The middle of December saw us getting the stongest gales that we
have experienced since arriving in Mas. The gales lasted for three
days and peaked in some extremely damaging gusts. It was a scary
journey out from the village, as the car was being blown all over
the place as gusts up to 160kph hit it. In the village a 20ft. storage
container was blown across a road and demolished a wall. In the
fincas near ours, whole olive trees were torn out or snapped off
at the base. Luckily, due to our finca being in the elbow of the
barranc and lower than the others, we only suffer a few trees having
large branches getting broken. More firewood for the log pile.
Panda & Piglet are growing up and enjoying the finca life. They
run off to go rabbit hunting with their parents whenever they get
mum,Cleo, is much more friendly now and enjoys being stroked, something
she would not contemplate a couple of months ago. Cleo & Theo
have decided that living in the kennel by the barn is not so bad
after all now the weather has got a bit colder. They are often cuddled
up in there when we get down to the finca in the mornings.
Been through a couple of iterations of the design for our house
and now we think we are close to getting what we want.
house will be on three floors, with a garage in the lowest floor.
Above that will be the main floor which will be at road level and
will have the front door on it. It will have a large kitchen / dining
room and a large lounge. Both will have log burning stoves in them
which will provide the heat for the house. The metal flues will
run straight up through the ceilings into the bedrooms above, to
act as radiators for those rooms. PG will have a treatment room
on the lower floor and it will also have a large study / library.
We are required by law to put in solar water panels, so we want
to use them to supply under floor heating throughout the lower floor,
as well as providing hot water for washing etc.
to the garage will be along the top terrace and will leave room
for a couple of cars to be parked in front of it. A boon with the
cramped village streets. A ramp / steps will lead down to the garden
terrace infront of the house where we will have a number of fruit
trees, mandarines, lemons and pomegranets,as well as a vegetable
plot. The gaden terrace already has a large water storage building
which we will fill from our roof guttering.
in the Parador
As Pondson was coming out to visit us for Xmas, we decided to stay
in the Tortosa Parador for a couple of nights and enjoy a bit of
luxury. Our room was huge, about the same size as the whole of our
flat. It had lovely views over the pool to the hills beyond.
air was very clear due to the terrible storms we had in the run
up to Christmas, so I managed to get some clear pictures across
to the Els Ports mountains and Mas de Barberans.
saw the New Year in with a chance to get my kilt out and attend
the usual party up in the village hall.
we are looking forward to a good 2011.