the floors are finished and the builders are getting ready to put
the walls up. Being able to climb up to the bedroom level and see
the views is quite inspiring. Neither of us can wait to get the
house finished so we can move in. Unfortunately, this still looks
to be a good eight months away.
day we left Mas for Xmas in the UK, the builders started putting
the first bricks in the walls. I'm sure that is a significant phrase.
Rain in Spain
Didn't fall on Mas de Barberans this year. Looking at the records
of rainfall from the rain gauge at our finca, we had five months
with no rain at all. In fact just two months
gave us over half our rainfall.
Feb - None
March - 225mm
April - 121mm
May - 47mm
June - 16mm
July - 24mm
Aug - None
Sept - None
Oct - 38mm
Nov - 470mm
Dec - None
The biggest downpour was on on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th November
when we had 214mm & 74mm respectively. This was at peak olive
picking time and turned a bad year (due to the summer drought) into
a disaster, as the poor quality olives were knocked off the trees
and rotted on the ground before it was dry enough to collect them.
the Bilbo ferry (sic)
Just before Xmas, we drove over to Bilbao to get the ferry to Portsmouth
and spend a very hectic Christmas with our families. On the ferry
we saw the early morning dolphins come racing in to play in the
ferries wake after their night's snooze. Both journeys were calm
and at this time of year it is a very cost effective trip.
was great fun and we enjoyed the time we got with both of our families,
but it was soon over and we got our things together, made a quick
shopping trip to Waitrose for Porridge Oats, English Mustard and
lots of Mango Chutney. Then Alex and a friend joined us for the
trip back to spend the New Year in Mas.
The weather when we got back was cool and very windy, so the views
from the village we good and the newly flooded rice fields in the
Ebro Delta sparkled in the morning sun.
a couple of days looking round the local sights, New Year (Cap Any)
was upon us and we all trooped up to the village hall to join in
the celebrations with everyone. It was obvious that the recession
was hitting Mas. Fewer people we there and the music was from a
duo, rather than the full 7 person band. Still, it was a great night
and we all enjoyed ourselves.
next day it was 2012, the year when we will finally have a proper
house to live in. We retired to Bar Mario for PG's Birthday lunch,
which involved us supplying them with a vegetarian curry for Alex
& Ilishio while we tucked into steaks.