The new fence is in and as we’d hoped, it’s really opened up the view at the front of the house now those wooden bars have gone.
The guys have also hung the gates for us. I just need to get some bolts so they can be locked into the ground, meaning you can open one and leave the other shut, and a loop catch (I’m sure there’s a proper name for it!) to go over the top. Oh, and to paint them green, of course!
Since the fencing crew has been working in some vile weather, I’ve kept them well-fuelled. The favourite has been these homemade hobnobs!
I was down the hill yesterday afternoon, topping up the horses’ hay, when I heard a clanking noise. It sounded awfully like someone was driving a large piece of machinery down my top field. I scrambled up the muck heap to have a look and sure enough, a bright yellow JCB digger was churning its way over towards me. It was Graeme, here to start replacing the 440m of fencing I need doing.
As horses and bright yellow diggers aren’t usually a happy combination, he left it parked there overnight and this morning I had the job of persuading the boys that they wanted to come down the road to the field at 166. They didn’t turn a hair at the digger, or at the enormous tractor and trailer parked on the drive, but apparently a red sheep lick tub that’s blown into a ditch needs a Very Hard Stare.
Anyway, Graeme and his team have had a productive day down the road at Ethel’s House. The little garden area is marked out with strainers and fenceposts.
They’ve put a drain in to tie the extra downpipe Pete suggested we added into the rest of the drains (and accidentally went through the water main, but they’ve promised me they’ll fix it tomorrow! They missed the BT cable though).
The old gate is off and the new wooden main gate and side gate are ready for hanging. I’ll be painting them dark green to match the front door.
The slightly rickety wooden fence is gone from the front and new fenceposts and strainers are in. I’m hoping that the wire fencing won’t get in the way of the view so much as the old fence did.
And it’s been ripped out in front of the byres as well, meaning I’ve got some visitors!
They’ve also put in strainers and fenceposts for the sections we need doing at home and tomorrow they’ll do the same for the big field up the road – then the second digger can go off to its next job and they’ll start putting the wire up.