in March we pruned our first Olive tree, which we have called Penny's
Olive tree. Since then we have pruned about forty other, but still
have around 860 to go. As you can see from the centre picture above,
there is a fair bit of work required to get the basic pruning done.
best bit about the pruning is being able to get up close to the
trees and seeing each tree's individual pattern of bark, whorls
I was clearing out the last stub wall in the back of the Mill, I
realised there was a hole forming in the floor. After clearing the
debris a bit, I was able to crawl down and found two 3 metre square
chambers which were connected to the aqueduct at the back and at
the front were linked to a long curving tunnel which led to the
Barranc. This was were all the water poured through to drive the
millstones. We still haven't worked out how the millwheel mechanism
worked or exactly where they were located., so a bit of research
will be needed in the New Year.
have also nearly completed the ramp which will give us access from
what will be the many road entrace to the Mill and the barn and
parking area. Another couple of tons of soil and rocks and it will
be ready to take the builders lorries when they come to build the
hard work. But the environment is nice. The building has a lovely
central courtyard surrounded by the classrooms and computer rooms.
The cloisters have benches where the students can catch up on their
revision before class starts.