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 looking to buy boxes to go on the floor to store our vegetables and fruit in. This has freed up so much space in the store room. I still have some sorting to do in there and I need to paint the walls again but it is getting there.



In the garden this week it has been all about seeds. We let plants go to seed so that we can collect them and use at planting time. Out on the land we have kale, swede and carrots. They have been collected, stored in pots, labelled and dated.
This week I saw we have seeds forming on the asparagus. They are little red berries. This means that I can grow my own asparagus plants.
 

We have some very pretty purple flowers that are the artichokes going to seed. These produce quite a lot of seed in one flower head.



We have celery pods too



And we found big green berries on the Laurel tree.



Tuesday (yesterday) saw the beginning of our bathroom revamp. We had a leak under the floor and so we decided while everything would be taken out, to have a new shower put in. This will be flush with the floor and open one end so that it is possible for  me to help mum shower as and when the time comes on her journey. We are having a very gentle shower head put in as we know mums skin will become very sensitive to any type of feeling.  I know that we are lucky in that we already have an inkling as to what will happen and so we can prepare for it before, but then on the other hand, for me and Kev it is also a journey of dread just waiting for the next thing to be forgotten. 










 

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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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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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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