December was busy and productive, January less so. Some concrete was poured then Gwyn went skiing for a week in Austria and brought back snow and ice. Not the requested cow bell. It gave us an excuse to test the new sledges and made for some very pretty photos but put a stop to anymore concrete work. Too cold. In the meantime, the rotten sycamore was felled (see previous post) and we had some fencing erected in the field in front of the barn.
That doesn’t sound very exciting but it is to us as it means we have an area of the field set aside for guest car parking and a separate garden and barbecue area. The natural/organic lawnmowers (sheep and cows) can continue to use the field until we turn it into a pump / cyclocross track. That’s next year’s project. We have lots of other ideas for the field including a sauna and pizza oven. The latter inspired by many happy, slightly drunken evenings spent at Bob and Ian’s pizza nights at Casal dei Fichi.