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 finally got mums medication sorted last week. There is a new inhaler that she is refusing to take but we can buy her old ones over the counter so it wasn't a big deal. She has been a bit miserable this week, as we all have really, being stuck inside is not good for any of us.

This last week has been spent mainly indoors due to the storms. When we have had a break in weather we have been trying to sort the trees on the terraced garden. We have started the process of making a guild under each tree. When my herb seedlings have grown sufficiently they will be planted out around the trees. I plan  on planting garlic and onions this week around the edge of the trees,


The apple and pear trees on the beds at the back of the house, have grown far too tall. We really struggle to pick the fruit so we decided to prune them. The pear trees especially were very tall. This is the time of the year to prune these types of tree, when they are dormant before they bud. We did the first apple tree opening up the centre of the tree and reducing the height a much as we could. The second apple tree we just reduced the height. We want to see if it makes any difference to fruit production. The pear trees were reduced in height and the branches pruned in line with the height. Now we have to wait and see what crops we get.
 
The apple tree where the height only was reduced


The pear tree.

I have been canning more tomatoes this week and baking a lot as the range has been lit early everyday. I have made a lemon cake with cream cheese lemon frosting for a friends birthday meal we had here Tuesday. It was a lovely afternoon spent laughing and eating. I had left over bananas going brown (we hate brown bananas) and so a banana cake was baked to use them up. I have also made lots of bread too this week.


Another experiment I have on the go at the minute is a sour dough starter. I have made it from scratch and it is almost ready to use. I have never made sour dough bread but I thought I would give it a go. It is amazing to think this living starter has been made from just water and flour! I feed it twice a day and you can watch it grow in the jar. It is quite amazing.

 

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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27th November 2019

noviembre 27, 2019
Almost a month since my last post. Time just seems to pass us by in the blink of an eye. So much emotional stuff has been happening here that I don't know whether we are on our heads or elbows! Oh my goodness where to start.

Almost a month ago my daughter in law passed away after a brave fight with ovarian cancer that spread. She left behind my son Luke and my grandson. Obviously as a mother first instinct was to go to them but my son wanted to come here for a few days, to try to take their mi...
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30th October 2019

octubre 28, 2019
Since the clocks went back it seems like it is dark so early here. It is about 6.30 pm now for lock up and the nights are getting chilly. We have had the fire on in the front room every night. We have had some lovely weather during the day though. Sunny and warm, great working weather.

On the agenda this week has been laying new floors in the bedrooms. Originally we thought laying laminate down would be a good idea, but with all the water problems that we have had, what with windows that don't...
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23rd October 2019

octubre 23, 2019
The mornings here are now really chilly. It is not getting light until 7.45am if the sky is clear. If not it can be more like 8am before  it is light. 

 Last Thursday Kev went away to the U.K. to spend time with his mum. I have been here with my mum.  She has been very unsettled since her trip away with my brother. She keeps asking when she is going home and keeps getting her clothes out of the wardrobe and drawers and putting them on the bed. I have found this hard this week. Having no one he...
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About us...


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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