Will I get wet?

The joys of mowing without a cab

A trusty old Massey Ferguson 135 with a pasture topper attached might look cute tootling up and down but in this weather it really is living life on the edge; gambling on a good soaking is one thing but a lightning strike would be a tad inconvenient at this time of year!

Barn Owl Nest Box Installed

Barn owl nest box braced into tree

I got a hand crafted Barn Owl nest box from my brother for Christmas and it has sat there waiting for the right opportunity to be fitted. Today was the day. In order to fit the electric lights in the roof of the new shed we needed to hire an access platform as it really… Continue reading Barn Owl Nest Box Installed

Preparing another ‘sole use’ dog field

Clearing a path through coppice

The bee hives have been moved so it was out with the loppers and secateurs this morning, clearing overhanging brambles and branches to create new paths through the trees. It’s a small field, fully fenced and stocked with a crop of short rotation coppice (mainly alder and sycamore) with some clearings all of which is… Continue reading Preparing another ‘sole use’ dog field

Growing Firewood – Year six update

Growing Firewood - Eucalyptus Gunni - five years of growth

We originally chose a six year trial for hybrid willow to test the claims made by retailers of the willow for firewood production. Not a particularly scientific approach but, hopefully, it might be useful to share the findings: Hybrid WillowThese were established willow stools which had been previously cut annually to provide more plants. Bred… Continue reading Growing Firewood – Year six update