Showing posts from May, 2018

Mowing Time

It's time to mow the lawn. Actually it's well past time but if you tackle it too soon then it grows again very quickly and you have all that work to do again. The trick is to cut it just as the intense summer heat begins and then you can ignore it until after the autumn rains, last year the fall rain didn't come and we didn't have very much grass at all. This year we started the Big Mow and then it rained. The machine doesn't work with wet grass so it's been very much a stop and start affair. The rain is most welcome even if it's frustrating the Mower in the family. Our flowers are nearly gone, swamped by the advancing grasses. Although the grass has a beauty of it's own it invokes a certain anxiety connected with forest fires. The water meadow has sprouted a low growing convolvulus type flower which is really pretty. Some of our neighbours who invariably run a harrow through their Finca twice a year have been taken over

A Vicious Circle

Having established that I need money to launch my new project what happens? Tooth ache followed by a totally different tooth simply disintegrating leaving horrid jagged edges. Now my Sanitas health cover will pay for checkups and a yearly clean but on investigation the treatment I need is cheaper than the insurance excess charge so it's more prudent to simply pay for it... So initially a whopping 105 euros to rebuild the crumbled tooth - with the warning that it will be forever fragile and the only other option is to take it out. 😶 Antibiotics have sorted the toothache but root canal work is scheduled for June.. that's more money. This is the way it is. We feel like we are rich because we live in such a beautiful place and we have a lifestyle we want, mostly doing just whatever we want, but the reality is that we are on a fixed budget and over the past year or so we have slowly taken our eyes off the ball. So it's time to pull in the horns a bit. This s

An Official Venture

I have for some time been trying to get an Etsy shop off the ground. It has stalled several times because my product, the local wool, takes such a long time to prepare. For example, it's almost shearing time and I still have the bulk of last year's fleece to process. I have been guilty of seeing the end result without taking into account the obstacles right under my nose and hence things just havent got very far at all. Things moved on in one sense with the creation of a Facebook group called 'Hilanderos de España' - Spinners from Spain. So far, most of the members are Germans living in Spain, or Spanish breeders of rare sheep who are looking for a market for their wool. As far as I can see there is only one Spanish spinner. It's a start. And the requests started very quickly on the group for clean Spanish wool ready to spin. Cleaning the wool is the most time consuming bit and I haven't managed to save for the equipment that would speed the process