There are so many things to write about and catch up on that I am sure I won't remember them all, but here we go..
Our cat population increased to 11 in total. Adolf, if you remember him from previous posts, has managed to see-off Samuel Sprat, which I am very sad about, Samuel was a very loving pusscat and he'll be missed around here, especially in the vegetable plot where he took up refuge, but perhaps he'll come back one day and challenge the moustache off Adolf. Our lovely old Abuela (grandmother) cat has also been seen-off by the same culprit. Again, another one that will be missed. Where she has gone, I have no idea, there is no sign of her. The two tiny kittens that never seemed to grow stayed very tiny and never really flourished. They were constantly skinny and bony and even though they ate and drank without any problem it seems there was an underlying fault in their biology. The little brown and white one passed away the other day and the black and white is wrapped in a blanket in the kitchen as we speak, I don't think he'll make the night. All really sad, but you kind of get used to living with the ferals' and dealing with life and death as it gets thrown at you.
This week, we had two new additions to the cat clan, both kittens, probably about 5-6 months old, they were bothering a local farmer, so we bought them home. However, they seemed quite happy for a few days and even fitted in well with the rest of the cat clan, but suddenly they disappeared yesterday. They may return, unless they belong to someone nearby.
We managed to get two more hens to keep our solo one company. They are all doing well and laying abundantly. Don't ask me their names as I can never remember, something like Bertha, Dorothy and Gloria - who knows. But they are happy and enjoy corn and mixed greens as treats.
The vegetable plot is now ready for rotovating, once done I will lay a layer of compost or dung over the top and leave it to settle for about 15 days, then it will get churned in and then I can begin planting again.
The weather has definitely changed. We now awake feeling cold, time to get the duvets and heated blankets out of hiding.
The dogs are both great, the pool is now covered, the trees have produced an abundance of figs/pears and oranges this year, amazing. Next fruits are the olives, which are already growing. I also need to prune back the vines and the various overgrown fruit trees, but that will wait till its a little colder.
So just to say that we managed to grow tomatoes, aubergines, corn, chillies and other peppers and swiss chard. All did fairly well considering I didn't water them all as much as I should have! I know for next time.
|Pebre Bord - Tap de corti peppers. These, when they turn red, are picked and hung in the sun to dry, when dried they are ground into a paprika powder and used in the making of sobresada sausage.|
|The two new girls.|
|Protected grapes. The birds didn't get them this year.|
|Resting wherever they like! (Mittens)|
|Some harvest, including a 5 litre bottle of great olive oil from a local farmer.|