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 rallying round but Kev will be away for almost another 2 weeks.
I have realised this last week, how much work we actually share as I have had to do it all. Normally in the morning Kev will sort the animals and I will clean and relay the fire. He will get the wood in for the day and I will feed the dogs. It normally takes about an hour but now it is taking me two hours. 
The weather here this week has been really warm, up to 20ºC most days. This is great for getting outside to work. We have been trying to clear some of the chickens land to make a new vegetable patch. Most of last week was taken up with me raking stones to the side. Kev then put up the fence posts. That is as far as we have got as Kev had to leave but it is all ready to get the fencing up when he returns.

This month is the month for planting up seeds. We grow them on in the terrace to plant out in March or when the frosts have gone. We have been saving milk cartons for a while now with a plan to repurpose them into seed trays. My plan is to plant 200 tomatoes this year and so 50 milk cartons have be cut up. It is not hard work, just takes time but the sunshine has really helped as was the company of a good friend helping.

These will be planted up this coming week. I have decided to plant seeds spread out over 2 weeks as it can be a monotonous job, especially when making planters too. We normally do it all in one day but this is when there is more bodies to help. Plus being here alone, I just do not have time to allocate a full 8 or 10 hours to it, not in one go.


 

8th January 2018

enero 4, 2018
The weather here this week has been up and down. We have had warm, sunny days with strong winds with temperatures getting up to about 20ºC but also cloudy cold days with temps not going above 12ºC. We had rain predicted for the weekend and it came with a vengeance Saturday afternoon. We had thunder storms all evening, the lightening lit up the night sky on both sides of our house. 
Work here has been busy. We have started planning and preparing for our project this month. We are going to fen...
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2nd January 2018

enero 2, 2018
Realising that I have not posted for 6 months I thought I had better try to get back into writing again. I have had a very hard time sorting out in my head what is important and what isn't in life, since the death of my father. It makes you realise that life is short when you lose someone close and can really knock you for six. I still have bad days but more good days now and so feel that I can come back to blogging life with a renewed outlook.



We have moved closer to our goal of self sufficie...

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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 st...

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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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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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