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.


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

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.

D day

It was exactly one year ago that we moved in to Town End Farm. Our mate Mike did the conveyancing and suggested that we set our completion date to the same as D day! We can’t believe we have been here for a year, but looking back we have achieved a huge amount. This week we have had the great news that the final planning permission has been approved, so we will be pushing ahead as fast as we can during the Summer months.
Things are progressing, but our yard is a bit of a mess at the moment.

TrenchesOne of the things about installing a biomass system is that we need to put district heating pipes in the ground between the boiler house and the properties. We might not be able to host a D day re-enactment event but we could certainly have a go at the Battle of the Somme!

Our ground is very rocky so it has taken 2 diggers to cut through, one pecking it in to pieces and the other with a bucket to remove the rubble. We will be delighted when the pipes arrive and we can claim some space back.

A room with a view

We wanted to create a wow factor in the dining room and Chris at KPP architects decided that the best way to do that would be to create a double height space by  removing the 1st floor. We would then build in a staircase and gallery to the bedrooms which would overlook the dining room. The floor was removed some time ago, but this week the new steels arrived. We had originally decided to leave the original steels in as a temporary measure to help balance the new steels on. However at the last moment we had a sudden moment of sanity and decided just to cut those old steels out and use a lifter to get the new steels in place.