7th September 2020

septiembre 5, 2020
Woke up this morning to cloudy skies and cool air. Rain is predicted today and will be very welcome. Hopefully no watering later. It has been a few months since my last post, I just never seen to have any time to sit and write anymore. It gets quite frustrating at times, as I have every intention but then life just gets in the way.
Update on mum...she is as healthy as an ox. She is eating well and drinks OK too. She sits a lot and anything and everything wears here out. She helps wash up, but we have to check the water as she will use cold water instead of hot. She will get the washing in and fold the clothes but this really wears her out. She is sleeping a good 12 hours now with the help from the melatonin and herb capsule she has at night. Around the full moon, she wanders in the night and we have had a few bad nights sleep. The moon cycles seem to really unsettle her. We are now locking doors to ensure she cannot hurt herself in the event that I do not hear her get up. This hasn't happened yet, I must sleep with one ear open at all times. 
About 6 weeks ago we had an animal attack. It wiped out our ducklings, ducks and had a few chickens that wouldn't go in at night to roost. We were left with about 5 ducklings out of 30. We were devastated. But we spent a few days sorting the fence line again and we now hope we are safe once again. We have had another batch of ducklings hatch since then so we should be OK for meat this coming year. One little duckling I found was still alive, barely. He had a head injury. I put him in my pocket so that he would not die alone. He was a fighter and so far has pulled through. He has had to learn how to do everything again. He has been named Dougal and he is just beginning to walk. He is still struggling with balance but I am sure he will get there.

Sincen January I have been doing a permaculture design course. I am hoping to get it finished and graduate in December. I am really enjoying this course and implementing new ideas. We have realised that there are a lot of things we can do to ease our workload. One of them is growing perennial vegetables. We have some already, asparagus, artichokes, fruit bushes and our trees but there are lots more that we can grow that will cut down our planting every year. These plants will also help improve our soil by adding organic matter naturally as plants do in the wild. I am using this book to help me source plants that will grow here.

I have been canning like crazy here. In the last week alone I have gone through almost 150 jars. Our store room is filling up nicely. At the minute I am canning apples from our trees. I have made apple sauce to use when making cakes. This enables me to cut back on the sugar mainly for mums health. As she progresses with this disease she will crave sweet things. I am hoping that I can ease these cravings with healthier foods that I make at home. It will also help keep her regular as that is another side effect of only eating sugar. As well as the sauce I have canned apple and blackberries and just plain apples for pies. I have also frozen some whole for baked apples in the winter months. Something new I have tried is canning figs. I made a cake from them that was very nice so there will be more canned this week. I have canned lots of tomatoes and our third planting are still producing so more to come. Jams made this year are plum and fig. They are both yummy. In the winter I will make another batch of marmalade too. 

The dehydrator has been working overtime. It has been on drying pretty much all summer. I have been drying leaves to make into green powders to add to cooking. I have dried olive leaves, mallow, amaranth,  purslane and lambs quarter too. All of these leaves add extra vitamins, minerals and fiber to foods. All of last years canned grapes have been dried for use in cakes and Christmas treats. At the minute the dehydrator is drying figs and apples too.

The garden is beginning to show signs of the seasons changing. The squash plants are coming to the end of their productive life. We still have lots of peppers, aubergines, celery and sweet potatoes to come. We planted out a second lot of corn in August. I think it may have been too late but its just an experiment to see if we can get 2 crops a year. The yellow cherry toms have finished but the red seem to have got a second lease of life as the temperatures drop from 40 degrees to about 30. We have lots of winter seedlings growing, cabbage, cauliflower, brocoli and Brussels ready to plant out as and when we have a space. 
 

20th July 2020

julio 19, 2020
This week has seen storms developing. The high temperature just lead to it. We have had some very welcome rain that has freshened up the air and made life a bit more comfortable.
Mum got up one morning with a very red ankle. I checked for a bite but couldn't find one. We believe it was just an infection. Dementia sufferers are prone to infections for no reason. We started her on 4 cups of olive leaf tea a day as she refused to go to the doctors, telling me she would go when she got home. Withi...
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13th July 2020

julio 12, 2020
Oh my goodness, just over 2 full months since I have published a post. Life is just so busy, I don't seem to get 5 minutes to myself anymore. I am not complaining as this time I am getting with mum is priceless. I just cannot believe how fast time passes. 
The weather here has been hot, hot, hot. We have had 20c nights and 30c or more days. It is a bit too hot for mum to sit out in it without shade and even with shade she struggles some days. The bonus at the moment is that she is still using ...
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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...
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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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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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