11th September 2019

septiembre 6, 2019
Another week gone in a flash. Tomorrow we fly to the UK to lay Kevs dads ashes to rest. I have my youngest son Gary arriving today to spend some time with his grandmother so that we could go alone. It is a much needed break away. I love my mother immensely but the repetition gets you down when life throws you yet another curve ball to deal with, so a few days away are just what the doctor ordered.

Kev has been rendering the back of the house around our bedroom doors for a few days this past week. This will make it much easier to paint rather than the pebble dash. He will paint it with water proof paint and then cover it with a coat of white paint to reflect the heat. Hopefully this will sort the damp problem in the bedroom. Kev will take off the old render on the inside wall and re-render once it is dry.


A friend gave us crab apples on Wednesday night. I decided to make crab apple jelly with them. It was simple enough to make just boil the apples down, strain, add sugar and boil until sets when tested. I also canned more grapes. Black ones this time.


The garden is being weeded slowly. I try to do some everyday. At the weekend we planted up lots of brassica and root veg seeds. We have and are still panting up seedlings bought from the local village to give us a succession. Hopefully this will keep us going over the winter.


A while ago I planted 4 avocado stones in pots. I used our garden soil to grow them in as I read that the seedlings mostly die when planted out if not germinated in the soil they will grow in. To date I have 2 that have germinated. There is a crack forming in another one so hopefully we will have 3 to pot up next spring.

 

4th September 2019

septiembre 6, 2019
We can tell that another month has passed us by. The nights are drawing in and daybreak is later. I cannot go  for my walk now until about 7.15am as it is not light enough to see before then. There is a plus side in that the mornings are much cooler and so work outside can resume.

Kev has been busy rendering the outside of the house. It is such a mammoth task that we have decided to do it a bit at a time. This bit is outside of our bedroom. We found some damp in our room and so thought the ren...
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28th August 2019

agosto 29, 2019
Got up this morning to a cooler morning. A jumper is needed now when I go out walking. I am  a bit late with this blog post as we have been really busy with the bedroom. Last Thursday we went and bought lavender and a light grey paint for the walls and black out blinds for the windows. I wanted the bedroom to be a place where we could go and relax with calming colours. As for the blinds, they are great. They do exactly what they say they do.

I picked tomatoes in the week and decided to make ba...
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21st August 2019

agosto 21, 2019
Got up this morning very, very early as I just could not sleep. This is not a good thing when caring for someone with dementia. I have found that my mood directly feeds into mums mood. She becomes a reflection of whatever I am feeling. I have started to journal to be able to get my feelings out and try to stay calm when things get to me. I have found this really helps.

This morning finally, we got some rain...looks like it may be in for the day...we can hope. The weather the last few days has ...
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14th August 2019

agosto 13, 2019
Got up this morning before it was light. I sat and watched the sunrise in the cool morning air. This is my favourite time of the day.

We had really hot weather last week until Sunday. It was far too hot to do anything outside other than pick the vegetables that were ready. I have had a lot of tomatoes this month and decided since Mum loves tomato ketchup to make her some and can it. I use a River Cottage recipe and it is lovely, much better than the bought stuff. Trouble was that the hot weath...
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7th August 2019

agosto 7, 2019
Got up this morning to a cloudy sky. It was humid and hot as the sun was rising. As I went out for my walk the sun tried to break through the clouds and the temperature began to rise. By the time I got home at 7.30am it must have been 25º.This week they are predicting another heat wave above 40º. I am so glad we have a pool to cool off in although it is almost too warm to really cool down.

As for the garden, other than picking the produce there is nothing going on. We have been picking tomat...
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31st July 2019

julio 31, 2019
Another month almost gone. The weather here is getting hotter. I try to get out walking by about 6.30am so that it is cool. This is my me time, the only time I get without my mum. It is priceless for my sanity!

This week has been spent picking vegetables and canning for storage. Every other day I go and pick tomatoes, summer squash, aubergines and peppers. I cook up the tomatoes, then add the other veg for a few minutes, then can using the pressure canner. We have about 24 jars of mixed veg st...
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23rd July 2019

julio 24, 2019
Got up this morning early to go for a walk. The temperature was still around 24ºC. By 8am this morning it was getting too hot to do anything outside. The days this week have been spent inside from about 10am, so this is very early to be getting too hot.
Kev has been busy this past week building shelves in the store room. I now have double the storage room. All of the bags that stored my jars have gone. All the jars are now out and organised into sizes so we know exactly what we have. We are l...

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17th July 2019

julio 17, 2019
Oh my goodness! It has been almost 18 months since my last post. I have allowed life to get in the way and my writing has suffered. We have been having a pretty hard time of it for the last 5 years or so. It all started with my dad being diagnosed with dementia. This meant I spent extended periods away from home to help my mum out. As my dad progressed and was coming to the end of his battle, Kevs dad was diagnosed too. This meant we were both travelling back to the uk to support family. I am...

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21st January 2018

enero 20, 2018
I missed last weeks post as I just didn't have time to write anything. Kev´s dad was taken poorly and so a flight was booked with 2 days notice. This meant we had to try to get lots of stuff done to last me the time he is away. We spent last weekend chopping wood, checking solar, water pumps, drip feed systems, ensuring there was enough water buckets filled, stocking up with kindling and stocking up on animal feed too. Kev left very early Monday morning and thankfully his dad seems to be ral...
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About us...


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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