Lodge Extension Rebuild 2019
Good Progress February 2019
Slowly but surely things started to move in the right direction as the unusually mild weather stayed.
Farnley Estate Winter Works 2019
Now is the time of our winters works! I have removed the Lodge extension thanks Ratty !The cement had been signed by dear Ratty in 2006 it was a bugger to remove and must have been a strong mix of nuclear concrete! Our guests have asked for some improvements and as such the old plumbing, eco toilet , gas supply pipes , old generator , the store and old asbestos roofing just had to go. We did what we could to get things rolling two years back to try and retain at least half the extension and it was patched together after falling in. Over time and facing north just added to our problems and all this was really taking its toll on the Lodge's north cladding. We are following the footprint of the old extension plus a little but this time following the exact roofline rather than a T Fall or Lean To design.
Here are some pictures of progress. Andy an architect friend John T a surveyor and Kenny a groundworks engineer, Mike T , Peter and yours truly have intensively sketched drawings, planned the layout , build sequence , materials , siting and installation of cess tank to meet latest legislation.The first part of the pads that the wooden extension will sit on has inevitably been delayed by poor weather !!
We will keep you posted in the near future of progress !
Meanwhile demolition is over :
Farnley Estate Tyne Salmon Improvements 2018
Early Spring 2018
Farnley Estate Tyne Salmon Improvements 2018
Its been a long hard winter. The gang took up many challenges which we felt as owners were needed to improve the experience for you our guests in the years ahead. So what were we up to ?
We have had a water supply on the land for decades but digging it up and inspection of its condition meant that it was not fit for purpose to use for human consumption. There followed a long and boring series of discussions with Northumbrian Water "you can't use the culvert under the railway", Network Rail its our culvert if you want to use it you need to pay us. Trust me these vast organisations are ridiculous to deal with as a small business and will empty your funds. Anyway enough ranting about what's wrong in the UK.
So we set about reading the specifications required for a 300 metre run and thanks to the massive efforts of the estate and brilliant digger operations from Michael Tulip we got there. The conditions were absolutely bitter freezing , snow winds! Eventually with Barry Mitchell and Oscar Else we unwound the 2inch pipe sections which are total bastards being coiled and like wrestling a giant python.
Eventually thanks to Robert Charlton and his team the line could be charged with chlorinated water and pressure testing begin!
Ideally the pressure should settle to that defined say 8 BAR but things didn't work out that way and a combination of air taking ages to purge and freezing temperature meant Northumbrian water rejected the first tests but after digging up the joints more water more pumping and checking the valve we got there !!!
Roll out the pipe !
One serious trench !
We now have a supply in place and our guests and the various facilities water albeit the wrong side of the railway currently as we won't be held to ransom, as that story develops we will keep you updated.
Our new standpipe in place water now on tap ! tanks cleaned , the water tastes excellent and makes a fine cup of tea !
Summer 2017 Farnley Estate Improvments
May & June 2017
Work on many fronts
We have been very fortunate to be helped by Mike Tiffin and his friends the trout cabin is now watertight , decorated and externally completely refurbished ! The are around is being landscaped and seeded plus other developments to be completed in due course!
More pictures in due course , its now fully painted and seeding and general tidy up happening.
In June we set out to really slay a large area to the east beyond our central island. After a week of tremendous progress and many thanks to Barry Nichol and Richard Guppy (if your looking for a top class London or North based Chartered Accountant get in touch) . Testament to this we are now seeing more wildlife , better fly life and fish are moving in greater numbers with a great ripple down the lake.
Salmon Lodge Final Coats
After a very wet period in spring we had a chance to get a quality undercoat on then at last the much discussed sage final coats. Alan did a great job carefully applying the coats and everyone is commenting how splendid it all looks. We have the front room to decorate and the floor to be laid now so upward and onward.
We looked around to understand the potential solutions for provisioning a suitable toilet for our guests and missed the boat for some early guests. Not wanting a cess pit we found an excellent solution from Natsol and duly ordered the kit .After reading the instructions we set to work . The design was implemented in three stages. Firstly a pit for the container and decking built exactly to the required template thanks here to Mike Tiffin and Alan Austin . The next step a vent stack groundworks and soil soakaway. We then built an interior surround and supplied all the materials for the operation. The system works excellently and I can testify it beats using the land with privacy and a good level of comfort ...oh and importantly is environmentally sound.
Despite very challenging conditions a great deal of activity had been taking place which will improve everyone's enjoyment of the Estate. Lets start with the tidy up after the bridge and canal installation. Here a great area for wildlife had too many dangerous trees and undergrowth that were just taking over the waterways and we felt the need to reconnect the lagoon to the main lake in another location. The testament now are the lovely fish swimming through the new opening and light flooding in which will improve fly life , bird life and native water plants will return.
John and Alan got stuck in and the area is looking most pristine. Fifey has stacked chopped and stored the wood and the bridge is very securely in place in case the Tyne breaches the lakes again.
Ian S and Alan installed a lovely gate and fence next to the right of way which will help the privacy for ourselves and our paying guests. Barry N has been working on improvements also.
The lodge was in great need of some serious TLC and a plan was hatched to do the job as professionally as possible to a budget.