This month we have mainly been tidying up the finca in preparation
for next year's spring pruning. We have pruned another dozen previously
unworked trees which are on a accessible terrace just above the
barranc. This gives us around 850 trees under cultivation now, and
it's given me very bad tennis elbow.
rest of the work has been clearing out thickets of brambles and
other nasty weeds and bushes that take root in the drystone walls
separating the terraces. We can't risk burning them in situ due
to the amount of other groundcover we have, so it has been hack
and slash with mattocks, saws and a brush-cutter. Then a lot of
the cutting and pruning has meant my log piles are getting a bit
out of hand.
House in the finca
House likes to check out what we are doing in the finca. He
is very helpful and picks up all the sticks that are lying around
while looking extremely photogenic. The last shot is him above one
of the village ponds on a windy day.
Well, they like to have different weather here. Today's surprise
was a really good rainbow over the village while the nearest rainclouds
were miles away.
a foal. Horse veal.
Our local Carrefour is promoting a range of milk fed foal meat.
There are various cuts available as well as burgers and sausages.
These handy leaflets promote it benefits.
the locals seem to think it's good stuff, nice and tender because
it is killed while it's young. I'll have to give it a go at our
We don't usually get good sunsets as the mountains block out the
light before the sun gets low enough to get under the clouds. This
evening was an exception. The last two are other
days, and other sunrises.
Well trying to at least. This is an early effort and judging by
it, I need to practise my technique a bit more. The squash was given
to us by Victor, our friend Sari's father. It weighed in at 11.5
KG, was about a metre long and was very tasty. We gave half to our
friends David & Carol.