Monthly Archives: October 2013

Mother Nature’s freebies

We use the water from our well, 150m down in the bowels of the earth for cooking and almost everything else, except drinking.  When first drilled, there was a fair amount of grey sediment – tiny stone particles from the … Continue reading

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Wind, rubbish and fires

The storm force 10 winds subsided at about four this morning and finally we were able to nod off.  Not that we were particularly nervous, but the racket made it impossible to have any semblance of a good sleep as … Continue reading

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Cabin rocks but doesn’t roll

Wow, what a change in the weather!  Although we’ve had 30 degree temperatures during the daytime, enough to have a blast of hot air as you step outside – a bit like the hairdryer downdraft effect when you cross the … Continue reading

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Ants in my pants

We’ve been leaving our grapes on the vine until we we’re ready to eat them.  By the amount of hornets who started appearing in the last few days, big mistake.  Obviously lured initially by the very ripe and alcohol-smelly prickly … Continue reading

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Right place at the right time

We were robbed by bogus policemen on the outskirts of Madrid a few years ago now and I so wished I’d had my camera with me then.  Nowadays I make a point of always having my trusty Panasonic with me … Continue reading

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Our four-legged friends

“A four legged friend, a four legged friend He’ll never let you down He’s honest and faithful right up to the end That wonderful one-two-three-four legged friend..” (sung by Roy Rogers in the 1950’s about his horse Trigger – anyone … Continue reading

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The citrus walk

While many plants are dying off, the really hardy cistus (rock rose) bushes are springing up all over the place.  Ever mindful of the fire risk, Joe has been out doing more strimming and brush cutting but it seems a … Continue reading

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Hung out to dry?

When I look back to a few grainy photos taken in June 2006, a month or so after we moved here, it was kind of shocking to see how much we had achieved.  The cabin sat rather forlornly like a brown … Continue reading

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Red sky in the morning

It was a particularly beautiful dawn at around 7.30 this morning.  Red sky in the morning, shepherds’ warning they say but this bullshit adage doesn’t mean much out here as it continues to be warm and a little overcast. Shepherds?  We … Continue reading

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Rocks and reconnaisance

Yesterday was a good day for both of us and, despite all that is going on around us at the moment that is out of our control, we seem to have imbued ourselves with a rather special brand of positivity … Continue reading

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