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 morning she was convinced it was real, I just played along, because in her world it is real. I made a big fuss about how she managed to find her way back here and that we would look after her and nothing like that would scare her again. 
Then Saturday she was on about going home all day. She started the moment she got up. I tried to stay out of the way but she kept cornering me. We went from "I want to go home" to "Kev is lying to me about going home" to "you told me I am going to die". Now this came out at 4pm and I got cross. I shouted at her and walked away. Instantly I got carers guilt as in... its the illness and I need to be more patient...but logically 6 hours of constant picking is enough to send anyone over the edge. 
That evening was very sad. She said "can I ask you a question...Me being here every weekend is it annoying? you can tell me if it is..."
My reply was "Mum you live here. (waiting for the explosion)
It never came. She asked what was wrong with her...for that 20 minutes I had my mum back. We had an honest conversation about her living here and us looking after her. She said she knew there was something wrong with her but not what was wrong. Then after 20 minutes she was gone again.

The weather here this week has been just amazing. It has been cold and frosty most mornings but the sun has warmed the temperature up by about 11am. It has been lovely weather for working outside. Which is just as well because the weeds are taking over again. I have spent a couple of hours most days digging the land garden over and adding organic matter. Finally it is complete. It will be planted up end of February as the frosts disappear.

Kev has started the rendering of the house. It is going to be a long slow job as it is only getting a few hours a day spent on it. There are always other things that need doing first, but it has been started and it will get finished some time this year.

The solar oven has been used a lot this week. It is great to be able to cook a meal or bread with the heat of the sun. I have made all our bread this week in it. 

Kev went down to Casinos, our nearest village on Friday and saw tomatoes cheap. In total we have bought 25kg of these tomatoes. I have made tomato sauce, about 25 jars, baked beans 11 jars and whole tomatoes 10 jars. Also I am drying the skins for tomato powder. 

Also this week the yogurt maker has been used. I love homemade yogurt with fruit . We picked our last bunch of grapes that we wrapped in paper. This has stopped them from going bad on the vine. I also stored fruit in the freezer too this year, so grapes, black berries and raspberries for breakfast, with the yogurt.

Also this week, the chainsaw has been out again. We have chopped, sorted and stacked the wood ready for use. We use different wood depending on our needs. On the range if we want to cook, we use pine as this burns fast and produces lots of heat to get the temperature of the oven up. Then to keep it there we use almond or olive. On the bedroom fire we get it going with a bit of pine and then use bigger logs of almond or olive to keep it going. This fire only uses about 2 big logs a night. Each will burn for up to 3 hours.

This is the pine woodstore

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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16th October 2019

octubre 18, 2019
Two weeks has flown by since my last post. My leg has healed and I am back to full strength this week. I am so grateful as I hate sitting around doing nothing. Mind you I have got to study more Spanish and read a few books too.
We have had a few days alone this last week. My brother and his wife came and took Mum to Calpe for a few days. We had 2 days of the same questions running up to it, What day are they coming? Where am I going? But it all went off without a hitch. I asked my brother to b...
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2nd October 2019

octubre 2, 2019
Another month passes us by in a flash, or that is how it feels. After all the rain a few weeks ago the weeds are taking over again. It doesn't help that last week while out walking I got a calf injury so am having to rest it as much as possible. It is covered with a support bandage and I sit with it up as much as I can stand. Gardening has been off of the agenda but it is really starting to frustrate me. 

We have had a bit of a week with Mum. She keeps saying she wants to go home but it seems ...
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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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