What to do with this

This is the back of an outbuilding that we have.  Inside this we store the lawnmower and process the poultry but we’ve another idea for what we want to put in there.  I’ll post about that another time.
Today I am interested in the back of it.  What a waste of space.  It’s not as simple as it looks to find a solution though.  The sheep live here, so they will eat anything we plant.
Not only would the sheep eat anything, looking at the ground here, I’m not convinced we’re get a spade in it!

 Something, not sure what, is left over here.  There’s a semi circle that you can’t quite make out, but maybe something was planted in it years ago.  I’ll see if the neighbours know.

 Speaking of neighbours, I can’t put anything high in here as to the right we have the only part of our area that is overlooked by my lovely neighbours and I wouldn’t want to block their view.

So I am just not sure what to do here, it seems wasted and unloved.
If you stand with your back to the barn, you face our field, but before you get to the main field there is a mass of trees.  They are very pretty but in the way.  They will have been planted as a wind break or noise break but as we’re planting up the river bank with trees (which is directly behind these again), they aren’t required here.
The conker tree in the far left is very pretty
Access to the field is past the sheep, round the corner of the trees.
 We’re giving serious thought as what to do with these.  Some have come down an provided us with wood, others are being eaten by the sheep so will also come down.
Do we house animals in here, chickens, sheep, pigs, goats etc?  Do we pull them all down and turn it to grass to give us much needed extra grazing land?  The ideas go on.  It’s worth nothing there us a slope from the edge of the grass down to the field in which the trees are growing.  I’ll have a think over the weekend,  Have a good one everyone 🙂

Free firewood thanks to storm Angus

In the storm on Monday night a tree outside our field blew down.  It was only last night the farmer told me about it as I hadn’t been over there in the light on Tuesday.  He said it was a large one and asked if we wanted the wood for our log burners.  We jumped at the chance so this morning before we left for work, I dashed over with my old phone to get a couple of photos.  He said it was big but I didn’t realise how big.  It’s massive!  We’ll have our work cut out on this one.  The chainsaw won’t fit through its width, so it will have to be chopped from each side.  Just think how much wood we will get from it which is free heating for winters to come.  The chopped up wood can stay in the wood store and season until we’re ready to use it.  Combined with the wood we’re going to have from trees we’re taking down next year (and will replace with fruit etc trees elsewhere), we’ll have enough wood for the next few winters easily.  That’s a great feeling, as even if the price of oil rockets, we’ll still be warm.  Our boiler can run the water off the electricity instead of the oil if needed, so we’re covered for hot water and heat.

Grace included for sizing

It was just getting light as I took this, so not a great photo but you can make the length and girth of it

The fact the tree has fell so close to our buildings and animals however is a bit worrying, so we will be sure to check what other things could fall or break and injure something or someone in the event of another storm.

When we get round to chopping this up, I’ll do a blog post on it as I think it’ll be a full weekend’s work!

Frosty morning

I was a few minutes late for work this morning as I simply had to stop and take in the beautiful scene. Again, we feel so lucky to be here.

The logs are now in situ and will stay there until they are ready to be used. The next one has been picked for felling and will be done soon.
In the mean time Steven ‘s job of the week is to make a new tack/storage room in the barn next to the stables. He is starting that tomorrow after buying the wood needed to do it tonight. I think it is going to be a busy weekend!
PS the fence is done!