Oh dear, it would appear that I am not so good at updating my blog – sorry. So here goes to a new regime of regular updates. We are all good at the Long and Little House. Our kids Violet and Rex are 4 and 2 and a half and are fit and well and loving the North Devon way of life. After the horrendous floods in Braunton just before Christmas, life is pretty much back to normal for most of the traders affected. In true North Devon style the community spirit has been incredible, with wonderful tales of kindness and generosity. We still feel very blessed to live here. After the rainy summer 0f 2013 we are are hoping for a some sun this time! It is cold at the moment but at least it is currently dry! The chickens have a new boss, called Richard he is the cockerel that we bred last year and he is doing a wonderful job of keeping his girls in order, he is a very demanding male…….!!! the veg patch is awaiting our much needed attention and muck spreading is happening today! The veg season was terrible last year with the slugs eating almost everything. It was a regular sport of skewering slugs, the kids were very adept at it! As for long house projects. We last year we painted the back of the house, replaced some windows and created a new patio at the back of our end of the house. This year we have three projects: the first is the secure the paddock fencing as we have some lambs arriving in a few weeks. Next put up a poly tunnel which we have been dreaming of for years! Last to raise the roof on our end of the house – this is a pretty big deal so will not be happening until the end of the year. We had some good feedback from guests in the Little House and we have made listened and made the following improvements: replaced the sofa bed mattress with a more comfy one, put more hooks up, put in more wine glasses and more cutlery, made the court yard and parking area at the back of the Little House secure so dogs and kids can play.
Jerry has worked hard to keep our wood stocks up, as we use wood to heat half the house and for the hot water it is a never ending task, but it normally means lots of days at the wood shed having bonfires and sausages – we all love it especially Jingle the labrador. For those of you that always ask – Jack the horse is still fit and well!