So what have we been up to this week? We have actually had a great week, the sun has been out and it has been hot and Dave had two extra days off work during the week as he was having to work a few hours on both weekend days.
On Tuesday we finally got one of the big jobs that we needed doing done. The front barn that has basically been used as a store everything space, It had got to the point over winter that we were just opening the doors grabbing what we needed, storing all the wood for the house in there, then shoving things back in when we had finished with them. It felt we were likely to break a leg climbing over the tat trying to get through to something we needed. So we decided to tackle the massive clear up that needed doing, all in all we took a van load of rubbish to the tip (the throw out pushed along by me as Dave has a very - we may need that bit of thing someday, type attitude) and we still have about another van load to go but we are starting to get it organised. And some of the old doors and stuff that was stashed in there made great firewood, so that's also helpful.
|The front of the barn before the tidy up|
|The front of the barn after the tidy up,|
On Friday when I was out dog walking I saw our neighbours (Thierry's) donkey sunning himself or so I thought on the ground. When we got back he was still there, so I took a closer look. Dave came home and came to check on Kito (the donkey) as well, he looked as though he had fallen over, so Dave went to get his owners.The ground at the bottom of the field was still very soft and he seemed to off got stuck and then fallen over. It took 4 of us to get him back on his feet again and when he did the poor boy was a bit wobbly, but a hour later and he seemed as right as rain. It's amazing the resilience of animals isn't it.
After this piece of rescue work and after Dave had gone back to work I decided to get all the grass cut. Now this takes a few hours as we need to cut the field as well. So I got cracking, put my music on loud and got to work. In the field we have some evil divots because Carmina (a half shire horse that grazes in our immediate neighbours field) but I couldn't see them because of the long grass and when i was nearly finished I managed to twist and sprain my ankle :( Didn't feel too bad at first but when I took my work boots off it killed. Next day I went to a local chemist and they gave me some stuff for it and it is amazing!! cost me a bomb but was worth it as I should be up and running again soon. Or as anyone who knows me probably just nearly choked on their coffees - Donna running, no surely not, I didn't mean it in a literal sense. But hopefully back to normal soon.
Dave borrowed the Merlo - no not badly spelt wine but a big piece of machinery with a bucket on, and we moved the tractor up into the field, the front looks much nicer without it on it. These little things really make a difference to the feel here.
Due to the beautiful weather we have really loved it here for the last few days and evenings. Sat in the garden with chickens, the cat and dog at our feet, reading a book and drinking a glass of wine with the sun on our backs - lovely. It's simple pleasures like these that make as the hard work on the house so very worth while.
Fidget has also had his summer hair cut and is looking so cute, looks like he's lot a stone in weight due to the slim line look.What do you think? cute eh.