April 2012

We picked up the keys on Easter weekend and got cracking.  With the electricity already on (well, after 40 hours speaking to Scottish power you would hope so too) we concentrated on an initial hack at the garden, felling some of the dangerous trees (thanks to Grant), tackling some of the drainage issues (yuk) and sorting out our polluted water supply.  The weather was good which made it a pleasant start to our renovation adventure!

The first job was to clear the drains after decades of neglect.  Lots of drain rods, lots of water and lots of mud… and worse.  Below shows the makeshift drains around one of the outbuildings… no wonder they didn’t work very well.

We also tackled some of the dangerous trees early on – thanks to Grant for his hard work – although had to leave one until the owlets had fledged…

With the good weather we spent a lot of time in the garden, clearing out the beautiful MacKenzie & Moncur victorian greenhouse, processing the felled timber, and making a start on clearing the patio.

And of course, this meant the first of many compulsory bonfires:

Possibly most exciting was the start of putting in our own water supply – a 60m borehole in our back garden.  Aside from the ‘will it or won’t it’ moment this largely went to plan and by the end of April the hole was drilled and lined.  What a start…

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