Monday, January 24, 2011
Friday, January 21, 2011
|Looking into Fordhall's new farm shop and butchery|
The warmer weather has meant that the brickies have been able to crack on with relaying the old bricks with lime mortar, and as a result the character of our old building is coming back.
A volunteer emailed me earlier today to ask if I could send him evidence of the shower room that will go in for volunteers (those who have volunteered at Fordhall will know that the current asbestos decontamination unit can get quite cold in the winter!). It is a bit difficult to see as walls are going up very quickly, but there is one single and one disabled toilet on the left behind the old brick wall (in the image below) and the shower will be in with the disabled toilet. Volunteers may be disappointed to hear that it will be smaller than the current shower, but it will at least be warm and available all year!
|And behind the old brick wall toilets and a volunteer shower are being created from recycled blocks.|
Fordhalls new facilities have been generously part funded by Advantage West Midlands
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Wednesday, January 19, 2011
|Birds, butterflies, insects and small mammels all need diverse plant life to survive.|
For years, we have treated the symptoms of unhealthy plants by prescribing fertilisers and pesticides or imposing mechanical operations. We have ignored the crucial role of the soil - the area which for milennia has been the backbone for all life on the surface. By working to improve the health of our soil, our plants/crops will grow healthy and in abundance.
|Clover - one of the farmers' best friends.|
... I can't wait for our orchard in the pig paddocks to blossom!
All in all, a very fascinating January, with lots to spear us on at Fordhall for the next 12 months.
p.s. If you haven't already joined Hugh's Fish Fight - do it now!
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Friday, January 14, 2011
|The view inside our tearoom. It might not look like much yet... but just wait and see :-)|
Work on our Old Dairy has notched up a gear as the walls go up extremely fast. There is even talks of the mild weather allowing the external old brick work to be repaired next week. We are all keeping our fingers crossed for the mild weather to continue.
|Looking toward the new farm shop and butchery.|
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Thursday, January 13, 2011
|New sub floors go into our Old Dairy. The space here will include Ben's butchery and farm shop as well as toilets and a volunteer shower - very exciting!|
As the new year gets underway our building is really starting to take shape. Last week the warmer temperatures allowed our first layer of concrete to be laid. This has provided the remaining walls with much needed stability, whilst work on the internal structure continues.
It is amazing to walk around Fordhall and each day there is a different view to look at. Now building sites might not always be the most exciting places, but we are certainly getting a lot of enjoyment about seeing our building at Fordhall progress. Seeing the new floor go in was a great step forward and allows us to really begin to visualise the space.
But, as soon as the floor was set, Shingler set about building the internal structure and it began to look smaller again! This inner leaf will provide the stability we need to hold the first floor and the roof. Although it looks like a lot of concrete block, these blocks are all 80% recycled aggregate and so we are doing our bit wherever we can. Soon the structure for the roof and first floor will appear and our building will really begin to take shape.
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Tuesday, January 11, 2011
Monday, January 10, 2011
We also have our stunning Fordhall Farmhouse from Lilliput Lane back in stock here in the office after we sold out over the Christmas period. Stocks of these are limited too so please be quick if you want one! To reserve one please email the office on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01630 638696.
These are £25 each.
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Thursday, January 06, 2011
|Fordhall Farm Frost Dec 2010|
|Shingler construction soon move forward with rebuilding the internal walls in recycled block whilst additional scaffolding supports the existing walls.|
|The damp proof membrane goes in Fordhall's Old Dairy Building and final touches are made before the concrete is laid.|
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