Despite the dismal forecast we decide to go ahead with today’s volunteer working party as it’s the first time we’ve able to work up at the barnyard. Not a very promising start, as a flooded yard greeted us in the pouring rain.
Undeterred by the incessant rain we moved out the trailer and took shelter in one of the open bays. The floor of the bay was flooded so that made it much less of a fire risk and we got the fire going in a bin before carrying out to the fire site.
The rain slackened off later in the morning so at last we could get the work underway. There is plenty that needs doing, like clearing this overgrown hazel hanging over the footpath and the barnyard. Though digging out the pond which serves as an overflow/soakaway for the yard will have to wait for next time as temporarily it’s become a lake.
The old fence line around the back of the yard needed to be cleared out so we can salvage the stocknetting and posts. This area now forms part of the extension we’ve made to the yard and which should allow us to make more use of it in the future so we are dismantling the old fence.
You can’t expect volunteers to work on an empty stomach so we all tucked into hotdogs at lunchtime hot from the fire.
The hazel is quite overgrown and dislodging some of the branches turned into an interesting game as Robert and I teased it out from its tangles. In the future we hope to coppice or lay the hazel stools on the old bank but the task today was to clear the worst of the overhanging branches.
By late afternoon we’d made very good progress in clearing the overhanging branches from the yard and the footpath and even manged to do it without knocking down the old post and rail fence in the process.
Time to leave the office for another day. Many thanks to all of the gang who turned out to work on such an unpromising day and slosh around in the mud, Richard, Judy, Robert, Seb, Lou & Peter, Nic, Judith, Alexandra, Sandy and to Dave and the girls (Robyn and Amy) for turning up to help tidy the fire.