17th February 2020

febrero 18, 2020
The weather this week has been really kind to us. It has been sunny and warm all week which has allowed us to really crack on with the jobs in the garden. 
We have had a helper here this week. He has been working really hard doing lots of jobs that we have wanted to do but just  not had the time yet. He has taken all the broken animal houses down, stacked the wood and saved the screws to be used again. The turkey run has been tidied up and a new turkey house has been built. This was in preparation for the arrival of our new turkey tom that arrived Wednesday.


Our new turkey tom has been named pickle. He is very shy of humans and looks a bit moth eaten but I am sure given time he will come to trust us. He is displaying all the while but our female, onion isn't showing much interest at the minute. Fingers crossed she accepts him. He is just a year old so has plenty of time to grow into his role of chief protector.


Our helper has also been busy using old flooring to make dividers for one of our new projects. The chicken run has been extended with the idea of getting the chickens making the compost for us. There will be 2 sections, one for weeds and straw from animal houses and the second for house scraps and veggies. These will get turned from one section to another until it is ready to use. The idea is that the chickens scratch the contents down and enable decomposition to happen faster. They will add their poo too which is full of nitrogen and good for plants. We intend on moving the chickens in the back run, one cockerel and 6 hens down into, what has been called, compost corner. 


The broad beans, that were planted 3 weeks ago, are now getting too big for the cold frames. We decided to plant them out, at the front of the house, in the bed we prepared last week. We put 2 rows of onions between each row of broad beans in the hope that this will stop the black fly this year. They have the netting to grow up, as they grow quite tall. We love broad beans here. Having almost 100 plants means we may be able to can or freeze some for use in the winter.


Kev has been trying to sort out the container. He has been busy building shelves and trying to empty his other shed, by moving and ordering the stuff on the shelving. 

He has even built special shelves at the front for his building materials.


 

10th February 2020

febrero 10, 2020
This week the weather has been positively Spring like. It has been warm and sunny almost everyday. Mum has been able to sit outside while we have worked. Everyone has just felt happier. Even mum wasn't moaning as much! Most of this week we have only had the gas fire on, we have lit the range once and the bedroom fire twice. This is unheard of for me in February, it must be warm.

This mornings sunrise...glorious colours

This week I have been on a mission to find Onion, our female turkey a mate. ...
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3rd February 2020

febrero 3, 2020
This week has seen the weather improve. We have had gloriously sunny days, about 20ºC, perfect outside working weather. Mum has even been sitting outside in the warm sunshine. We have had a week of it with Mum. The middle of last week was her 75th birthday. I made her a big chocolate cake that she loved. We had a really good day. Lots of people rang her and she was busy all day. The day after we paid for the break in routine, mum refused to take her pills. I have managed to get round this by...
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27th January 2020

enero 26, 2020
Almost the end of the month. It has seemed to go by so fast. The weather this last week has been very gloomy. It has rained pretty much everyday and a few mammoth storms have passed us by. Our water stores are almost full. The pool has gone up 5 tiles, that is 5000 litres just from the rain. Everything is sodden. Yesterday, the sun finally decided to shine. How different it makes you feel to see the sunshine and blue skies. I finally got the washer on after a week of preserving power. 

We fina...
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20th January 2020

enero 19, 2020
Another week flies by and it is hard to believe that we are 2/3rds of the way through January already. We have so many projects on the go at the moment that there is always something to keep us busy. Add the normal day to day stuff too and we just don't stop during the day. Luckily the nights are drawing out slightly now. Lock up of animals is between 6.15 and 6.30pm depending on the weather. We have had a weather warning out  since yesterday for heavy rain, strong winds and even a possibilit...
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12th January 2020

enero 12, 2020
We have had a bit of a week of it here with Mum. She has been hard work all week. She is having vivid dreams and is mixing it up with reality. She thinks my brother lives across the bridge when in actual fact he lives on the Isle of White. She is convinced there is nothing wrong with her and we are keeping her prisoner. She said we lie to her all the time about letting her go home.
Wednesday she had a dream about being at home and in her dream she woke up walking down the street. In our mornin...
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6 January 2020

enero 5, 2020
The first post of the new year and new decade. Happy new year to everyone taking the time to read about our life. 
Wishing everyone health and happiness always. 
Our new years eve was a quiet affair. We sat and wrote out a plan of the big jobs we wish to complete in 2020. We were surprised that there are now less big jobs to get done. One main job is to render the house getting rid of the stipple effect. This will make painting the house much easier and less time consuming. Another big jobs is ...
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31st December 2019

diciembre 29, 2019
Almost at the end of 2019. Personally for us this has been a hard year. It feels like we haven't accomplished anything. We know this is not true but it is how it feels. We decided to sit and write down the positives of the year, that we could remember. We managed to think of over 60 positive things we had done or learnt over the last year. When you see it all written down it gives you a boost. So perhaps it wasn't such a bad year after all.

It was a chilly morning this morning, about 3 degrees...
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11th December 2019

diciembre 12, 2019
This week the weather has improved. We have had 20 degree sunshine most days, although the breeze has been chilly at times. It has been perfect weather for work outside. 
Last Wednesday we had one of the Lliria estate agent turn up at our gate. He had a couple that he was showing houses to, who had been let down for somewhere to stay. They were sleeping in their car. The weather last week was wet and really cold. He asked if we could have them stay here. I stopped doing B&B last January becaus...
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4th December 2019

diciembre 4, 2019
Another month gone. How time flies. We are now in the final month of 2019 and I can honestly say I will be glad when this year is over. Hopefully the new year will bring less heart ache for us.  The last few days here have been miserable, wet and cold and this morning is no different. The temperatures have dropped a good 10 degrees since Sunday. So we have been inside with fires lit and I have been cooking to keep busy.
We have been trying to get out to do Christmas shopping this past week but...
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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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