Life simply has to go on, we have no choice so have been doing well getting the hay and straw in. In fact I had a ‘knight in shining armour’…actually a shining combine harvester saved the day, not only harvesting but marketing the barley. My dear neighbour Charlie has been on the end of the phone and occasionally visited to look at the crops and mull over a whole host of questions. Considering he has been so busy himself this was a great kindness. I realised how small our kit was compared with the ‘big boys’ when the combine only just squeezed through the gate. There was a collective release of breath.
James, Mike’s son who was a recruitment consultant is my new business partner. It’s lovely to have him on board, his learning curve has been rather steep but each week we progress forward. James works four days a week which is a huge help. It is amazing what can be achieved in that time.
We had a wedding on the farm on September 15th, it was fantastic. Mostly the bride and groom organised everything (marquee, toilets, generators, band etc.) we got the place tidy and mowed the field, putting out hay bales to sit on for the ceremony under a 300 year old oak tree. Poppy made a little platform in there years ago, it would make an awesome photo but I am not sure if it’s quite safe for the couple to climb a ladder in their finery? Chris made a giant cool box from an old freezer, it’s been painted and decorated and has a load of ice blocks in the bottom. We’ve just tested it and so far it has been really cold for two days. Chris has named it ‘the booze box’. If it all goes well I want to do more of this in the future. Contact me if you would like a farm wedding in a beautiful and very private setting. Pictures to follow…
Still the barn is not converted, it simply would cost too much at a difficult time. I do however want to get a roof on and then keep it as an open space for the weddings. We could have the marquee just next to it and use it for an alternative venue for the ceremony in case of rain.
A massive ‘thank you’ to everyone who has supported us during this difficult time. There are no words to say how we feel.