Gladys has had another trip to the vets last week. Since her last encounter with a truck we have been more careful letting off the lead but we now have the field and she is free to wander its large spaces. Interestingly she has become more of a home dog lately getting older now and happy to be with us while we are working. However last week we had a visit from a local hare into the filed and Gladys got the smell and was off like a young greyhound. The hare apparently went through the fence at speed at the far side of the field but Gladys did not get through and managed to damage the muscles in her leg and shoulder. She was obviously in severe pain so off to vets we went and we seen very quickly. After 10 x-rays!! no broken bones found and a diagnosis of muscle tear and pain killers and anti inflammatory administered and ordered to rest for 10 days. Its been 5 days now and the swelling has gone down and she is back to normal but still going to rest for another 5 days .
Gladys resting in a made up couch in a raised bed.
Meanwhile, we have erected a new poly-tunnel. Lots of digging and sweating in this humid weather but also very satisfying.
starting with erecting the frame, the ground already been prepared by covering the space with tarps.
Then digging out the top soil and putting the good stuff in prepared raised beds
After finishing the dig out with help from Gladys! it was time to cover the surface with ground membrane and temporary traps.
before finally fitting the cover
and securing to the frame
Its weird doing this and changing our life style so completely, from chugging along in the boat along the waterways of France and Belgium to aiming to develop a piece of France and to change our tiny bit of the world a little tad. It is a strange feeling at times but we have a big smile on my face most days.
This post was written by Terry Barrett
Photographs by Tes