4th June 2017

junio 4, 2017
Another busy month has passed us by, seems like this year is flying by. May has been a bad month for me. It marked my dads birthday and his passing. To say I have struggled to keep going does not really explain how I have been feeling, but my dad loved coming here and helping, so I have tried to keep busy to stop my thoughts and feelings overwhelming me.
The weather here is very odd. We have had lots of rain. It is now June, it never rains in June but the last 2 days we have had storm after storm, with torrential downpours and even hail the size of ping pong balls!
The rain has been good for the garden. Everything is thriving. The fruit trees look really green and healthy, the veggies are producing abundantly and we have been able to grow new seedlings and plant seeds in the garden too.

May has seen us try something new. We bought 4 strawbales and placed them around the back of the house as this area gets the most shade in the summer. We soaked it for 10 days, then covered it in compost from the sheep we collected. We planted up our salad crop, a few melons and put some carrot, spinach and onions seeds in too. With all this rain it seems to be doing fine. The seeds are beginning to sprout and all the plants have survived.

We have had a really inventive time too, making a new raised bed infront of the shed. We have planted this up with climbing roses to cover the shed walls, lavendar, sage and a pretty plant for ground cover. I don't know the name of this plant but it has lots of different coloured flowers on it an looks like a succulent to me.


We had a real problem with green and black fly this year. So much so that the garlic spray didn't even touch it. Our poor peach tree looked like it was a gonna so I planted garlic around the base as a last ditch attempt to keep it. It has grown new shoots and is looking quite healthy now...so, garlic is definitely the way to go.

Our one raspberry plant has now become 3, with little shoots appearing all over the perma bed. We have dug these up and moved them to the new fruit bed at the front by the gate. We are hoping to use the fence to grow them up next year. The 3 original plants are beginning to give us raspberries. There is nothing like picking fruit to eat straight away.

Our potatoes seem to be growing well, they are in flower. We shall be eating new potatoes soon. I planted these with squash and bush beans as companions. The squash are flowering too with a few small fruits forming and the beans are beginning to flower. Normally when the temperature goes over 30c the flowers on beans do not set but hopefully the shade provided by the potatoes will stop this and we will get some beans for the first time!

We have been clearing another bed of weeds an planted this one up with root veg. It has been covered in straw to conserve the water. Hopefully the straw will dry out but the soil will stay damp underneath. The seedlings should be able to push their way through to find daylight and the straw will break down and feed our root crop as they grow.


We have completed the upgrade for the rabbits in 3 of the four runs.  We have decided to plant herbs and trees into these runs to allow the rabbits a bit more choice of food. We have planted seeds and now we wait for them to sprout.

This is the males run. We left the weeds hoping they would grow through the soil.

This week saw 10 new arrivals to our little small holding. These are all male turkey poults to fatten up ready for Christmas. They were very unsure in the beginning but 2 days later they are loving their new home and freedom.
On a final note, we put eggs into the incubator a few weeks ago and this morning we got up to 2 new chicks. These 2 are the strong ones as they are not due until tomorrow. Hopefully we get more by Tuesday.
 

2nd May 2017

mayo 2, 2017
April has been such a busy month for us. We have had 2 weeks taken up with visitors, all very keen and wanting to work. Then at the end of the month we had our annual event that is sampling our home made produce. It takes a week to prepare for but is always a lot of fun. We love meeting new people and this event is the best way to do just that.
Well, we have been trying to plant up the garden. We have a range of vegetables growing all on the verge of producing. We have been picking artichokes ...
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11th March 2017

marzo 11, 2017
Another month passes us by. The weather here is still very changeable, one day it is sunny and almost 30 degrees and the next it is wet and miserable. Spring is definitely here, the almond trees are in blossom, although ours are at the end of flowering and you can see al the small nuts forming. With all the wet, warm weather, looks like we may get a bumper crop.
Our fruit trees are doing well. The plum, cherry and nectarine are flowering with the apples and pear just coming into bud. The aspar...
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23rd February 2017

febrero 22, 2017
Tthe weather here has been up and down over the last 3 weeks. We have spent lots of time indoors during rainy days and then spent days playing catchup. We have struggled at times to make sure we have enough dry wood cut to keep our 2 fires going as well as keeping the animal shelters dry. All we seem to have done is chop wood, stack it and clean out the animals giving them all fresh bedding. We have done much more than this but because it is half a day here and there it feels like we have don...

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3rd February 2017

febrero 3, 2017
The temperatures here have increased, especially at night. Most days this week have seen the sun shining and temperatures of 15 degrees or more. Today, however, the wind is blowing. We are expecting this to last for the next 3 or 4 days. At least it is still sunny and the solar system is charging fine.
We have been really busy this week collecting wood. Kev has been out at least twice a week collecting and we were running out of places to put it. Jan and I spent one afternoon using the petrol ...
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24 January 2017

enero 24, 2017
Happy new year to everyone. A bit belated I know. Life this last year has been a little unkind to us. It has been hard to celebrate the festivities with the vigor of previous years. This is the first year that we have not set goals, we just couldn't make a decision and planning has seemed a little pointless. We have decided to carry on with last years list and possibly add to it as and when we feel the need. We are allowing ourselves time to heal and trying not to get down hearted when stuff ...
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7th October 2016

octubre 7, 2016
Another month passes, the seasons are changing from summer to autumn. I love this time of year. It is cool enough now to begin some of the jobs we have been planning all summer. The temperatures here are mid to high twenties. We have to ensure we still drink plenty of fluids through out the day but it is lovely to be out in the garden doing jobs again. 
All of the almonds have been picked, husked and sold. We got just over 300kg this year. Not as good a crop as last year, the frosts came at bl...
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22nd September 2016

septiembre 22, 2016
Today's blog post is not such a happy one. Our beloved friend and protector passed away early Saturday morning. I am talking about our 11 year old German shepherd, George. The house feels empty without him and Stanley is feeling it too. We are conscious that we need another big dog around the place and as a companion for Stanley but we just cannot bring ourselves to look for one. I guess when the time is right for us we will start looking. 

George doing what he loved, lazing around in the suns...

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11th September 2016

septiembre 11, 2016
We are now well on they way to autumn but our weather is still so hot. Last week we saw winds from the sahara blowing up through Spain. This wind increased our temperatures from mid 30s to 40+. It was uncomfortably hot day and night but thank goodness this week is cooler, a mere 35 during the day falling to a comfortable 20 something at night. We still have to follow the summer ritual of windows open at night and closed during the day with curtains shut to keep out the heat. This keeps the ho...
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28thJuly 2016

julio 28, 2016
Oh my how time seems to fly past. It has been months since my last post mainly due to family problems. I have been away in England for 8 weeks as my father was taken poorly. He didn't get over the illness and passed away on the 29th May. I stayed with my mum to try to help her adjust to life on her own. This means that there is a large period of time where not much has got done here. Having said that I am so glad to be back to my life and being busy. I will try to bring you up to speed with e...
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In our previous lives in England, Kev was in the Army and then worked for the prison service when he came out. I was a teacher in Formby, Liverpool. Both jobs became full time, take work home with you jobs...and so the work/home life balance was not ever heard of in our house. The reason we moved to Spain was so that I (Michelle) could learn Spanish and then return to England and teach Spanish to all children within the school. We both took a 2 year sabbatical with every intention of returning, but as you can see we fell in love with Spain, the people, the culture and the laid back way of life, and cannot forsee us moving back to England in the near future.

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