Early start, late finish.

It has been a funny start to the season, late March, early April showed so much promise with temperatures reaching the mid twenties (77f). The noise of traction could be heard all around as farmers rushed to get seed in the ground. We were no exception and with a new array of tractor tools fashioned from old horse drawn equipment I set too and managed to prepare the ground for a dusting of oats by the 5th of April. A good early start to the years crops.

But then the gods realised that they had made a mistake and sent the cold and wet back to remind us that it’s they are in charge and that we have little control as mere humans

Not that the weather was that bad, more wet than cold, but this postponed the planting of barley, for a beer making project, until the 20th. The potatoes went in the next day on the 21st and then a mad flurry of activity for the next two days saw the other main crops going in, carrots, peas, onions, etc. and just in time as the heavens have opened again and the threat of frost is hanging over us. I hope the blooming and budding fruit trees will be ok.

The windowsills are jammed with seed pots ready for the better weather after the last frost in the middle of May, and the mother in-law is bringing on a fine selection of tomatoes and cabbages in her greenhouse. I also planted the first hundred pumpkin seeds with probably the same again today once we have found enough pots (any container will do that I can drill holes in the bottom of)

The only North facing window, free of chilli seedling pots.


Mind you the poor weather has some advantages as we have made progress in the house. With only one room to complete and some minor work in the kitchen we should be almost set, inside at least. The outside still needs work, a barrier for the terrace been the priority once we decide on the design and the the weather improves.

We have even had guests, first from Ireland and then from Jersey, thankfully they were friends and they didn’t mind the lingering paint pots or cordless tools scattered about the place, well at least they said they didn’t mind 🙂

One of the guest rooms with truth window and cream separating lampshade!


Now for the final push to make sure we can pack a few paying customers in for the summer, please contact us if you are interested in a quiet holiday in rural Poland, I’m sure we can do a deal if you don’t mind feeding the goats!


Author: Eddy Winko

Left the rat race to live a less hectic and harmful life. From the building of a straw bale house to the composting toilet diaries; read my blog https://winkos.wordpress.com/

13 thoughts on “Early start, late finish.”

  1. That’s a fancy looking guest room, Eddy. I had the idea the inside was still unfinished. You must be better at building things than I am…at least I hope so. 🙂

  2. Eddie, your place is gorgeous! Our oldest built a strawbale house eight years ago, windy Minnesota but it stays warm inside those thick walls. We have to rely on our east-west ‘holler’ to keep us warm; fortunately we have a southern exposure, sun most of the day —
    We also have had the early warm temps and then cold — hard freeze took off the forsythia and pear blossoms, plums as well, but the apples and cherries are looking really good so far. We’re a little behind on rain, which always makes me nervous —
    Bless your gardens!
    Beth D.

    1. Thank you Beth, Gosia has a keen eye when it comes to decorating and furnishing the house, I’m just the hired help. The only problem I have is getting through the list of things to do, although at least I’m doing them in a warm environment. We too have a southern exposure and even with the colder weather at the moment we can go without heating the house most days if the sun shines.
      Fingers crossed the weather goes our way soon, we get some sun and you get some rain. All the best, Eddy

    1. Poland is the land of improvisation, a communist legacy, and I’m fast developing my skills 🙂 That reminds me I must fit the summer tyres back on the van!

  3. We had snow and hail on Sunday, Eddy. Winds from the north threaten to chill the rest of the week too. As my Mum always said, ‘Ne’re cast a clout, till May be out…’
    Glad to hear the you have had visitors. Maybe one day, even with that awful composting toilet…Who knows? (I might have to come alone though…)
    Cheers, Pete. (Love to all three of you.) x

    1. You would always both be very welcome Pete, special blogging discounts apply, mind you is there an airport in Norfolk?
      The approach to the composting toilet is always cautious, but everyone leaves with a new understanding…and a little bit of sawdust on their bottom 🙂

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