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We put up an 8ft x 20ft polytunnel in May 2013. We put two 8ft x 4ft raised beds down one side and then racking on the other side – it was only 8ft wide so we couldn’t put raised beds on both sides. While it worked, it was the most efficient use of space and the raised beds were a little too wide to reach the back (while not standing in the raised bed itself).
We decided to make the existing raised beds slightly narrower (by cutting down the existing raised beds) and to put them on both sides of the polytunnel. While this gives us slightly less growing area, it is a better use of the overall space and it is much easier to reach the back of the beds (particularly if you have short arms!).
We (actually I mean Jo!) also seem to be a bit more organised this year in terms of sorting out what we want to grow and when it needs to be planted. Rather than deciding on what we want to grow about 2 months after it should have been sown.
Even though we have only just started the process we seem to be generating a lot of paperwork. Plans, photographs, brochures and bills. We decided to keep a large A4 diary since the start of the project and that has worked quite well until now. However, we are starting to struggle to keep on top of all the paperwork, particularly since we took ownership (and now have a set of utility bills to pay. Times two!).
So it was time to invest in a filing cabinet. A simple, cheap two drawer filing cabinet. Top drawer is for all the material that relates to the design of the renovation. The bottom drawer is for all the information that relates to the running of the property – utility bills, council tax, etc.
It feels much better to have everything tucked away in the right place.
It is the Northern Homebuilding and Renovating show this weekend in Harrogate. We are intending to go on Saturday. Never been before. In fact, I have never been to any sort of home show (ideal or otherwise), so it will be interesting to find out more.
Links to the show are here.
I have spent the past couple of weekends clearing out much of the undergrowth and old trees from the orchard. I haven’t cut down any of the fruit trees, but I have taken out the other trees that had grown in between. It must have been years since any of this land was cared for. I can’t believe how much I have taken out of such a small piece of land. This space looks so mucher bigger now. I have left all of the sheds in place (for now) – there are two fairly large sheds here.
|Stihl 017 Chainsaw – Newly Serviced!|
I did get my chainsaw serviced during the week and this has made a tremendous difference. Rapid Hire Centre in Honley (my local Stihl dealer) serviced it same day as well as fitting a new chain. I notice that they have also turned the guide bar over so it wears equally on each side (hence the Stihl logo on the guide bar is now upside down). They have done a great job and are local – very local. Shame their website doesn’t mention that they are a Stihl dealer plus their latest catalogue is 2010.
I am not a great fan of chainsaws. Pretty dangerous and things can go spectacularly (and disastrously) wrong if you aren’t careful. They need to be treated with care and respect. I tend to plan the cuts, clear the area, make the cut and then turn the chainsaw off before clearing the area and starting the process all over again. This means that the work is slow and methodical, but it also means that there is no debris in the area to trip over (I don’t even want to think about falling over carrying a running chainsaw!).
There’s probably another day or so’s work here to tidy things up. As well as the over grown trees in the orchard, there is a large tree in the one corner with what appears to be storm damage. This needs tidying up. I made a start, but the light was fading fast.
The smaller upper branches are now on a rather large bonfire. The more substantial pieces have been cut up into logs. It will be a year or so before they are ready to burn, but I am sure that I can find a good home for them!
Apparently, none of the cottages were on the mains water supply until the 1970’s. Until that point, water was collected from a spring 200m down the road using a barrel and a well barrow! Seems a bit difficult to believe in this day and age when we take running drinking water for granted.
But there is something here that doesn’t stack up. Why would someone in the 1750’s build three cottages where there was no water supply? It is fairly common for old properties in the area to have their own well. Often very deep – 40-50ft would not be unusual. But there is no sign of a well on the property at all today.
So where might it have been? I can’t imagine that it would have been at the rear of the property since there is no sign of any doors or access on that side. I can’t imagine that it is going to be directly in front of the cottages as this area forms a sort of farmyard. The access has not changed over the years so it looks like it has always been a farmyard.
So the only other option is that it has to be located some where in the front of the property, beyond the farmyard, and in (what is now) the orchard. But still no sign. But it must be there somewhere. Surely.
Here’s some more images of the property as it is today. You will have seen photos of the property elsewhere on the site (see here), as well as the architects drawings of the existing elevations (see here). However, the below image is a pseudo 3D view produced using Microsoft Photosynth. The image below will allow you to scroll left-right as well as up-down.
There was taken on an early (and view cold October) morning. The sun is very strong and you can see my shadow in the foreground of the image. This image was constructed using Photosynth running on an iPod Touch.
You may need to install Microsoft Silverlight to be able to view the image.
One of the things that I wanted to do recently was add keywords to this blog so that it is more easily listed by the search engines. I had assumed that there was going to be a simple way of adding these in the blogspot control panel. Unfortunately not. It needs to be done manually. Here’s how.
1. First, sign in to blogger; at Dashboard, click “Layout” tab; then click “Edit HTML”.
2. Find this line of code :
You could press Ctrl+F to use “Find” function of your browser.
3. Copy three line below and paste after the line we found at step 2.
4. Replace the words in red with your appropriated content.