Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Windmill Disaster

Our windmill fell down. It wasn't even particularly windy that day....The wooden fence must have ever so slightly broken it's fall because there is no damage other than a slight limp! We looked at the bolts at the base plate and some had sheared off. Rod was able to replace 3 bolts but one is still in the concrete! Just to be on the safe side he's attached a metal anchor arm from the tower to the ground--another Rod Invention!

Anchor bolts
It's up and behind are trampoline jumpers!

Monday, 22 April 2013

Please sign the petition urging Owen Patterson agriculture minister to vote to protect our bees sign the petition
Wood Wasp below  Bumble Bee above

Saturday, 20 April 2013

Blizzards cut the house and farm off
Frozen waterfall down the farm track

The stable covered in snow drift
The bracken on our farm is a real nuisance. It suppresses wild flowers and grasses. We've found a novel way of bashing it, which is the most efficient way of weakening it. A quad, pulling tractor tyres joined with chains, emulates a herd of oxen crushing the stalks.Supposedly in olden times, everyone would have collected the bracken for bedding and animals would have helped to trample it. On our farm the steep slopes pose a problem so not everywhere is accessible. Here you can see green coming through where it has been successful and brown on steeper parts which can't be got at other than heavy tramping! ,