Location: East Ruston, Norfolk, United Kingdom

About us, Dermot and Sue Allen and our dog friendly holiday cottages. We started with the Old Forge running it for friends in 2005. In 2007/8 we were able to develop our own holiday accommodation, The Old Piggery. The Garden Room was added, belonging to another friend and the success of these prompted a further request to add Red Roofs at Hickling which has been doing very well. In 2012 we are embarking on our next project, New Barn. It isn't new at all (approx 180 years old) but it will be a fabulous new addition to our dog friendly holiday accommodation. Keep watching this space....!

Sunday, March 18, 2007

MARCH ..... finally the mud dries out!

After probably the wettest couple of weeks for ages we finally got some sunshine and the horrible claggy mess of mud everywhere started drying out.

The lambs thrived in their little house
and pen in the garden and we ended up with
another tiny little orphan just to keep us busy!

We try not to name them but some of them do stand out from the others. No. 27 is very cute and the tiniest one is called Baby. When we got the very littlest one she became Tiny Baby. I have told them that they can't stay that cute or we won't be able to eat them!

The pipes went into the hole in the ground and then it was filled in again. Can't say I miss it!

When it settled down a bit we planted a couple of trees.
This one is a sweet chestnut taken 'from the wild' !!
and on the other side of the field we planted a walnut.
Both should be good for shade and shelter for the animals.

And no I'm not turning into a tree hugger...just holding it upright while Derm went off to get some stakes!

On the main building site there was an abortive attempt to put in the septic tank; the hole was pretty deep, well beyond the water table and when the tank went in and the back filling started, it popped back up so we are going to try again when the weather is drier! Apparantly the water table has been at an all time high this winter so probably not the best time to be digging great big holes. We'll need another big one for the rainwater collection tank too.

The drains for the Piggery took a fair bit of sorting but got finished this month. The next step is to cement the floor and start on the roof. The windows are due to come soon and the kitchen is ordered!! Not quite a priority but there was a sale on!

As far as the house goes...... still living in complete chaos but we do now have the flooring. Lovely oak boards from a really old fashioned sawmill. Shame it's not actually laid but I can't have everything!


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