UPDATES – February 2020
Its that time of year when my mind and heart are going back to the field and the tipis.
Today, I took the first walk through the field to check how the winter has treated the willow tipi and cedar kitchens.
An exposed field. perched at the top of one of the highest points in Pembrokeshire, gets hit by all manner of wind and I am always apprehensive to see what mischief the wind has got up to.
No unexpected shocks but a few things jotted down on a list and discussed with Justin. Time frames are so important at this time of year and February jobs are always weather dependent – everything to do with Pembrokeshire Tipis is weather dependent.
This February, the task will be to get the Black Thorn, Blackberry and Hawthorne hedges trimmed and ready for our visiting birds to enjoy and to ensure the spring growth does not invade the cedar kitchens – the blackberry can do a good job of this if we do not keep on top of it.
The Tipi wooden bases have weathered well over the years but they will be replaced this spring , with marine ply, to give each tipi good solid base for the futons to sit on.
This will be the main job for February, along with sanding and treating the 45 + poles.
The tipi poles need to be treated with linseed oil, so that water runs freely off them and to protect them; not just from the rain but the heat as well.
Each pole is checked for flexibility at this point and any poles that are too dry and do not “bounce” will be repurposed as logs,and new ones ordered from Nicholas Cooper, a local guy who makes my poles and wooden pegs, from native Pembrokeshire Wood.
I will let you know how it goes with another update at the end of February. hopefully the new floors will be down, and the blackberries trimmed and the poles ready to go up.