11th May 2020

mayo 11, 2020
My goodness, over a month since I last posted and what a month it has been. Basically for most of April it rained. We had the odd dry day but mostly wet, damp days. This has made it very difficult to get the work done in the garden. The weeds are waist high in places as we just haven't had the time to clear it. 

There is a path in there somewhere!

Mum has had a really hard month. Lots of changes have taken place, the main one being her sleeping pattern. She was sleeping 12 hours or there abouts. This gave us time to get the animals sorted and morning chores done before she got up. During April that all changed. She was getting up in the night, 5 or 6 times, thinking it was morning. It now doesn't register that it is dark so time to be in bed. I always wake up early and really enjoy an hour or 2 alone in the morning. It allows me time for me, this is so important as a carer to keep you sane. This time has now gone too. Its like mum is waiting for me to get up no matter what time it is. Within a minute she is in the kitchen. This, I find is the hardest. We finally got so tired that we decided to get her a sleeping pill. We went for an all natural one that promotes melatonin production. This is the chemical that makes us sleep. She has been having them a week now and it has really settled her down. She is still up early in the mornings but is much more settled through the night, only getting up once for the toilet and then straight back to bed. 
Also she has had another 2 episodes where she passes out. We are now loathed to leave her alone for any length of time as one happened when she was sitting outside. When one of these happen, we notice little things different about her. she can find it hard to recall words, an example, the newly hatched chicks were ducks in the morning and cats at night when she was tired. The repetition of sentences during the day...the same sentence or question over and over again. Yesterday it was windy and she kept repeating, "the wind has really got up, do you often have wind like this?" We can hear the same sentence possibly up to 50 times a day. It can get very wearing. We try to redirect with humour normally. Even though this journey is hard our sense of humour keeps us all going. We do laugh lots, you have to be able to find the humour, it gets us through.

Back to the work here. On the odd days that we have been able to get outside we have been trying to clear beds and plant up. One such bed was the root bed. It had lots of swede and beetroot. I pickled the beetroot and canned the swede to store.


Mid April saw me receive 2 books for my permaculture course. I haven't had much free time to study this month but I have been able to read. The book on weeds is really eye-opening. It makes you look at the garden with a different mindset. We often leave weeds to grow in the summer as they protect our vegetable plants from the harsh sun. This book explains how they do so much more than this. They improve the soil, stop evaporation and add organic material to the garden, to name but a few benefits. 


One day we managed to move the new raspberry plants that had begun to grow. We dug them up and moved them closer to the wires, so that as they grow we can tie them up for easier picking. There were at least 10 new plants and I am sure there will be more grow as the season progresses


The garden is producing well. We have had an abundance of asparagus and artichokes too. All this wet weather has made the plants go mad. The broad beans are just starting to produce, as are the mange tu. We have lots of spinach, lettuce and chard ready for picking. The three sister planting on the new terrace, all the plants are growing well too. 

 

6th April 2020

abril 5, 2020
We have certainly had an eventful week here. It started off with rain, rain and yet more rain. We live our lives outside in the garden and to be shut in the house so much is very wearing. Anyway the sun shone on Friday, it started with a glorious sunrise and by the time mum came out for breakfast it was warm enough on the terrace to eat breakfast there. Kev and I were discussing what we were going to do outside when we saw mum slump in her chair. I caught her and Kev ran to get a duvet to put...
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30th March 2020

marzo 30, 2020
I cannot believe it has been 3 weeks since I have found the time to write a post. Time just flies past here. We have had 2 weeks of lock down with an extension of another 2 weeks at the minute. This hasn't really affected us much other than we have had to think about a plan in case Kev or I contract the virus. Mum has asthma and would be classed as high risk, so we would need to quarantine the contagious person to hopefully stop her from contracting it. What we have changed is Kev is the only...
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2nd March 2020

marzo 3, 2020
Another month passes here. Time moves so fast. Spring will be upon us this month, although most of the plants think we are already there. The days are getting longer and warmer. Most days we are around 20ºC or higher and lock up is almost 7.30pm now. We have not lit a fire for over a week, not even the gas fire. 
We have had a pretty uneventful week here as it goes. Mum has been quite settled. She has been asking if she can help almost every day. She has been hanging the washing out, peeling ...
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24th February 2020

febrero 25, 2020
The weather here has been positively spring like. It has been really warm everyday. The days are getting longer. We now do lock up at 7.15pm unless it is cloudy and it now starts to get light at about 7am. This means we can work longer during the day and we eat dinner as it is getting dusk.


Mum has been more settled this last week. She has even been helping! She has been hanging the washing out and bringing it in. She washes and dries up now after most meals. It is good to see her doing someth...
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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 prepara...
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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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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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