Open Afternoon

We are opening the doors to Boskins and Speight Cottage between 2pm and 5pm on Saturday 5th January for anybody who would like to have a look around and see exactly what all the builders were doing for 6 months in 2018, through rain, sun and snow.

Emergency repairs

Went out to one of our fields to move the donkeys electric fence – we keep them contained or as they will occasionally chase people out of the field (only if someone on the public footpath has a dog that runs ‘out of control’ around them – they have learnt by escorting (head down and push) the owner and the dog leaves 🙂 ).

Unfortunately we found that the ‘dry-stone’ wall to the road has half collapsed (some of the outer section still there). – I use dry-stone wall in quotes as the debris had a lot of concrete/mortar in it.



As with most jobs – it would have been easier to build from scratch rather than repair – but its a long wall!! – we also resorted to the assistance of some lime mortar to cushion some of the more awkward shaped stones – but the end result looks good and seems (fingers crossed) stable again.

norA few bits left over of course (my packing in the wall was less i suspect – and the mortar will have displaced  some as well.

After the storm the calm

A few hectic moments and worried looks as we weathered the storm of the last few days – before today showed autumn at its best.

Wind damage

A little too windy for my cattle feeder/manger.



But a few nails and a hand lifting it back up soon sorted things out – and managed some much needed repairs at the same time 🙂



Log Collection

A back straining weekend of log cutting and moving – 18 small trailer loads cut and moved (and various branches still with the donkeys and cooes to chew on)


To put this picture in scale – the larger logs in the foreground at 18-20 inches diameter

A little more to come out of the river – if it stays low and my chainsaw sharpener arrives 🙂


Another first to deal with … our first big Ash tree down – and straight into the river


Health and safety people look away now – using a chainsaw whilst stood in the river either on slippery rocks or on semi-floating logs whilst removing the branches was not the most safety “aligned” thing I have done – but I suppose I was very aware of it – so each choice and cut took a long time to get sorted. Along with roping each branch to prevent it flowing down river when ‘freed’ from its anchor.

Managed to get 90% of the foliage in – and shared between the Donkeys and Highland Cows (they both love the leaves and twigs – and the donkeys chew the bark


A few large limbs left to remove – hopefully the river is lower this weekend – and we can complete the work and maybe roll the trunk back towards the river bank to create a ‘big seat’  and free up the small beach that people love to play on as they walk past.

[No way my chainsaw can make it through the main trunk .. too big]