New Toy!

So the festive period is drawing to a close, the decorations are coming down, and the days are slowly starting to get longer. We all spent Christmas and New Year here at Blaensaith, it seemed right to spend the first holiday on the farm here together (minus a couple of siblings but I'm sure that will change next year!) We went on lots of beautiful wintery walks along the coast and the nearby beaches, even going for a dip in the sea on Boxing Day, along with about 200 other nutters from nearby villages. 

 Poppit Sands on a beautifully clear day. 

Poppit Sands on a beautifully clear day. 

 Admiring the view from the hill at Mwnt. 

Admiring the view from the hill at Mwnt. 

Christmas came early for us this year, bought on by the arrival of Simon's new toy / very important farm equipment which definitely isn't a toy....

 Louise thoroughly enjoying herself.

Louise thoroughly enjoying herself.

 Taking it out for a spin!

Taking it out for a spin!

 Pretty sure this isn't allowed according to the safety video...but then again nothing is. 

Pretty sure this isn't allowed according to the safety video...but then again nothing is. 

It's been really useful for when Simon's been cutting down small trees further down the hill and dragging them up to the house, or shifting wood around in the yard where he's cleared a bunch of trees. There was some really overgrown hedgerow near the house, and according to the OS map and previous owner, home to a septic tank, a well and a pond, none of which had actually been seen! But after a lot of hard work with another new bit of a kit, a strimmer/chainsaw, Simon finally found it all. 

 Simon using the quad to drag trees out of the overgrown hedgerow. 

Simon using the quad to drag trees out of the overgrown hedgerow. 

 Just when we were starting to give up hope, here's the pond! It really exists! Still lots of clearing to be done, but we're all happy to see it isn't just a mud pit. 

Just when we were starting to give up hope, here's the pond! It really exists! Still lots of clearing to be done, but we're all happy to see it isn't just a mud pit. 

 I wish I had got a picture of the "Before", this was all completely overgrown and impossible to get into.  

I wish I had got a picture of the "Before", this was all completely overgrown and impossible to get into.  

Next week we hope to start decorating the downstairs of the annexe, as well as continuing the ongoing battle of clearing hedgerows, woodland and overgrown banks. Joe and myself have got more work to do in the workshop, adding more storage and sealing up the rather drafty doors. Until then, hwyl fawr am nawr!