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 asparagus is just beginning to produce spears. We had our first asparagus at the weekend on a salad.

Plum tree flowers

We found lemons and tomatoes cheap in a local shop. We have been preserving this bumper find for the last 2 weeks. Orange and lemon squash has been made to keep us going through the warmer months. Marmalades and candied peel has been made to store until needed. Tomato sauce for cooking, tomato soup and baked beans have all been preserved in jars. These foods should last for up to a year. My new preserving toy finally turned up. It seems a bit mad that it was cheaper to purchase this from America, pay delivery and import tax than buy it here in Spain. When I say cheaper...I mean half the price. This canner, I can see will be well used. I can now preserve everything from veggies to meats and fish.


2 weeks ago our friend the shepherd offered us the chance of clearing the outside part of his coral. We jumped at the chance as this means a whole years worth of manure for the garden. We asked some friends to help us as they would use this on their garden too, and spent a week scraping, shovelling and moving. It was hard work but well worth it as my first terrace bed is now finished all except for the plants.

Now all we need are the planters and trellis to grow things too cover the pump box.

Kev has been trying to find time to work on the storeroom. The steps are now complete. The next job is to brick up the old doorway and sort the floor so that it can be easily cleaned.


I need to apologise for the photos. They are the correct way up but when I upload them they change orientation and I have not found a way of changing it back. I have notified my providers and as soon as I find a way I will sort this problem.
 

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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2nd April 2016

abril 2, 2016
Got up this morning very early, before the cockerels even, to ensure I could find the time to write a post. February was my last post, which seems ages ago and if you remember we had put eggs into the incubator. Originally there were 20 egg, 2 were not viable. Out of the possible 18 we hatched 12, 2 others died during the hatching process. They are healthy, happy chicks that eat all day and are growing fast. They put on 350g in 4 weeks. We have another week of them inside at night and then th...
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16th February 2016

febrero 16, 2016
Another month gone, time flies by. Over a month since my promise of more posts! I was supposed to be going to England for a week to be with my parents but my mother was so stressed (she had a new boiler fitted and it all went terribly wrong!) that I decided to stay another week. Then my flight was cancelled and I had to rebook so in total I was away almost 3 weeks. I really miss this place, the open spaces and the work too.

On my return we had had notification from the well people that they wo...
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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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