Sunday, 29 December 2013
In the 1930s the Crendon Concrete Company was set up at Drakes Farm, a short distance to the south‐east of the village. What started as small scale gravel extraction expanded into a highly successful industry producing concrete framed agricultural buildings and providing much needed employment during the depression years in Long Crendon. Competition in the late 1980s followed by a recession in the early 1990s eventually led to the closure of the Crendon Concrete Company in 1994.
Saturday, 28 December 2013
Friday, 27 December 2013
Wednesday, 25 December 2013
Monday, 23 December 2013
Saturday, 21 December 2013
I brought home a bunch of holly from our hedgerow and I can't believe how shiny the leaves are. In previous years I have always bought it from the market and this is so incredible by comparison. The birds took almost all the berries a week or so ago - the only ones left were right down by the ground. Next year I will try and cut some and keep it in the barn.
Sadly there is still no sign at the farm of our young cat with her kittens. Apparently they have been sighted down in the village where I guess there is less coming and going.
Friday, 20 December 2013
Thursday, 19 December 2013
A few weeks ago we had chosen the Charnwood C-5 (it was cheaper than our original choice which matters when you are purchasing two and for me there was the added attraction of the Charnwood name). Because our builder could get a slight discount and as we didn't need them before Christmas we were happy to let him order them but to our horror he discovered that the next delivery date was expected to be the third week in February. We immediately did some phoning round and Dave found a firm in Stoke who had had a small delivery earlier this week and could let us have two, even better they could be delivered in a couple of days time at no extra charge ... and they were significantly cheaper than at the original stockist. A piece of much needed good news.
Tuesday, 17 December 2013
Yes this might seem a contradiction in terms but you know you have become a little too knowledgeable about a subject when on arriving at a bathroom showroom you are ecstatic that they have the Vitra S50 on display. It was what I thought would suit us having got the catalogue and so it was great to actually see it, the salesman was very helpful and we spent a most productive hour together!!
We should have known, on Grand Designs it is always the windows that cause problems.
Monday, 16 December 2013
Today is manic, we have people everywhere tackling plumbing, plastering, building and electrical work. It is quite overwhelming. Everyone wants instant decisions, sometimes about things we haven't even begun considering yet. Suddenly the farm doesn't feel 'ours' any more and I have reached a real low point and will be glad of a break from everyone over Christmas and hopefully time to draw breath.
Thursday, 12 December 2013
Tuesday, 10 December 2013
We have had enough and Dave and I leave them to it.
Monday, 9 December 2013
With all our time spent at the house the last week has been a rush of Christmas cooking and writing cards, but today in the sunshine and enjoying our very mild December weather making this was a real pleasure.