Friday, 28 July 2017

Scything & Hay Making Weekend - 5th / 6th August

Saturday 5th August & Sunday 6th August; 10am - 4pm

Come and help us mow our upland hay meadow undergoing restoration with stunning views all around of Ingleborough, Whernside & Ribblehead Viaduct!

The lower part of the meadow is now looking good with lots of yellow rattle and the plug plants added 3 years ago doing well. We prefer to mow slightly later in the season to allow the bumble bees and butterflies to feed off the knapweed and yarrow and to let the flowers set seed.



We are looking to start mowing 10ish - or earlier, on the Saturday. Please bring a packed lunch; we will provide some home-baking, tea/coffee/soft drinks. If people don't scythe, then there will be plenty of raking up, turning and rowing up to help make hay. Please call the night before, or early morning, to check the forecast here.




We have started making small hay bales with our hand hay baler, so there will be an opportunity to try out this interesting piece of kit too!


It will also be fun to try and make a large haystack! Has anyone done this before? We made this hay rack last year, and stacked almost dry hay leeward side and covered it at night when rain was forecast.


Come for the whole day, or weekend, or just a few hours - it will all help and we hope you will enjoy Broadrake. We have plenty more grassy areas on our site outside the meadow with shake holes and rocky outcrops along with young trees which you are welcome to have a go at mowing too if you want a challenge.

If anyone would like to stay, there is an 8 bedded dormitory available in the bunkbarn or camping in the top part of the meadow which will have been cut from earlier scything courses.

From noon on Sunday we hope to have some local musicians around for a BBQ so if you can make it on the Sunday, please bring something to cook on the hot charcoal.

RSVP - see here for map & directions.

N.B. This is a FREE event, part of YDMT Flower Festival of the Dales.

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Broadrake Bunkbarn - Weeks 80-82 ish - May 3rd-17th 2016

Whilst I was away, Dusty came up to help Mike with the fencing on the hill, and they also lowered the single bed beneath the cabin bed. 
So this room, with a bunk bed as well,  now has all heights of beds...choices!!
It means that this room keeps the great view without a 2nd bunk in the way.


Lots of little jobs progress.....Weather bar on main front door

 WI FI goes in - 20Mb - at last I can check emails and call from the barn...

I fitted the intumescent strips to the fire doors - a fiddly process

 handles go on...
also upstairs, now all top coated....thank goodness...so much woodwork, lots of paint layers....

 Mike builds IKEA shelving unit....not sure just how useful these will be, but they fit here!

he also gets a chance to build the 2nd extendable dining table....
so there are options to seat 6 - 10, possibly 12 on each table
another panel can be added to make it even longer!

 At last the door seal goes onto the front door after it's 2nd top coat...

 the laundry company left us a floor mat to trial - they get them cleaned every 4 weeks....just need another one twice as big for inside the big door to go over the cobbles...
and the last tiles go over the other basins...


a few duvets are bought for the 2 bedded rooms as a start...laundry contract now set up with Cragdale Laundry in Settle, who will supply 2 sets of bedding linen. 

movable rails save fixing anything to anywhere to preserve the sealed walls & floors

a quick shopping trip for some essentials in the kitchen....


 and the latest acquisition - these do have to be fixed onto the walls...

 barriers back - the lambs increased, but they didn't pay too much attention to the buildings
 it was more fun on the high heap of soil....

Monday, 16 May 2016

Broadrake Bunkbarn - Weeks 76-79 April 11th - May 2nd 2016

Time for some upstairs pics since it's pretty much complete up here now apart from last top coats on the doors in the corner which are hidden from view....




and Mike managed to take a pic in the short time we had without sheep so no barriers

 before the lovely lambs came back - wibbley wobbley new Swaledales....very cute...apologies for the poor quality - from mobile

After all the endless layers of paint on the wash room doors - I turned to the tiling.....starting with the easy bits first....

Dusty lent me his tile cutter for the fiddley bits required between the door frames...it worked!!
Thank goodness there were only 2 to cut like this

....and one sore cut grouting finger later - the finished effect!

and after all that white and grey, a shot of Ingleborough in the warm evening sunshine
A short break for me with the Ingleton Twinning group until 11th May - meanwhile Mike went cycling for one day and wore his knees out, then came back to deal with fencing the water tanks on hill....but no pics I'm afraid. 

Broadrake Bunkbarn - Weeks 74 & 75 April 1st to April 10th 2016

Many apologies for the lack of blog over the past weeks; we are now very nearly there ....so this week goes back to April....where did that month go to?

At the beginning of April we welcomed the joiners back for finishing off doors in the washroom
the architraving gets underway...

finished job...lots of painting to follow....

the last door goes on in the washroom...the first one supplied was damaged so we had to wait
and  handles go onto all the bedroom doors....
 self-closers go onto the 2 corridor fire doors...
 the 2nd kitchen cupboard goes up....
 and they fit in well on both side walls without being too obtrusive


Ted finishes off the doors to hide the electricity boards in the drying room
 whilst Steve builds a cupboard around the downstairs heating manifold pipework....very neat jobs using up some of the spare flooring boards


Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Broadrake Bunkbarn - Weeks 72-73 - March 14th-27th 2016

A patch of dry weather for over a week provided a good opportunity to get the drainage field pipework into place. Photos have been taken as and when I was around to catch the action.
 A glorious sunshiney day when they returned to make a start...

 covering the vent pipes

 the start of the pipework into the field


 unfortunately yet more sub soil makes it onto the 4th peak pile.....

 back and forth to the gravel heap at the end of the track with the big dumper truck

 the first trench gets underway












 the vent pipes tucked away in place between the buildings looking neat and unobtrusive

and the drainage field is back in place, albeit a whole lot more muddy. The top turves are there, and we'll add some suitable, local provenance grass seed to help the re-growth
we're hoping to use the stone to build up the retaining wall, and perhaps add in some seating, so that the passing walkers can admire the view,which this morning, is atmospheric with mist


Meanwhile, inside the barn, Steve gets on with framing out the shower and toilet cubicles

 and  over 2 weekends, Mike gives 9 internal doors 2 coats of oil, specially for veneered doors, whilst I continue with  filling & rubbing down pin holes on skirting, top coats on door frames,skirting boards, sealing between skirting and slate...ouch my knees...

 and upstairs, Ted prepares and fits the cupboards - the left one is down for the electric wiring for the under cupboard lighting to go in place, which is now complete, along with another socket beneath the right cupboard

and just before the Easter break, Ted fits the doors and adds the D-pull handles & push pads

 the 200mm wide tiles COULD fit between to face the walls.....check with the joiner if that's the intention; tiles will face the upper wall above the door heads

 the indicator bolts are ready to be fitted...

the Herdy girls are now regulars outside the back gate in the mornings....

 ....this one making sure she's not going to miss out

'Come on - get that bucket out here'

Alex and Connor from Wonder of Wood fit the glass so that we can use the upstairs for the blacksmith's lunch on Sunday 20th March



 and the first hard wax oiling gets done one evening - access banned whilst drying over 2 days 




 and after the 2nd coat of oil, the nosing strips go back into place before Easter

So, the Easter Break sees Jess & Matt return with 2 other couples to make it 6 to stay in the barn over the weekend to give it a test run & Mike gets more beds made in readiness
 another bed makes a twin-bedded room at the front...

 and another twin at the back....

 and the last single is made in the large dorm....

and before the guests arrive, a temporary fitting of an outstanding door which could not be fitted fully because it was damaged

  and temporary door latches with string are added to the showers and toilets

After one night some minor modifications are required to remove the horribly bright glare of the battery indicator light on the emergency lights in the bedrooms....

and a mirror and hairdryer are sneaked in from the house!!! 

the verdict from the guests was all good - need to add the hooks to the shower doors, & maybe a shower curtain or half panels....they loved the comfy sofas and the kitchen works very well!

Finally, a late afternoon shot snatched with this cloudy view of the viaduct in the sunshine
Thank you for staying the course of the long blog....
We're getting there!