As usual its been a busy few months. The awful wet weather of the winter severely limited the building work and we just seemed to be constantly wallowing in mud and digging trenches for the water to escape. However the arrival of dry weather in March meant that the stables could go up and it very quickly started to look like a livery yard. Our first liveries began to arrive in April although the stables weren't completed until the end of May! They are a lovely bunch and we are very lucky to have them and their lovely horses. The storage barn is now nearly up it just needs the roof finishing. The final big job is the arena and this will be our focus for the next month or so the membrane is going down now so should progress quickly from there. There are still quite a lot of tidying up jobs to do but we can see the light at the end of the tunnel now and the build will be complete before the winter. We have several new arrivals in the next couple of weeks and we are looking forward to welcoming them. I feel we need to have a yard BBQ if the weather will hold! As we've been so busy I've only managed to get Millie out eventing once so far. We went to the pony club ODE at Norton Disney. She jumped a fab double clear and few round the cross country a minute under the optimum time but the less said about the dressage the better! Work to be done I fear. The wet and warm weather this spring means everything is growing like crazy the hay and other crops are going to be ready very early this year life is about to get busier than usual. Until next month thank you for reading and following our progress. Laura
Well it's been a busy couple of months as ever! We took a short break from the building work to get the harvest in. Gareth is pleased with his wheat yield and I am pleased with all the lovely straw it produced. In between the harvest and the autumn work on the farm Gareth has managed to lay the entire concrete base for the stables entirely by himself that's quite some feat as it's huge. He has begun to lay the base for the barn and the stables start arriving this week. It will be amazing to see them start going up everything so far has been time consuming ground work but things will really start to happen now.
Millie and I have been out and about quite a bit. We had a trip to Sissons farm for some evening show jumping in preparation for Frickley BE it was a vile wet night but I was really pleased with her as she jumped 2 lovely clear rounds. The morning of Frickley dawned wet and miserable I listened to the rain hammering on the roof as I plaited and definitely questioned my sanity. Things were not helped when Millie snatched away while having her stud holes cleaned and snapped the tap off in the hole! Thankfully Gareth managed to get it out but I could have done without the stress. The rain stopped at Newark and by the time we got half way up the A1 the sun came out. It was a lovely friendly event, the going was perfect and the cross country course was lovely. Millie enjoyed the show jumping rather too much and got very strong and flat resulting in 3 down which was a shame as I was pleased with a 35 dressage and she flew round the cross country. One day we will get it all right on the same day! We finished the eventing season at Norton Disney a couple of weeks ago. I was convinced it would be abandoned as the weather was so bad in the build up but again the going was perfect. A very spooky horse resulted in a 43 dressage and 8 faults show jumping but again she flew round the cross country making it feel very easy. We will be spending the winter doing lots of show jumping ready for our BE100 debut next season.
Keep an eye on our facebook this month as I will post photos of the stables as they go up.
Well it's been a busy month! Gareth has been hard at work preparing the base for the stables. As with all these things there have been a few setbacks. First an oil pipe failed on the digger so Gareth drove to Boston, bought a new one, fitted it and got back to work only for a different pipe to go. In response to this he replaced all the pipes managed a full days work and then the oil pump blew up! We managed to source a new one but it took a week to arrive and without a digger not much could be done. The new pump arrived and was duly fitted, we managed another couple of days great progress was being made then the turbo blew on the tractor.This took another week to fix and left us unable to move the hard core around. Hopefully that is our three things out of the way and nothing else will break! These delays unfortunately meant that harvest time was upon us. A week on and the harvest is nearly complete it has been much better than last year and we have a lovely stack of straw ready for the winter.
Despite the delays we have managed to get all of the hard core down for the stables base and it has now been rolled and is ready for concreting. Gareth hopes that by the end of the week most of the concrete will be down, we are praying that the weather is kind to us. In addition to this the site for the arena has been levelled and all of the drainage channels have been dug. Its so exciting to see things happening, the site is changing every day.
Millie and I have mainly been hacking this month as the ground has been so hard. We are at Frickley Park for the BE90 on Saturday so are hoping for some rain before then. We've not been to Frickley before but having seen some course photos from last year it looks like a lovely galloping course with lots of hedges which should really suit us. We are going to Sisson's on Wednesday night for some last minute show jumping practice as we've not jumped for a month due to the ground. I can't wait for our lovely new arena to be ready it will make life so much easier. I'll report on how we get on next month. Keep an eye on our face book this month as I'll keep uploading photos of the building work.
Well here we are in July 2013 and Midgate East Stables is finally under construction. We have been planning this since 2009 so we are both very excited. It has been a long road securing planning permission and finance but now it feels like the end is in sight and we hope to open in the Autumn. The lovely weather means that Gareth has managed to get all the hay making done this month it's all stacked in the barn and smelling lovely. Thank goodness it has been a much less stressful process than last year! The hardcore building began last week with the arrival of 600 tonnes of limestone for the base of the stables and arena- thats a pretty enormous pile of stone! Gareth has begun digging out the foundations and hopes to have that finished by the end of the week. The stable drains have been completed and it's fantastic to see progress being made.
In other news Millie and I have been out eventing for the first time in a couple of months we went to the Burghley Pony Club ODE. Burghley park really is a fantastic setting and given the weather the ground conditions were actually really good. Two poles down Show Jumping (always our nemesis) put us out of the placings but I was thrilled with a lovely clear around a really tough cross country. Probably won't get out again now until it rains as the ground is so hard, Gareth's potatoes could do with a drink too. I will update with our progress next month its exciting times at the moment.