Fences

A few weeks ago I mentioned that Jake, one of the ponies decided to hop out of his field and into another one which he shouldn’t be in, so we discussed putting a fence up when finances allowed.  Then on Friday, next door’s cows broke into the field.  It was only a matter of time.  The main problem with them doing this is firstly, my horses were in there and I have no idea how would mingle.  My horses are girls and the cows are forever mounting each other which my girls wouldn’t take kindly too.  The second problem is I don’t have lots of land (compared to the farmer) so cows churning up my field is not on the acceptable list.  The farmer is our neighbour and he was lovely about it.  Certainly nothing more he could have done other than fix the fence and hope it doesn’t happen again.  He offered to move the cows if it does happen again but let’s hope it doesn’t come to that. 
We have specific savings that we allocate to jobs like this and we’ve now saved up enough to get cracking with this mini fence project.  It won’t be a super quick job as we need to fit it in around working full time and the usual running of the smallholding.  That said, Steven started on the smaller section of fence on Sunday and all in all it took him only 2 hours to remove the broken stock fencing that was there and replace it with a lovely new post and rail fence.  The plan now is to continue this fence along to the edge of the field, then save up again to do the next section.  We’ll leave the cows and the ponies to dictate which section that will be during the next drama!

I’m really pleased and proud of this job, I think he’s done a cracking job.

Here’s a quick photo to show the ponies making the most of being in their stables after their tiresome antics in the field!

New tack / storage room

My gorgeous husband has outdone himself again. He’s managed to put a new tack room up over the last 2 days. This means all the stuff I have, my worldly horsey belongings, now have a home.  At the moment they are stacked around the barn in a fashion that means I never know where anything is.  Thank you. It’s the best valentine’s gift ever.
 
 
Staying on horsey news, sorry for any non horsey people, we managed to get them all in the field for a little while over the weekend. This is a big deal for us and is a huge step forward. I’m really pleased we paid to get the fence done instead of trying to tackle that one ourselves. Great job on the fence too by a firm in Durham.
 
 
This afternoon I spent an hour with my daughter planting the next lot of seeds. We have put in more tomatoes including the beefsteak which I am really hoping make it, aubergine, onion seeds, more cauliflower, mint and chives. I’ll then take the advice of notjustgreenfingers and Caroline from thehousehoarder and plant them in pots so they don’t become unruly. Thanks guys.
 
We have also candled the eggs that are in the incubator and we think we’re on for 15 of the 18. 3 were duds and went the distance. They are due on Saturday and I can’t wait for their arrival.
 
The geese have settled in magnificantly and merrily wander around the smallholding all day. They love their water, which at the moment is a kids paddling pool and they happily chat along to each other all day. We are still not sure if they are the boy and 2 girls we asked for but they are lovely all the same.  I love this life :).
 

What a lovely day

Today I was lucky enough to be working from home.  So on my lunch hour I went outside and after tending to the horses, I weeded the next veg bed along.  The soil was lovely though clumped together in parts due to the amount of rain we have had.
Today’s “new smallholder” question is… Does anyone have one of these greenhouse temperature controls are, or know how they work?  I suppose I know how it’ll work, I just can’t find the power for the blooming thing.  The wires leave the greenhouse in the general direction of the house but where they end up is anyone’s guess.  It may not even work for all I know.  Though I would be surprised as the previous owner’s have taken good care of the place.
Another ‘what is it’?  Friend or foe of the veg plot?  I am uploading from my phone so for info it is the picture of the bug  I will have a google and find out.
Today sees the start of the fence going up.  We’ve paid for a firm to come in and do it.  It means it will be up in 3 days opposed to the 3+ weeks it would take us.  Here’s what it looked like at 7:30 this morning.  Wasn’t it a lovely bright morning.  It was only a week ago, less even, that 7:30 was still a dark hour of our morning’s here in the North East. Spring is on the way and it feels great.
Our eggs are on day 10 in the incubator today.  I can’t wait until these cuties hatch and are ready to join our 10 in Chickenville.  A while off for that yet of course. I have just realised we will have fluffy chicks for Easter!