has been a busy month for us with lots going on and lots to do.
The weather has been much better than last April and we have been
able to get on with lots more work. After more than a year out here,
we had our first visit to meet some other English people for a barbeque
at their finca. It was a great afternoon and by the time we got
back the sun had set.
have been trying to find an Agricultural Engineer so he can write
a "justification" for the building of our barn. The Adjuntamente
accept that we can build a barn, but they want the "justification"
in case anyone asks why it was built. He ho. Anyway we have managed
to find an Agricultural Engineer who will do the justification,
so hopefully that will be all we need.
barn itself is being built very quickly by a team of local builders.
In one week at the end of the month, they have poured the footing
and the base and have built the walls up to above lintel height
and capped them with a concrete beam for strength. At this rate
it should be finished in another couple of weeks.
We have managed to prune a lot more trees and get most of the
cuttings burnt before the grasses dried out too much. Now we will
not be able to have any more fires due to the risk. A couple of
weeks ago we bought a tiny one-handed chainsaw, which has made pruning
the trees much easier and also makes cutting up the branches for
firewood a doddle.
wild flowers are at their best right now. There are huge patches
of blue, yellow, or pink flowers in different areas of the olive
groves. I'll be taking more pictures of them over this weekend.
village festes kicked off on St. Georges day with stalls selling
the traditional single rose for the women and book stalls for the
women to buy a book for their men. I got given a book of tomatoe
recipes. Yum. Alex
and Sara came out for the first few days of the village festes and
they enjoyed the good weather, playing with Dylan and meeting the
last few nights we have been to barbeques in the garage below our
flat and then at about 2am go on to the dances they hold in the
town hall. This Saturday (3rd May) the dance will go on all night
as it is the final event of the festes.