Water, Water, Water Everywhere

We get around 1 m of rainfall here every year. Unfortunately, it floods the fields then runs off to leave dust dry soil down to more than a meter in depth. So , in addition to capturing a potential 120 cubic meters of water off the roof, we have been putting in water catchment systems in the fields, resulting in two ponds which will enable me to have ducks!

The work done yesterday by diggerman Jose (or Raul or Miquel, whatever) consisted of moving an ENORMOUS amount of rock from the front field to the top of the orchard,
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where they will be handy when the builder does the main gates and mends the top wall, Then starting the pond:
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We broke off for a quick lunch (never quick in Spain) at the wonderful Torre Vilarino’. Outside the restaurant I noticed this
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and then noticed that the attached trailer had a very loud buzzing noise coming from it along with the odd stray bee. When we left, the van and trailer were gone, but unfortunately had left many escapees behind who were clearly not amused!
Back to the earthworks, diggerman made a series of interconnecting ditches around the field
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which I will fill with gravel. They will provide pathways as well as collecting water and leaking it out to the lower soil levels before finally draining into the pond. In theory. Hopefully.

Bit of a shock this morning when I staggered out of the ‘van and almost fell into the first ditch.

Summer’s End

A 'before Hils and Jim' wall
A ‘before Hils and Jim’ wall
After a long, hot, dry summer we are finally into autumn misty mornings and chilly nights. Lovely! Our wonderful volunteers left on Sunday for Sunny Catalunya and we wish them all the luck in the world – Hilary and James were with us for 3 weeks, clearing walls, rebuilding walls, pointing walls – in fact, working on walls.
An 'after Hils and Jim' wall
An ‘after Hils and Jim’ wall

The couryard waiting for its new wood oven in the corner
The couryard waiting for its new wood oven in the corner

Now, in true Spanish style, we are waiting for our wonderful builder, Gil, to come and repair the courtyard walls,
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and then it’s waiting for the permissions to get on and do the house itself.

Until that time I shall just potter about, finishing the swales and berms in the orchard field and wind up this year’s vegetable production ready for full on gardening next spring, whilst stealing cuttings from every plant I see as I go out and about.

The Orchard Field Before our workawayers, Hilary and Jim arrived
The Orchard Field Before our workawayers, Hilary and Jim arrived

orchard field now
orchard field

Happy Autumn everybody!