Thursday, 24 November 2016

The Lie Of The Land

I was asked if I could show the layout of the land and everything in relation to each other 
well here you go
Marked in red is the original area of 5 acres we bought,
Blue shows the new 15 acres we have purchased
 The long bit at the top is the driveway
 This shows the layout as it is now, House and Cabin in yellow on the right surrounded by garden area, the blue building in the garden is a barn Martin is converting to a workshop, the other blue building on the side of the house is another barn we use for storage.
the blue lines is fencing we have put up, top left shows the woodland I am planting, next to it is the goats and then the pigs, the area in front of the pigs is the vegetable fruit garden with nut trees off to the side bordering the drive, all the small paddocks are used by the alpacas and the lambs when we had them, small orchard and bees in the bottom paddock, Chickens nearest to the house, all gates are the pink dashes there is a lot of gates, the pink dots show were the cherry trees are going to be planted. Oh and that green circle is the willow dome.

 This is the plan of what we have in mind
 Poultry to be expanded, to egg layers, meat birds and turkeys all moved to the bottom paddocks, the barn at the side of the house is removed and relocated to the poultry fields, house to be extended, a pond to be put in, two top paddocks are turned over for crops to feed livestock. The ? well I have an idea as all this area is to be Incorporated into the garden I would like to plant up an evergreen maze. Two unmarked paddocks used for lambing, or livestock holding areas.
 The fields at the back, the bees get expanded and moved over to the gorse field, the other two fields will be used for sheep, the middle field is to be divided up into 4 rotating paddocks with a field shelter in the middle for the Alpacas, a field for hay and a field for spare grazing, 
That's the plan now we need to put it into action,, there is a lot to do fencing all has to be replaced, hedges restored, in a few weeks the big 24ft field shelter arrives and we have to set up water catchment as well. 
Any questions?

 

21 comments:

  1. Nice to "see" you and where you are. Now it will be easier to visualize what you talk about on your blog.

    Thanks :D

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    1. it all slopes off to the sides as well the house and Alpaca field being the highest points

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  2. Wowser Dawn! With all of that going on it inspires me to sort out my little patch at the house, but also makes me think of when we can do something proper with our three acre field up the road. As ever looking forward to seeing all the plans come together.

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    1. winter is the best time to draw up plans

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  3. Wow, breath taking, good luck and enjoy the journey.

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  4. Love it, I love seeing things like this. I'm doing one for the veg plot and nothing makes me happier at the moment.

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    1. I need to draw up my planting plans for next year yet

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  5. Thanks for that. All is clear now. Looking forward to seeing you develop your plan.
    Gill

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  6. You look to be well on with your plans. I really do envy you that journey. Good luck with it all.

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  7. Goodness me Dawn....I've come over all faint just thinking about the sheer amount of work you have on your hands.
    What an amazing place you will have when it's all done-x-

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    1. It will take a couple of years to get it all in action

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  8. You will have a lovely homestead when your work is completed.

    God bless.

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    1. I have no intentions of moving again, this is it for life

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  9. Will you have to provide water to the livestock fields? Your plan is like John Seymour's diagrams in his Self Sufficiency book. Good luck.

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    1. We are setting up water catchment areas and will use IBC tanks so we dont have to run pipes all over the place

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  10. The energizer bunnies have nothing on you two. The scope of what's been accomplished is impressive, and I'm looking fwd to seeing what is to come!

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    1. When Martin is here full time progress will be quicker

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  11. Lookin' good girl...on a financial note...in a lifetime if you had to buy everything new would being self sufficient ever pay for itself...I know a bit of a meaningless question as that's not really your point for doing it but with all the records you keep it could be interesting. I mean land as well, and as a whole as quite often I guess your homestead is your entertainment as well so not an extra cost...would be interesting if a little complicated to work out!! Well you did ask for any questions!! x

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