Archive for March, 2010

Blossom time

Friday, March 26th, 2010

Spring has sprung.

Plum blossom

Plum blossom

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Hydropower

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

Work has begun on renewable energy power generation at the quinta!

Having seen local engineer Wayne Sutton’s water-wheel installation on his own property, it was immediately obvious to me that this was exactly what we needed for the hydro component of our planned renewable energy generation system.

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Land

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Ok, so yes, it took me about a year to realize it but this place is eventually starting to feel like home. Looking over our land a few weeks ago when driving on our track I realized that this place isn’t just any old place but is OUR place.. (well mums place.. but I still live on it ). I’m staring to grow fond of it here and I was even working today *dramatic intake of breath* stripping bark off a tree. Can’t wait to get electricity though.. It will be even more homely.. :-) x

Oonagh de-barking pine tree

Thumb’s up

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

As friends on Facebook have already found out, I managed to mistake my left thumb for a piece of pine while chopping firewood a couple of weeks ago. Quite a silly mistake really (and not one I should have made after about 20 years of wood-chopping experience) but these things happen when the brain is idling out of gear. Still don’t know yet how I managed to do it, but somehow I managed to split it longitudinally in two. Right through the nail, the bone, and out the other side.

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Quinta wildlife #7

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

Discovered by Helen while digging up the middle terrace to prepare vegetable beds for planting. A Marbled Newt (Triturus marmoratus). These mainly terrestrial members of the Salamander family apparently navigate by the stars to find their way back to their breeding pools. Here it must be right at the southernmost extent of its range.

Marbled Newt (Triturus marmoratus)