Anyway, where to begin? I have no idea, so I will start with things that have happened and it will be in no particular order.
The Corsican (our cockerel) is no longer with us. It came to a point where I felt too scared to go into the coop, so a friend from Buger (next village along) helped me dispatch him. He was a beautiful fellow to look at (the cockerel, not my friend) but not nice and it meant J could not go into the coop to collect eggs etc.
|The Corsican and his two dames|
So, sadly we also a hen down. C found her dead in the corner of the coop one morning in June. I had found her struggling and lethargic on day and it turned out that she had a 'jelly egg' that was stuck in her bottom, so I had to remove it. I guess she became egg-bound and died from not being able to push the eggs out - quite a common thing in hens apparently. She was a good looking girl and one of the bravest hens, so I was sad about that.
We have had kittens galore! After Jess had her four, Pipla a pretty white puss-cat had her first babies. She only had two thankfully. All are thriving well and living outside again. They were living in a box in my room but I had terrible allergies so they had to go out.
Over the last couple of weeks, a local farmer we know came round to take a look at how our veggies were coming along. He threw his hands in the air and said something in Mallorquin, claiming, no wonder our plants were dying and not thriving, we were watering them completely wrongly!
He then whizzed off and came back with a special triangular tool (have no idea what they are called) and began digging trenches beside all the peppers, sweetcorn, tomatoes etc etc. He dug up all the cauliflowers and cabbages as they were no good. He said another couple of days and we would have lost the lot!
So now we are watering differently and the growth in just the last week and a bit is amazing. Now we know for next time!! Also irrigating the crops this way means you only need to water every two days (unless its really hot and dry).
|Irrigating tomatoes (the plants on the right have gone - they were no good)|
|Maize, it has grown at least another foot or more since last week! incredible plant|
|Irrigating the peppers, they are coming along better now, they were suffering a bit in this photo.|
|Samuel Sprat, the black cat, watching the water trickle away.|
So cat news..apart from kittens all over the place, Samuel Sprat (as seen in the photo above) is one of my favourite cats. He always wants lots of love and affection, cuddles and back strokes, a bit tricky when you are trying to garden and not tread on him under your feet! Anyway, he has been ousted from the back garden area. All the cats seem to be living in the back garden most of the time, Adolf has ousted Samuel but still seems to be ok with him being in the territory. So, Samuel is living in the vegetable plot, and sneaks round to get food and water when he can! Also, Old Abuela (grandma cat) is in hiding from Adolf. For some reason they don't get along and he keeps trying to get her to move on, although she did win a fight the other day. Perhaps its a cats way of moving rivals and oldies out of the pack to make way for the younger generations! Who knows, I'm not an expert, but the balance of power is ever changing.
Our pool is slowly up and running. It's almost ready. It had a leak and so we had to work out 'where?'. Once found our landlord came and patched it up. He has also fixed the filter, so I am hoping we will have a lovely pool to plunge into for the rest of this summer.
Much more to write about but that is it for today. Need to get on with errands.