The build was progressing very well and we have had a really lovely team of builders working on site, but all has now come to a standstill because it seems the drawings did not allow for proper roof support. So it is "back to the drawing board" until they come up with a viable solution.
Pauline came to stay for a few days whilst the decorators were working at her house. We visited a nearby poultry farm and I bought another 6 hens and she bought 4. On Saturday and Sunday we went to River Cottage with a couple of young alpacas (the last of last year's boys) and our stall to sell the alpaca products which we normally sell in the farm shop. It was a really good event. Tickets were sold out well in advance and as well as enjoying ourselves (Pauline and I manned the stall together) we sold a lot of socks, pashminas, beanie hats and knitting wool, as well as the two alpacas we took with us. They are pictured above. It was not a misty day - I put the camera in the cold box so it was out of sight and when I took it out to photograph the boys and our stand, the lense misted over!!
As well as craft stalls, demonstrations, lovely food and incidentally good weather there was a Poultry breeder!! Pauline fell in love with some fancy chickens and decided to buy them and donate the two black rock hens she had purchased previously, to the Laurel Farm flock.