work preparing the site for our new house started at the beginning
of the month.
went up to the terrace and cut down a Medlar tree which was unfortunately
right in the corner where the house will eventually go. Then in
came the builders with a selection of diggers and tractors with
rock breakers and dug out everything for nearly two metres.
this they chalked out the outline for the foundations and then sent
the diggers back in to cut out the trenches for the footings. The
good news is that they have hit rock, so hopefully the front footings
will not have to go deeper than planned.
spring and summer has been very dry. The only torrential rain we
had was back in April, since then we had some light rain at the
beginning of June and July, then nothing. Unfortunately, this means
that our olives are suffering. At the moment everyone is praying
for rain, but there is none forecast until the beginning of October.
Chupones are the sprouting basal growth that you get on olive
trees. In our case, they are particularly bad because the finca
had been badly managed and the trees had gone wild.
we didn't get many chupones cut in August due to my back problems
and the heat, it was full steam ahead at the start of this month.
We need to get them all chopped out before the month ends, to give
me time to prepare the ground for collecting the olives.
I have been trying to improve my night time photography, so I was
quite pleased with this attempt, which has not been edited other
than the crop to make it (approx.) 1024x768.