Welcome to the Blaensaith Fawr blog! I originally wanted to start this blog to document moving our the business from the Surrey suburbs out to Welsh countryside. This won't just be a change of scenery for us, but a chance to explore a completely different way of living and working with the land. I also wanted to show our family and friends what we’re all up to here, the renovation of the houses, how we use the land, and any other activities we've always wanted to try but never had the space for (watch this space for dirt-bikes and chickens...). Blaensaith Fawr is an ex-dairy farm, one that was still operational up until 6 months ago. Upon arriving here, I felt it even more important to keep a record of the old farm and the land around here, especially before things really start to change.
The farm is nestled on a hill overlooking a small valley, with sea views out to Cardigan Bay. There's still so much about the land we don't know about yet, there's still a lot of exploring to do there! So in this post I though I'd tell you a bit about the house and moving in.
The main farm house has an annexe attached and looks out to the sea, while facing inland there are two stone barns either side of the house, making a courtyard. At the moment we're all living in the main house and annexe, eventually Joe & I will renovate and move into one of the barns, and Josh & Kenza the other. The house is perfectly liveable, but there is a lot of room for improvement! Other buildings on the land include some stables, and old cattle shed, a large wriggly tin barn, 2 static caravans, a rusty railway carriage, a silage tank and the foundations of an old barn.
Moving day was pretty tiring, as we had to move not just the house but also Simon’s and Joe & myself’s workshop. Hilarious highlights (for me at least) included moving our 250kg bandsaw onto a skateboard to shuffle it across the ground, Joe and Simon clinging on to the laminator on a tail lift as Russ revered the lorry over the mud, and 5 of us hauling Simon’s 3m long printer up a narrow flight of stairs.
This week we hope to get Joe & myself's and Josh & Kenza's bedrooms redecorated in the annexe, as well as setting up our new temporary workshop in the shed that's been built on to to stone milking barn. I don't actually have many pictures of the house itself, I'll get some more for next week. Until then, here are some more pictures around the farm!