Since moving to Treathro, we have been documenting our story here on our blog. We have had all sorts of challenges along the way and are enjoying the ride

Since we arrived, the block wall in the yard has been getting in the way of the views a bit.  Blockwork is never the prettiest!  This is what it looked like…   Until… man with a sledgehammer got to work.  As always, our watch-word here is “safety”…  But not “safety-net”…Still need to clear the rubble, but...

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As winter is upon us, the dry pond is no longer dry.  Here’s a few of Debbie’s shots of the watery pond…  

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We have been removing the hanging slates from the outside on 2 elevations of the house.  These are not just slates, but slates that have been rendered over.  It’s our belief that a lot of the damp problems may be caused (or at least not helped) by damp being trapped behind these slates/render.  The water...

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6 big bales of barley straw delivered today from M&S Transport.  We had to wait for the tractor to arrive before we could receive the straw… these are bales that you don’t throw around by hand!       The gap between the old buildings was only just wide enough for these bales to get...

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Tractor Arrives!!

Well… the new New Holland T5 tractor has finally arrived.  Very shiny and big and blue! It arrived on a 60-foot low loader at 7am and he managed to immediately get the lorry stuck by running off the edge of the drive!  This meant that the first job of the new tractor was to pull...

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Cattle Arrive…

Finally the cattle have arrived.  This is the start of what it’s really about!  Four Red Ruby Devon cows, each in-calf (due next April) and each with this year’s heifer calf at foot. Slightly scary moment for one of the calves as it took a slide on the wet concrete, but all ok. They are...

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After hunting for a second hand trailer, and failing, we bought a new Fleming TR6 (6 tonne) trailer.  This was harder than it sounds!  Small drop-side trailers appear to be hard to find.  If you have to order one, it takes months to deliver from the manufacturer.  I thought I’d found one of these from...

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The electrics in the outbuildings are… interesting… well, dangerous really!  We also had no working outside lights around the buildings.  So, the decision was made to get electricians in to review, renew and install.  Steve Ouseley and Alex have been a brilliant and reliable team working with us to deal with this. Steve measured and...

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It’s taken 2 months, but we finally got the huge pile of old plastic bale wrap removed from our big shed.  With the help of Nicky (previous owner’s farm hand) and another neighbour, Kevin, with his Matbro telehandler, all the plastic was cleared and put into 4 skips waiting for collection… That leaves us with...

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We may only be planning a small herd, but with an eye to safety, we have bought and now set up a new cattle handling system (Rotex and new cattle crush).  This arrived courtesy of our local supplier (Brian Llewelyn who have been great) and was off-loaded thanks to our neighbour, Mike…   Luckily for...

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The Proforge Z-Power flail mower that we ordered from Agri-Linc has arrived, on a 60′ artic!  The driver called and needed to be guided in for the last 10 miles or so through the back lanes from Letterston.  There are one or two interesting corners and bridges on that journey!  In a car it all...

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With the help of Lotte and Jordan, we’ve been preparing the level area for a new Rotex cattle handling system.     Luckily I checked the requirements of the rotex before ordering it, and discovered that it needs a good level area to stand on.  “Level” is something missing from the concreted areas here, so...

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We took a little time today to begin to clear the track that leads from the garden down to the pond.  What a wonderful path it will be.  What we had not realised is that the track is aligned directly from the house towards Strumble Head and the lighthouse.  So when you are at the...

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Well, Pembrokeshire was on the edge of storm Ophelia on Monday and it got a bit windy.  We had taken the precaution of putting all objects that might fly from the yard and into sheds and then made all sheds as firmly closed and blockaded as possible the day before.  The skip we have on...

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Not a cat person myself… but Debbie has 5 new friends…     Maggie is struggling with here desire to eat them all at every opportunity, but so far they have all survived! We think the ginger one is the mother.  Three of the four others are very small and obviously the same litter, plus...

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We set about clearing another shed today.  This one has the old grain dryer in it, and grain pit, along with a lot of old rubbish.  The grain pit is full of water, so this will be filled in with some of the rubbish/rubble before we eventually concrete over it.       The grain...

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We knew that we had a pond within a walled enclosure, but had not had time to explore it until today.  What a beauty it could be!   Approached via a walled track-way from the garden, it opens to a wonderful pond area (rather overgrown at the moment!)……and here is the view from the far side…The...

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We have been removing old fencing from the 4 fields immediately around the house and yard before contractors come to put up new stock fencing. For good relations with neighbours, we think it’s best to get good fencing before the cattle and sheep arrive! Some of the fields have several fences buried deep in the...

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Sea fog rolls in…

Dramatic walk to the cliffs last Sunday.  It was beautifully sunny, but as we reached the cliffs, a line of fog was rolling in from the sea.   The sea swell was also picking up and beginning to crash on the rocks.  The fog was approaching shore like some sort of scary film… amazing.  

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Another resident…

Clearing brambles at the back of the buildings today, spotted this local resident… A beautiful grass snake.   Unfortunately, he/she was an ex-resident by the time I spotted it!  I’m afraid that I must have stepped on it among the brambles and rough grass.  Instead of slithering away to safety, I had caused it to...

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