James is doing really well and apart from asking ‘how often does Farmer’s Weekly come out?’ he is now making some very difficult decisions. We seem to have gravitated to our own areas now which makes life easier. A year ago he if you’d mentioned a ‘grease nipple’ he’d have assumed it was some form of adult entertainment...which it is. They are in fact the points of machinery that you inject grease into on a regular basis. That's adult entertainment farmer style.
I have installed the wood burning stove in the static caravan. It looks good but I was rather dismayed about the industrial size flue pipe. Trouble is it has to be double lined to ensure safety so at great expense the experts were called. The steampunk industrial look is very on trend I am told. My beautiful tiles are obscured.
Steve managed to upcycle a lovely little shed that has been discarded. It had a ‘rotten bottom’ (this newsletter gets saucier by the minute) so he sawed it off and replaced the floor. It may be a bit shorter but that's not a problem. Well not for me...the boys are all over 6’ but they don’t have to use it. While the holiday cottage has been vacant we have used our time well.
Next month my wobbly/holey kitchen floor is being replaced. I am quite excited but will have to make do with an unfitted kitchen for a while (probably the next 10 years) until we can put a lovely new one in. At the moment if you put a bottle of wine on the side it slides towards the window as if a poltergeist is at work. The farm house is so old there are no proper foundations, under the floorboards it's mud! God knows what we will find down there.
So the holiday cottage has opened again from July 4th. It is detached, in a rural location and has great reviews and yet we have still had cancellations. I don’t know if the general public are still a bit twitchy about venturing out but it really has been an incredibly tough year with literally no income through the most popular months. It's so disappointing as I had someone who wanted to rent it for a month while their house was repaired but didn’t because of bookings which then were cancelled. Soon we will be underway again, I cannot wait!