Rhydd Barn

Snow at Rhydd Barn!

Spring blooms

Summer in The Rhydd fields

Rosemary with dogs Lottie and Summer

Here I am, on the first day of summer, in The Rhydd fields with our small border collie, Lottie, and next door’s labrador Summer (who many of you might know!).

—Rosemary, owner of Rhydd Barn

Spring 2017 at Rhydd Barn

Our plant pots on the patio have been refreshed and spring flowers – primroses – are appearing in the little wild flower meadow despite the cold weather. The new gates installed last year have been varnished to protect them.

Rhydd Barn maintenance

We have been busy over the winter period with various maintenance works at Rhydd Barn. The converted stable to the north of the barn has been cleared out and decorated and our short-term plan is for guests to use it for secure storage (eg. for bicycles). Another water butt has been installed to help reduce mains water usage in the garden and on our patio plant containers. At the rear of the barn concrete has been added to fill in some small gaps and smoothen out the base of the stone wall. And, finally, the sewage treatment plant has been upgraded.

A few small repairs

Bathroom - towel railbathroom - mirror shelf

The photographs show that the towel rail in the bathroom, which had become unsafe, has now been replaced.

At the same time a new glass shelf was fitted under the mirror above the washbasin which is more securely attached to the wall.

Flowering meadow

CowslipsPrimroses and cowslips are flowering in the little meadow by the entrance gate to Rhydd Barn. More primroses have been planted this month.

Bluebells are flowering at the bottom of the slope behind the barn in ‘the dingle’.

The small white flowers of blackthorn are appearing in the hedgerows. A lovely warm sunny day after a cold and wet winter.

I have bought an attractive set of new saucepans for the kitchen.

Decorating

Daffodil

The north wall of the Rhydd Barn facing the common needed painting and this was done last week. The other walls were repaired where necessary with white paint. The iron hand rail on the steps and iron side gate have been re-painted black.

The Barn looks very smart for the new season.

The tubs on the patio are full of fresh daffodils—so spring is coming after such a wet winter.

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