was time to make sure Buddy got a walk out too. He doesn’t go on a lead now, ever. It was part of what I wanted when we moved away from a main road. He doesn’t go far and isn’t the fast dog that he used to be. The lane in the background is literally outside our gates. We’re so lucky to be able to open the gates and let him have a wander. Grace makes sure he’s safe and I’m sure he keeps an eye on her too 😉 Both under my watch of course.
|Today’s eggs haul|
|This is my first attempt at plaiting onions Maybe they needed longer to dry out but I couldn’t wait.|
|Last of the year’s rhubarb|
Oooh and 4 sleeps left until my last day, 5 until I’m waking up off work!