This is the proposed new cotton patch.
Steve has marked it out, borrowed a rotavator and was poised to begin, when...
One rather large boulder emerged. He started digging down thinking it could possibly be released and levered out but alas no, it, like an iceberg, is mostly below the surface. The solution is to plant around it. This makes using the rotavator a bit tricky. But we are careful and we only rotavate once, ever. Well that's not strictly true. I am not a fan of the rotavator and after the initial breaking up of the soil I prefer to use a spade for subsequent years. Steve likes his gadgets and would happily rotavate any chance he gets. We don't fall out about it.
We are used to rocks here. They are part of the reason why we fell in love with the place in the first instance. They make wonderful natural looking walls and add architectural interest to the flow of the landscape.
Meanwhile the weather has been very cold. A biting wind has made blue skies and bright sunshiny days most unpleasant. But spring has definitely begun here. This was taken on a walk back from the village just yesterday.
I always preferred autumn when I lived in the UK but the spring flowers here have made me a huge fan of this time of year. It starts with one colour dominating then as spring progresses other colours and varieties come to the fore.
In other news the children from the primary school came to visit the art exhibition and learn about how wool is turned into yarn. They were so open to the whole thing and really enjoyed seeing the exhibits, looking and seeing in a way the adults don't.
Later the teacher posted some photos of our morning and a parent commented that it was nice to see the 'traditions and trades of yore'. Well, blimey if I didn't feel like a relic before I certainly do now. I had not quite realised how irrelevant the spinning and knitting seems to be these days. When I asked the children if their mothers knitted no one put their hand up, so I asked if their grandmothers knitted and about half said yes, but only one child said she had an article of clothing made by hand.
I guess I am a bit of a curiosity after all. It would appear that while knitting and crochet is on the rise among young people in the UK and USA it hasn't quite filtered through to Spain. Unless they are keeping these old fashioned skills well hidden, a bit like the rock in my cotton patch!