Digger Man Pat Returns

Om the day I had my cataract op we arrived home to a message from Pat May, the man who’s doing th ground work for our stables. He wanted to if he could come and dig out the footprint for the yard area.

Well of course he could!

He was a bit worried about how he was going to get his digger in. He was using a bigger one than the one he used to do the field access through the Valley of Death. So wanted to check it was possible to bring it across the adjoining fields. Well no wonder he needed to check. When it rumbled into our field it turned out to be an enormous bugger with caterpillar tracks and everything ! Hal was beside himself with Tonker Toy feuled glee! I t took one man, and one massive machine, one day to dig out and level a 20m x 6m area that forms the footprint for where the stable block and yard in front Will be. Pat wants to let this settle for a while before laying the concrete, so we still have a long way to go. It’s getting closer though😎

Funnily enough, Mr May is coming back soon to lay some more concrete for us – Concrete and Hardcore – The stuff of dreams!

Wow what a week! Not only have we had our lovely friend Steve staying with us for a few days, attended the Riding club AGM.
, visited friends in Plymouth, and had the farrier out; but…
Oh yeah ! Whoop Whoop!
Although things had been sorted, workmen booked and deposits paid, we really didn’t expect work to begin fora few months yet because the ground is to wet. One of the conditions of our planning permission is the kerb at the top of the field access has to be dropped and the first 10 metres must be concreted. So imagine our delight when we get a phone call out of the blue asking if it would be alright to start work on the kerb on Monday.
In less than a week, Pat May has dropped the kerb, scraped all the mud out of the Valley of Death, laid hardcore down through the Valley to the field gate, laid just over 10 metres of concrete drive, replaced a gatepost , rehung the valley gate, and cleaned up after himself at every step. He’s transformed a treacherous mud bath into a useable access way, and, except on concreting day, he did it all by himself . We’re delighted , and can’t recommend him highly enough!
We don’t know when he’ll be back to do the next phase, it really does need to dry out beforehand , but it’s all feeling a lot closer now😄

Five Years!

Today marks the fifthe anniversary of Hal and I coming to Albert’s Bungalow.

Five Years!

I’ve just read back through all my posts since I began Poo Picking in the Dark, which it surprises me that I didn’t actually begin until the November after we moved in, and, we haven’t stopped have we?!

Looking back, we’ve achieved such a lot, and learned even more. Yes, there have been some terrible lows, the whole Leonie situation will haunt me for life, however, there have been so many more highs. Yes, it’s hard work, no we haven’t had a holiday since we’ve been here. No, we don’t have any money. Yes, we have a great quality of life.

I still have to pinch myself regularly. I still can’t believe I’m here with my own little yard and my own school. The last five years have been full on, but we’ve done all the big stuff now. So now it’s time to consolidate on what we’ve built here. Here’s to the next five years.