22nd September 2016

septiembre 22, 2016
Today's blog post is not such a happy one. Our beloved friend and protector passed away early Saturday morning. I am talking about our 11 year old German shepherd, George. The house feels empty without him and Stanley is feeling it too. We are conscious that we need another big dog around the place and as a companion for Stanley but we just cannot bring ourselves to look for one. I guess when the time is right for us we will start looking. 

George doing what he loved, lazing around in the sunshine!

Since our last post we have been busy with the almond harvest. We have picked and husked about 100kg so far and this is from about 20 trees. We still have another 80 to go! Kev is going picking in the morning for 2 or 3 hours. We have so much other stuff to do that this is all the time we can spare daily, plus the almonds take up so much room it is easier to do 100kg and then take them to be sold. This is today's job to run the almonds into the nearby village and see what price we get for them.


The dehydrator has been working overtime this year. It definitely was a good buy for us. We have been drying plums, tomatoes, grapes and various herbs to store. I can see that it will be used well into October as the harvest of wild fruits has only just begun. We feel very content as we see our stores build up, all the hard work paying off at last.

These are grapes drying to be stored

On Monday we had another pig delivered for us to process. We started to do this about 5 years ago. Kev learnt butchery skills when he left school and so he can easily cut the animal up for us to store. We have done various joints, chops, sausage, burgers and tried to use the pigs head meat too. We found a recipe that boned out the head, stuffed it with sausage meat, rolled it, cooked it and then pressed it. So we gave it a go. It needs more herbs and salt but we will definitely be doing this again.
Not bad for a first attempt!

We have also found traditional recipes for faggots, meat balls for my friends over the water, and haggis too. We will be giving these a go in the very near future.

As well as all of this I have been jarring/canning fruit. Nectarines, plums and quinces. I had a go at doing some grapes too. If they keep OK then next year we will do more. From some of the plums I have made a Christmas chutney using cinnamon and cloves. If it is OK when we test it, I will post the recipe in the cooking section.

Monday morning we got up to no water! This is always on of those tut and eye roll moments in life, when you want to fill the kettle for a cuppa and no water! We got it working again and it stayed on until about 9pm. Tuesday morning we called out a friend who came to have a look but he couldn't get it going either. So to the repair shop it had to go. This meant buckets of water needed, from the water store, carried into the house for washing up. No showers, no washing machine! You so easily forget how easy life becomes with running water to the house! We are hoping to have it fixed today but this is Spain and nothing is rushed (this is what we love about this country until your water pump dies!) So fingers crossed we will have water back to the house by the end of the day.
 

11th September 2016

septiembre 11, 2016
We are now well on they way to autumn but our weather is still so hot. Last week we saw winds from the sahara blowing up through Spain. This wind increased our temperatures from mid 30s to 40+. It was uncomfortably hot day and night but thank goodness this week is cooler, a mere 35 during the day falling to a comfortable 20 something at night. We still have to follow the summer ritual of windows open at night and closed during the day with curtains shut to keep out the heat. This keeps the ho...
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28thJuly 2016

julio 28, 2016
Oh my how time seems to fly past. It has been months since my last post mainly due to family problems. I have been away in England for 8 weeks as my father was taken poorly. He didn't get over the illness and passed away on the 29th May. I stayed with my mum to try to help her adjust to life on her own. This means that there is a large period of time where not much has got done here. Having said that I am so glad to be back to my life and being busy. I will try to bring you up to speed with e...
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2nd April 2016

abril 2, 2016
Got up this morning very early, before the cockerels even, to ensure I could find the time to write a post. February was my last post, which seems ages ago and if you remember we had put eggs into the incubator. Originally there were 20 egg, 2 were not viable. Out of the possible 18 we hatched 12, 2 others died during the hatching process. They are healthy, happy chicks that eat all day and are growing fast. They put on 350g in 4 weeks. We have another week of them inside at night and then th...
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16th February 2016

febrero 16, 2016
Another month gone, time flies by. Over a month since my promise of more posts! I was supposed to be going to England for a week to be with my parents but my mother was so stressed (she had a new boiler fitted and it all went terribly wrong!) that I decided to stay another week. Then my flight was cancelled and I had to rebook so in total I was away almost 3 weeks. I really miss this place, the open spaces and the work too.

On my return we had had notification from the well people that they wo...
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3rd January 2016

enero 3, 2016
Hopefully this first blog post of 2016 will be followed by many as we seem to be getting our enthusiasm back. We have had a restful Christmas, time to recharge the batteries so to speak. We had days with friends popping round, good food and good company have done us the power of good. We are definitely much more positive about the coming year now.
The weather here is changing. It is very windy and cold. The fires are being lit earlier as we have been sitting inside in the warm.
This weekend has...
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30th December 2015

diciembre 30, 2015
Another year almost over and it has been months since I have written anything. This year has been such an emotional roller coaster for all of us here and we have really struggled to keep everything going. 
This year, beginning of January we had our first animal attack that burst the bubble of our dream. Ducks, chickens and one female turkey were killed. Bodies every where.  Beginning of February my father was diagnosed with dementia. My parents live in England and so it was decided that I woul...
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14th September 2015

septiembre 14, 2015
This past week the weather has been very unpredictable. It has rained, been cloudy and cool a lot of the time but then in the afternoons has been around 30ºC some days...but saying this the cooler mornings mean we have been able to get on with some well needed work around the place.
The garden is just completely over grown. Some of the weeds are looking like trees! Again on the plus side this means that there is a lot of extra food for the rabbits to munch on. I have been pulling weeds every ...
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3rd September 2015

septiembre 3, 2015
Oh my goodness, feels like forever since I have had the time to sit down and write again. It is exactly 3 months to the day since my last post. I went to England for a couple of weeks, to sort out care help for my mum who is caring for my dad. That couple of weeks turned into nine weeks and since being home 3 weeks we have had back to back visitors. To say I am tired is an understatement! Today is my day alone... guest left this morning and Kev is out... it suddenly dawned on me how much I ha...
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3rd June 2015

junio 3, 2015
Oh my goodness, how time flies. Another month gone and only one post. Things tend to clam down around here this time of year (as it gets too hot to do outdoor work) so hopefully I will find the time to update some pages and post some new recipes...I did say hopefully.
Since my last post the turkey hens started to lay eggs again. Sage and Onion, as they are now known, are happily sitting on 12 eggs each. We candled Sage´s today and none were fertile. We have taken the eggs away hoping that she...
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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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