3rd February 2020

febrero 3, 2020
This week has seen the weather improve. We have had gloriously sunny days, about 20ºC, perfect outside working weather. Mum has even been sitting outside in the warm sunshine. We have had a week of it with Mum. The middle of last week was her 75th birthday. I made her a big chocolate cake that she loved. We had a really good day. Lots of people rang her and she was busy all day. The day after we paid for the break in routine, mum refused to take her pills. I have managed to get round this by putting the liquid in her jam on her toast, but the folic acid she should take I haven't got her to take yet. I have researched naturally occurring folic acid in foods and we are just making sure we are eating lots of them everyday.


Last weekend, our friend the shepherd brought us a whole sheep. Monday Kev spent chopping it up and preparing it for the freezer. There was lots of internal fat. We chop this up as it is natural suet fat. We freeze it and then use it in dumplings or suet puddings. It was a massive sheep and our freezers are now full again.


The bacon that I had been brining was also ready for slicing last week. It has all been sliced, bagged and is now also in the freezer. We try not to waste anything here and the left over brine can be used again, so we put the belly cut of the sheep in it. That will be ready in a few days and we eat it as a roast.


Work outside in the garden has continued. I am slowly working my way around all the trees and mulching them. I have managed to plant garlic and daffodils in most of the circles as I have gone along. Kev came home one day with 30 asparagus roots he had seen in the local tree shop (as we call it) These too will be planted on the edge of the circles. I got a delivery of seeds too this week. I now cannot wait to get planting.


I have pruned the grape vines for the first time ever. Out on my walks I have noticed the farmers have done theirs. I went to investigate how they prune and have tried the same on one of our vines. The cuttings that I have taken off I have prepared and planted hoping that we will get new plants this coming season. Together Kev and me pruned the bay tree and the pomegranate. We had lots of suckers around the bases so they have been cut off and the trees have been shaped for ease of picking. I now need to mulch them.

 

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 fina...
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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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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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