February 2020 – work started for the removal of the old sectional garage. Site clearance and old base removal ready for a new double garage to follow..
Wind & Rain = Trees down
February 2020; Strong winds and rain cause one of the trees to be uprooted..
Moving the old electrics
29th January 2020 – The very old electric meters and fuse box needed to be upgraded and moved before the side extension was due to be demolished. Electricity board had to carry out emergency works to get us re-connected. Hot gloving was used which was quite a thing to watch..
Although all this was done – the electric meter installation was delayed so no power until 10pm – but the log burner kept us warm, kettle boiled and eggs fried for sandwiches..
Field Shelter re-build
November 2019 – Next project was to remove and rebuild the dilapidated field shelter. Most of which was originally built with wooden pallets. So it was taken down and a brand new one built complete with new base..
Hedge and Tree Planting
November 2019. Delivery arrived for our second stage of tree & hedge planting. 3500 native hedging plants with 25 oak and 25 hornbeam trees.
When we moved in here there were only a few very old hawthorn trees around the paddock so it was decided to approach the Woodland Trust for some help and advice for re-wilding our paddock.
Water to campsite pitches
October 2019. Work started on the electric and water feeds to the campsite CL pitches. The trenches needed to take the water and electricity to each pitch. With each service being at different depths either side of the trench.
More water under the conservatory floor
January 2020. When we purchased the house it was briefly mentioned that there was an old well under the conservatory floor at the back of the house. What we did not know was that it was full of water.
After pumping it out we found at this was a 6ft wide x 6ft deep rain water storage for the old wash house. It was filling from another old borehole which was leaking and should have been diverted into the ditch on the other side of the road. This often blocked and overflowed into this underground store. Which then subsequently overflowed into the surrounding ground.
This – together with the old running borehole seemed to be the cause of the water problems at the back of the house. Well we were hoping so..
Water, water everywhere
September 2019. Our next job was to find the borehole which supplied the house, annex and campsite. We knew we had problems out the back of the house with water but did not expect this hole to keep filling with water!! There seemed to be no actual leakage from the borehole – but where was the water coming from?
Installing the underground pipes for the heat pump
In the July of 2019 we needed to get the “slinkies” installed into the paddock in preparation of the Kensa ground source heat pump installation. There were four very long trenches dug right in the paddock.