Tuesday, 26 November 2013

Waiting for the two hundred trees

November is almost over and today we had lovely sunshine. It was quite warm although I still lit the woodburner in the lorry. I have been out and about foraging rosehips on my daily walks making rosehip syrup. Here is a song that a fellow blogger introduced me to which I would like to share with you~

The bonfire is out now and it has been all levelled waiting for the trees to arrive. Tomorrow I get to have a go on the sit on mower for the very first time, so hopefully I will be whizzing past with my dreds flying in the wind...lol! Then we are putting in sticks where the trees will be planted, we have two hundred so we will soon know if they are all going to fit in, along with the 30-40 trees already planted. Bedford Wood will soon be created. We have had some lovely sunsets and sunrises this month, and sometimes in the early morning fog the lorry looks great.
I have decided to leave the ramp on the back of the lorry over the winter and in the spring it will get taken off to form the platform on which I plan to do yoga, put out beanbags, even the table for dining al fresco. In less than a month we will be celebrating the Winters Solstice here, its coming so fast. But for now all I can do is wait for the trees to arive. I have said no to Sycamores and Yew, and yes to native trees like Oak, Silver Birch, Beech etc. Hopefully in my next post you will see them.

Monday, 18 November 2013

We now have a footbridge.

I was given two really long planks from a Friend of mine to make a footbridge with so I dug either side of the ditch and laid them down, there's room for one more if I can Find another one to match. It has made a smashing little footbridge at the end of the field/wood.
It's quite springy to walk over but it does the job. I added a gate and now I just have to clear the shrubs and brambles to make way for the door in the hedge side. It makes a second entrance to the wood.

We had a bonfire at the weekend clearing away the rubbish left over from when we had the ditch cleared out to make way for the tree planting. I think we are added about 200 trees so it will feel like a proper wood then.

Tuesday, 12 November 2013

A finished flag

Today I finished my patchwork flag for the wood. I don't have a pole yet but hopefully it will be flying high next summer.

Sunday, 10 November 2013

Hare sculpture

Today I finally put out my hare sculpture, the varnish has made it shiny but I'm hoping it will dull with time.
We will see if it's waterproof after we have some rain, or morning dew. I hope to make many more sculptures, and one day maybe even a kinetic wind sculpture.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Jasmine, honeysuckle and Passion flower

Yesterday we made the seven arches that go around the first campfire. We bend them into shape and placed them into the ground with stakes to secure them, hopefully they will withstand the wind.
I then planted jasmine, honeysuckle and Passion flowers around the bases. They should look nice by next summer. I also added the second stone to the circle.

Saturday, 2 November 2013

Making plans for the arches

In a weeks time we will be bending the new arches into shape to form a circle around the first campfire. I will grow jasmine, passion flower, honeysuckle etc up them.
The poles roughly map out where they will go. We also decided where the new trees will be going for the big planting, watch this space.