Easter is nearly upon us and work has been progressing so that the new handcrafted Oak frame can be erected. The guys for Border Oak (www.borderoak.com) in Leominster are due to be on site on 31st March for a few weeks. We are installing the frame to be the major structural element for the barns. They will support the first floor and roof without loading the existing ancient walls.
The new design for the barns includes the addition of a first floor into the roof space. To accommodate this we have had to dig out the existing floor and reduce the levels. For this we used a mini digger that fitted through the doors and removed all the muck with a wheelbarrow. (Well done Dean. My back was playing up that day!)
We are hoping to start taking bookings for our guests during the summer for the autumn season but barn conversions are notoriously hard to accurately plan out.
In reference to eggs! A few weeks ago we got hold of 4 chickens form a battery egg farm that were destined for slaughter. When we got hold of them thay were missing feathers and pecked to bits. For a few weeks they would not leave the chicken coop but now they are finding their feet and we are getting 4 eggs a every day.
The boys have named the chickens Pie, Rocket, Optimus Prime and Bumblebee. You can see what happens whenyou let a 4 and 6 year old name animals.