Pinch and a punch on the first of the month and no returns. Pino the donkey wasn’t impressed!
I thought ‘hermmm’ his first language is German so I said ein pinchen und de punchen on zee vursten off zee munchen und nein returnens…
He tried to bite me!
I’m certainly not trying it in castillano let alone Catalan he has a strong kick. No animals were harmed in the making of these first three paragraphs!
One of the pot bellied pigs gave birth to twins on the 7th January, a very black female and a pink and grey male. They took a while to start growing but they seem to have caught up and today they are out playing with their bigger cousins.
And then on 27th another of the potbellied sows had 6 piglets. No idea of their sexes but I have three black and three grey and pink. (That sounds like a woman describing the type of car she would like……
The 8 piglets are all cuddling up together and the two mums appear to be feeding all of them. At feeding times the mums come out one at a time, so there is always one of them to look the babies. Amazing animals. I was feeding the big daddy biscuits and he is so gentle, tusks an all!
Ssshh. The others are still asleep
Still no sign of any kids from the goats, I think they might not have fancied Salvador’s billy goat 😦 they are just getting fat making out they are pregnant and need extra food.
Ducks have settled in well with all the other animals, but the drake has decided that I am his worst enemy and he wants to kill me! Much hissing and weird behaviour…… I try to ignore him but it’s becoming more difficult as he pecks my legs and is now trying to peck my eyes out. Dream on baby, you are a duck with clipped wings and I’m 6ft 4 and I like eating duck!
Don’t you look at me like that!
I have spent a lot of time this month working on the farm getting ready for next years veg crops etc. I managed to source some mangel wurzel seeds which are sown already. These are to feed the pigs and goats. They are supposed to grow up to 15 kilos each and are a very nutritious feed for animals.
Also I have been collecting fallen oranges and clementines from friends farms as the pigs adore them. Thanks Natalie and Graham . One of the piglets stuffed it’s snout into a clementine, ate all the inside and then got the skin stuck on its nose.
What a load of noise, squealing and squeaking it ran about crashing into walls, ducks, goats and other pigs with me trying to catch it.
It fell off in the end and the piglet simply went and ate another clementine.
Dry January didn’t start until the 7th of the month as I had to get the three kings out of the way first (well that’s my excuse) and it sort of finished on the eighth ….. One day at a time lol
Pruning the trees is taking a lot of time as I only want to prune one or two per day, because the goats eat all the prunings and it’s better if they are fresh, well that’s my excuse for not working too hard.
We have had some gorgeous weather, but it is all due to change for February. I’ve had a couple of shirt off days and my face after working picking carobs for two days in strong sunshine and a gentle breeze, turned a lovely shade of lobster.
Sunburned in January ??
Going to have a trip to England later this month as my pickup truck has to be sold. It’s a shame because it’s great to drive and so useful for getting alfalfa and straw for the animals. I was going to put it on Spanish plates, but they changed the law here and as it’s classed as a commercial vehicle, it has to be left hand drive.
Driving to the uk each year costs around £800 return and that’s too much. So I’m going to sell it in the uk and buy a car with a tow bar that’s already on Spanish number plates. That way there is no import duty and I can mot(itv) it here. Also the road tax is half of uk tax.
The other day I ate one of my two clementines on my own trees. It was FANTASTIC and I’m not biased in the least. Saving the other one until it’s a bit bigger. 🙂
I seem to have gained a white cat?
It is outside my front door every morning and I think it’s living underneath my old caravan that I use as a shed. I’m not feeding it as I want it to keep the rodent population down.
I was given 14 grapefruits the other day. Managed to give half of them away as I don’t eat them. Although I tried one and it was very sweet, so I juiced it along with 4 others and it seems extremely nice with a shot or six of vodka.
Talking of vodka, I have found a way of extracting rosemary oil from the flowers of the wild rosemary which is growing all over the place here, it involves steeping it in vodka. Must look into making my own still 🙂
So my next batch of olive oil soap is going to smell like roasting lamb 🙂
Did I mention that I’m producing my own homemade olive oil soap???
Samples for everyone I see in February.
My first batch was scented with coconut, I’m not sure whether to wash with it or eat it!
The wild flowers are everywhere at the moment and the scents are tremendous as I walk about the farm. Very heady.
Yesterday I went up to the highest part of my farm to see if the wild asparagus had started coming through yet. I do grow cultivated white asparagus, but that isn’t due for about two months yet. While I was up there I thought let’s cut back some of the undergrowth to give everything else a chance. Now most of the ground up there is a marbly type rock with deep fissures in it, so what tends to flourish is rosemary and wild sage, along with gorse. As I cut it back getting ripped to pieces by the gorse, I discovered three olive trees that I never knew I had, and they are all producing big olives. So now it’s all clean under them, the suckers are removed (goats are eating those) and next year I shall be able to harvest the olives from them. It all adds up.
I wish the animals liked rosemary as I have so much of it growing wild that it would feed them for half the year.
My two old hens living in with all the animals are back to providing me with two eggs every morning. To think that I was considering coq au vin!! Their eggs are soooooo much tastier than shop bought eggs and of course no nasties in their food…
The almond trees are in full bloom now so I must put the electric fence around them to stop the donkeys eating them as the leaves start to come through. They have managed to kill 4 trees by over grazing them. Almond leaves must be exceptionally tasty.
I’ve managed to cut about half of next years firewood and with what should be left of this years, means that whatever I cut from now on will be for the winter after next. Two years of drying means it burns slower and hotter and also doesn’t soot up the chimney, so therefore I shall use less.
Yesterday it reached 23c in the shade with no wind for most of the day. The forecast said 13. Miguel Pescado (Michael Fish) you are useless.
I put two extra solar panels on the balcony last month and I haven’t had to run the big generator to top up the batteries since. Happy days :). I do use the genny when I use the washing machine, especially on the hot white wash, but that’s only every other week. So with the extra freezer and the fridge freezer, security cameras wifi and lights, I think I may have hit a good balance. I would still like extra batteries, but they are very expensive so all in good time. And I suppose if I have more batteries then I will need more panels and I will use more electricity. Catch 22??? X
I bought myself a porron, which is a glass drinking flask for wine without it touching your lips. That way it can be hygenically shared. As if I’d share it! I have started buying wine in litre boxes, the wine is an excellent table wine for €0.79 per litre. The trouble was that because it’s in a box I have no idea how much I have drunk. Now I pour half the box into the porron then when that’s gone, that’s it. I have mastered the art of pulling the flask out to arms length without spilling a drop.
Does wine stains come out of white shirts? Or better still is tie dyeing coming back into fashion?
Looks very majestic , but needs pruning very hard. It’s about 40 feet tall, should be about 15
Almonds in full bloom