We’re going on an adventure

We moved into the smallholding on January 15th of this year and it seems there are still lots of places I haven’t yet seen properly and lots to discover that changes with the seasons.  Let me show you what I mean.
I discovered this tree/bush right outside my back door that I had no idea was there.  I believe it is a quince tree?

 
It’s only about knee high, this is me looking down on it.
 
Steven tried it, it was very sour.

To the left of the patch where the quince tree is a gate which a wall now stands behind.  This wall now separates us from the neighbours.  The gate used to lead out to the working part of the farm, the old barns and stables. 
Between the gate and the wall
I’m wondering if this area is too shaded to have as a herb garden?  I’d like to do something with the space but I am not sure what.
 
So many huge pots outside of the very small brick barn.
This was left by the previous owners, we’re going to use the trough for the sheep

That’s the barn infront of Steven, our neighbours house to the right.
The other side of the barn, the wall to the right is newly built and is the neighbours.  I’m not sure why they left this passageway.
 

Part of the woods

Getting ready for Christmas

 

 These photos make up most of my thinking for the weekend.  What could we do with the space, what did people do with it before us?  How to make the most of it all….my mind is overflowing with ideas which is fabulous.
We’re also looking at the area where the polytunnel and new raised beds will go, more on that tomorrow.  I’m off to cook the chicken for our Sunday Dinner – sets us up for the working week ahead.

 

Heating went on and plans for the weekend.

This week has been peculiar.  Not necessarily in a bad way, but having the Halloween party Monday, then the kids had school discos on Tuesday meaning we didn’t get home until late, then Wednesday was the first night the clock change affected us as by the time we get home from school, it’s drawing in meaning we have limited time to get the horses out and do jobs that need daylight.  It won’t be long and we’ll have to do things by torchlight.  However it is lovely to have the daylight back on a morning.  I can’t believe how much more I notice these things now that we live here.  The weather and environment play such a big role on a smallholding.
The temperature dropped to 2C overnight earlier this week meaning that I put the heating on, to come on for a bit on a morning and when the kids are taking a bath at night.  Takes the chill off.

I have a sheep with a bad tummy to look after and a goose to be dispatched this weekend.  We’re also going to a local farmer’s auction as I’m after a tiller/rotivator, another incubator if there’s any on offer and whatever else they may have that would cost a fortune elsewhere.  My parents are coming to visit tomorrow night and we may have a little bonfire going for Guy Fawkes night that we can sit around and enjoy, but no fireworks obviously.  I’ll pick a few sparklers up for the kids so they can enjoy that safely and we’ll roast some marshmallows after our homemade curry that my Dad’s made.  Then Sunday we have some people coming for load of muck.  We’re invited out to lunch on Sunday so that will mean I don’t have to make Sunday lunch and clean up the kitchen afterwards – I’m not complaining.  I do love a Sunday lunch, time spent round the kitchen table with family, catching up, taking time out, looking at each other.  That’s sounds strange to say that but I think life sometimes ends up in a whirlwind, where we might be together but it’s the quality time together that’s the key.  You can’t beat a roast beef with Yorkshire pudding (google if you haven’t heard of them) dinner with bright green peas, carrots, cauliflower and roast potatoes!

What’s people’s thoughts on the traditional Sunday lunch, do you have a roast every week, or once in a while, or not bother at all? 

What the weekends are for.

Now that things are getting back to normal after the moving in/birthday party,  holiday and travel with work, I am pleased to report we have had a lovely weekend.
Having already decorated the snug, we have started to decorate our main living room. The house was built around 1850 and is a farmhouse. We would like to try and be as sympathetic to how the house would have been when it was built as we can. We’ve knocked out (well Ste has) the fire place that has be filled in over the years and yesterday we picked out a multi fuel stove to go in the space that he’s created. The space is how the fireplace was originally built as you can make out the natural space and the brick surround. It needs some TLC but once the stove is in place on the new flagstones that we have bought, it will look fabulous.
We haven’t decided on carpet or wooden floor but as the house is so cold I am veering towards a nice thick carpet.
The room will be the main more formal room (if this house can have one with 3 dogs, 2 kids and other animals whose bedding sticks to our clothes) as we use the snug during the week and to watch films in etc.
That’s what’s happening inside. Outside were having to do more fencing sooner than planned as the pony has decided to jump the stock fencing that’s in place and now I am worried he will get hung up on it. Eventually we will replace all the fencing here but I was thinking over a few years, not months! Anyway we have some posts left over from the last fence and they are going in soon as there is a priority section as the horses have leant on what’s there almost snapping it.
Today we had Sunday lunch and I am mightily impressed with Steven and myself as we pulled off a tasty and mostly homegrown dinner. The chicken, broccoli, cauliflower and cabbage were all raised by us. We had strawberries to follow and have gooseberries and rhubarb ready to make more jam with. The rhubarb and ginger jam I made last month went almost immediately despite me saying I was making the first preserve to see us through the winter!! It didn’t make it out of spring.
I have all the ingredients to make more, now I need to find the time. Happy Sunday everyone.