The medical profession jumped into gear very quickly here and C has now completed the first chemo cycle! extremely nasty stuff. Second round - 9th of January - HAPPY NEW YEAR! We are fighting it and hope to bash the hell out of it, we are raising funds to keep us going day to day and medically - isn't life bizarre!
So, to the finca. Finally the cold has come and the trees have lost their leaves, some of the vines and fig trees (and I dare say other plants) began growing new bright green leaves as November was particularly warm! Snow covered the peak of Puig Major (the tallest mountain in Mallorca, standing at 1,445m in the Serra de Tramuntana mountain range) for the last couple of days but Sa Pobla hasn't had any so far. It isn't usual for us to get any, we lie in the Pla (plains) which are flat and the damp often hangs upon us like a soggy blanket in the winter! it's heaven when the sun comes out, like today - bright, sunny and cold, but crisp not damp.
|Sunrise over the fields|
The hens are doing great. We now have 7 whizzing about the coop with a young cockerel who is enormous already. His wing feathers sick out at angles! I need to check them and make sure they aren't deformed! He has only one long tail feather, I am hoping he will grow more. So far, he is a lot more tame than our last one!! Long may that last. Eggs are plentiful, even in the colder weather which is wonderful.
The dogs are great, Rex is getting much older and seems rather like an old bloke, but then suddenly bursts into a run across the yard barking warnings to the cats to get out of the way of the car. Ruffa (our boxer) always looks to Rex for guidance and often doesn't bark until he sees one of us or Rex says it's ok to do so.
We still have no veggies in the vegetable plot. It is more than ready to receive but unfortunately there is no time for the moment. I would love some broccoli/carrots etc etc in there. We will just have to wait.
All the cats that live outside seem to be fairing well. Several of them have had colds, but have got over them quite quickly. Puss (who lives indoors - much to the horror of C) also now has a cold, but he is snuggled up near the fire at the moment, so he'll probably recover quite quickly. We have had to put him back on kitten food as his stomach is so sensitive, adult cat food seems to upset him horribly!! No details required!
Well, as soon as I have any recent pictures to post I will put them up.
A HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU ALL. FELIZ AÑO NUEVO