A Long Time Coming

We have had some grief from some of you recently that we haven’t up-dated the blog for a while! There is a reason for this, we have had a major job that we wanted to show from start to finish and now we can.
Before and after

We think the West Barn was one of the things that stopped folks from buying Town End Farm.
Because of the dangerous nature of the building we could never have opened the Long Barn for business until we had made the West Barn safe. It was quite a process to get from before to after, so if you’d like to see the eight step plan of how to re-build a barn click here.

Pickering Wartime & 1940’s Weekend

Every October Pickering hosts a wartime weekend where people make an amazing effort dressing up in fantastic costumes.PIckering paradeWhat makes this even better is that the steam railway get involved and there are different events at each station on the line.  A lot of thought goes in to the costumes, everything from evacuees to generals.Steam locoWe even got into the act this year with Jackie being a land girl and Ian a sailor.4 of us

Biomass goes live

After all of the disruption of digging the yard up to install our pipework, the boiler is now installed and heats the house as well as the long barn, the west barn and the pig pens.VG TeamThis is Richard, Callum and Chris from VG who spent a week installing our system. Deciding on installing a biomass boiler has meant lots of extra work as we had to re-roof the pig pens, put floors in, connect mains water and electricity. If you want to see some extra images and a video of “making the doorway safe”! click this link.

Skiptastic

As a kid I had a toy dumper truck and always thought how fantastic it would be to really drive one. This week we have hired a mini-digger and dumper to dig out the floor in the West barn in preparation for the new floor.
DiggersI can honestly say that after a day of rattling and breathing diesel fumes my thoughts of being a dumper truck driver have been shattered!
Mike and I managed to fill five and a half full size skips today
Skips

Tour de Yorkshire

The Tour de France will hopefully showcase what a beautiful place Yorkshire is
Tour de France
This is the peloton just before the centre of Ilkley. The crowds were really enthusiastic and there was just a fab atmosphere with the keen cyclists explaining the finer details of the race to the rest of us who didn’t have a clue but thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We hope the global coverage may get us visitors to the Long Barn from all over the World.