Well today, was a day for dodging rain showers. But despite the weather, we made some really good progress on our Polycrub. By suppertime, we’d managed to put up all of the purlins and fix the shiplap sidings onto the hoops. Things are starting to move along quickly now ... it’s very exciting ...
Oh wow ... the sky tonight looks just like an oil painting, with rainbows cascading from behind the clouds. Just going to take a moment and enjoy the view ... 😌 I love Scotland ... 🥰
Another exciting day, with lots of hard work ...
As always at this time of year, we’re feeling the pressure to push on, Autumn is definitely looming. There never seems to be enough hours in the day and we still have so many things we want to finish, before Winter finally arrives.
So today was all about progressing our Polycrub ... it’s great to see the hoops finally up and standing tall.
I love that these hoops are made from recycled salmon farm pipes.
Reducing waste and growing our own food ... a big thumbs up from us.
Looking forward to cracking on with it tomorrow ... fingers crossed for good weather.
With our greenhouse, turned into a temporary workshop for the Polycrub, I’m exited to share with you, that our next project is underway. The first job and not a fun one, was to dig 20 holes into rocky ground, to secure the Polycrub posts. Thank goodness for modern tools and Fastset Postfix, made it so much easier ...
I can’t imagine having to dig those holes by hand. Anyway, the posts are in and the Postfix is drying nicely, now we wait ...
Hope you’re all having a happy weekend ... Xx
Here’s a link to the Polycrub website, if you’d like to take a peek:
I like to reuse as much as we can at home and I’m always on the lookout for ways to be more self sufficient.
When it comes to our eggshells, I never throw them away and like to feed them back to our hens.
I leave them overnight on the warming plate of our range, to slowly bake and dry out. I’ve tried baking them in the oven, which is fine, but would always get side tracked and forget about them ... burnt eggshells smell awful. 😬
Anyway, leaving them overnight works a treat, as they’re ready to go in the morning.
Once baked (You’ll know they’re ready as they become brittle and break easily), I place the eggshells in a strong plastic bag, gently crush by hand and then roll with my rolling pin. Perfect bite size pieces of shell to add to my chicken feed or grit ponds. My girls love it and it’s a good way to supplement their calcium. Happy hens ... 🐥😃
Another truly exciting day on the homestead, as our Polycrub material arrived ... 🥰👏🎉
In true Scottish style, the heavens opened and the rain poured down. But never the less we cracked on and spent a soggy morning, moving the materials on site.
Now finally back indoors, with steaming mugs of glorious hot chocolate ... 😋
Next task is to figure out the easiest way, to dig 18 holes into rocky land for the hoops ...
I wish for once, just one job could be easy ...😅
Good morning ...
Well today feels like a lazy Sunday ... for us and the dogs. Think I’m going to take it easy and enjoy some quiet sewing ... 😌🧵
Hope you have a happy day too ... 🤞
Hi There ...
Sorry it’s been a while since my last greenhouse post, but the weather has not been kind to us ...
However, at last the sun is shining and we were able to crack on with it. I’m happy to say, the automatic vent has been fitted and works perfectly, all the Vistalux sheeting is on and today, we’re figuring out how to make and fit a stable door. I have a huge grin on my face ... can’t stop smiling 😁 We have so many plans for this space and are really excited for this new opportunity to grow.
We also took advantage of the good weather to release our butterflies. We’ve been studying metamorphosis with our boys and used the ‘Insect Lore Butterfly Garden’ kit. The children were mesmerised by the caterpillars transformation. It was a great learning tool and I’d highly recommend it ... five healthy, happy butterflies now off on their adventures ... 🦋
Our first adventure since lock down began and it was so nice to get out and about again ...
I’d forgotten how much I love this wild and beautiful countryside. Peace and happiness ... 😌⛰🌲
Ps: Henry dog loved it too 🐶
Well our last order of greenhouse material finally arrived. I’m so happy and so grateful to the delivery drivers that come out to us. Without them, none of this project would be possible right now. 🙏
Anyway, work is underway again and the sides are on. Our vent kit also arrived, so it’s time to figure out putting the Vistalux sheeting on the ends.
Lots of tricky angles ... fingers crossed.🤞
We’re so, so eager to push on and get this finished ... but we have a week of rain and thunderstorms ahead. 🥺
Guess all we can do is hope and keep everything crossed, for a break in the weather.
One silver lining to being stuck indoors, is that I get to sew. I’ve been playing around with some new card ideas and it’s been fun to finally try them out ... 😃
Anyhow, guess that’s all for now ... hope you all have a bright and happy weekend ... 👋☀️
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