Friday, 6 May 2011
We now have a new website up and running, http://www.ivygrangefarm.co.uk/ which hosts all the existing blog content as well as lots of new stuff. Please follow our progress through the website, and sign up for our regular newsletter. We've uploaded lots of pictures of the landscaping we've been doing and the work on the barn and out-buildings and we hope you'll think about coming to check out what we've been doing for yourselves. We're planning to open for a couple of months in July and August with two yurts - a Mongolian and our Cornish yurt. We'd love to see you in Suffolk.
Sunday, 30 January 2011
We had a great time at the RSPB Reserve at Minsmere - beautiful December light and marsh and hen harriers Plenty of people had spotted the waxwings on the berries, but we not us, sadly, though we did see a water rail, creeping out from behind the reeds, which was fun. The resident ponies blend beautifully with the winter colours.
And from there, we wandered down to the beach which is glorious in winter. The dead tree trunk was a similar bleached colour to the ponies and reeds, and looked sculptural just lying on the shingle.
Friday, 26 November 2010
The newer part of the barn (Georgian?) needs some bracing to stop the progress of a crack, as well as a new floor, door, windows and some sprucing up. Freddy had his 18th birthday party here last weekend, with table tennis, table football, hammock (plus 20 teenagers) and it worked well. We'll put WiFi in this part of the barn, as well as books, games and the table tennis etc. We think we can create a really good space here and longer term we'd like to be able to use both barns for rural courses, screening films and the like.
Tuesday, 28 September 2010
The past few weeks seem to have revolved around flora and fauna, judging by the current crop of photos. Despite the wet August and September, we've been having a good time working on the meadow, roping in gallant friends and encouraging them with copious amounts of food and drink.
Tuesday, 24 August 2010
It's been a busy few weeks, with the fun, heat and mayhem of Latitude followed by serious work on planning and building regulations during a damp August!
Wednesday, 7 July 2010
Nick and I emptied an old water trough and shifted it so that it's positioned close to the yurt pitches at the top of the field, in a spot with plenty of sun. It is now filled with ericaceous compost and 4 different varieties of blueberries, the first of which is already in fruit. We've covered it with a thick woodchip mulch from the leylandii, which hopefully will help to keep the blueberries nicely moist throughout the summer months. Our plan is to move some of the raspberry canes across to the field from the garden, so that throughout the summer there will be a good range of blueberries and raspberries available to yurt guests, as well as the blackberries we planted in the hedgerows over the winter.