Until the cabins arrive later in March, most weekends have been spent prepping the site. This has included clearing remnants of the time we kept a dairy herd, digging trenches, laying drainage, creating the new entrance to the field and laying hardcore for the track leading to each cabin.

Trying not to dig too deep in these extremely wet ground conditions is proving a challenge as we don’t want to use any more hardcore than necessary. Laying a membrane underneath the stone has helped by preventing it from disappearing into the mud!

So far we’ve laid 200m of drainage pipes and used 80 tonnes of hardcore, which I managed to buy on contract in December before they increased the prices in the new year!

We had no mishaps or hidden surprises – apart from father getting the mini digger a little stuck! Currently, it is extremely hard to visualise the cabins, but at least we are making a start.