Showing posts from August, 2015

All Work and No Play

...makes for a very dull summer indeed.  And since this year is a bit of a personal milestone for us (being our 30th wedding anniversary) we decided to buy ourselves a treat. ta da! Just a hop skip and a jump from the house  We also finished penning up the chickens which means that I can now concentrate on beautifying the garden area without having everything I plant dug up again, or eaten. I have in mind some more Oleander and some more citrus trees and perhaps some almonds too since the blossom in spring is just wonderful to see and to smell.  It's also that time of year again - the figs have mostly all dried and dropped from the trees and already we have seen bags of figs being delivered to the cooperative. We have gathered most of ours up but we still have to sort them and bag them and then we wait for the phone call (its done in alphabetical order) to tell us when to take them down.  The car is weighed with the bags in and then offloaded and weighed

Algodon - Our first Organic Cotton Harvest

Algodon is Spanish for Cotton. My six cotton plants have been producing bolls ready for picking every couple of days.  And I was very surprised at how these sparse little plants just keep on flowering, with the promise of more cotton bolls to come. I am fast becoming a fan of cotton when it comes to spinning.  Firstly, the preparation of the bolls, although almost as labour intensive as wool, is not as dirty.  I do have to watch carefully though to pick at just the right time.  At first the boll is quite tightly packed and barely open, it is possible to squeeze out the cotton at this stage but it feels damp and is a hard little wad of 'cotton wool' that needs to dry a bit before teasing out.  It is better to wait until it bursts open more fully and then the cotton drys itself out... however if you leave it too long the wind starts to blow it away and you have lost your crop! The cotton bolls need to be gently pulled apart until you find each individual seed with its

Patience is a Virtue!

It has been nearly two years since we had the builders here and we had quite forgotten how stressful having any building work done can be and so invited them back to do a little work.  We need a retaining garden wall built.  We did at first think to do it ourselves but we realised that actually it is a lot of work and it is very hot and we should just bite the bullet and get the experts in. Why is the act of building so destructive?  I mean everything gets turned upside down and until the work is completed it looks like a battlefield.    I hate seeing my finca in such a mess. Part of the finca has become a moonscape where the builders lorry and the digger (Oh lord the digger!!!) has passed. There is debris everywhere.  I know that it is essential materials for the construction.  It isn't restful to the eyes.  It looks so out of place here... it makes me feel like things are unfinished, which of course they are, but this isn't a pleasant feeling for me.  Patience