Archive for October, 2010

Jammin’

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

It’s Aonghas‘s birthday today. He would have been 15. So in honour of that we got creative in the kitchen since cooking was one of his favourite pursuits. And we had to do something with all those chestnuts

Walnuts and sweet chestnuts harvested from the quinta

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Today’s progress

Saturday, October 23rd, 2010

As well as the log stores, the porch for the yurt has been slowly coming together between other jobs – like harvesting peppers (green bucket), giant squashes and pine cone firelighters (orange net bag) – and I’m quite a way further on with the construction since my last post about it.

Yurt porch with roof, floor and one side complete

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Lunch

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

One of the disadvantages of being busy with building at this time of year is that it doesn’t leave much time for fungus forays.

Parasol mushroom, Lepiota procera, growing on the quinta

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Log store floor

Friday, October 22nd, 2010

Yesterday the delivery of sand and cement we’d been waiting for arrived, so this morning we got started at 8:30am laying the lower slab for the log store.

While I fetched and carried buckets of water, Ema took charge of the cement mixer.

Ema mixing cement for the log store floor

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Log store progress

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

I was hoping to have shots of the progress on the second log shed that would show us much further on by now, but as usual we’re waiting on deliveries of more materials. Promised Monday and as of today (Wednesday), still not here. Sigh!

Retaining walls for the second level of the log store

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Going nuts!

Monday, October 18th, 2010

Walnuts and sweet chestnuts harvested from the quinta

With so many simultaneous building projects on the go, it’s been easy to overlook the harvesting on the quinta needing done. Thanks to daily reminders though from some of our Portuguese neighbours further along the track, we were in no danger of overlooking the chestnut harvest. Over the last 2 days I’ve collected some 20 kilos or more.

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Log store number 2

Wednesday, October 13th, 2010

Having put the finishing touches to log store number 1 yesterday, today we got started on another one!

With all our heating and cooking to be fueled by timber from our woods, one thing we can’t have enough of is space to store firewood and keep it well aired and dry, so part of the renovations to the two buildings on the quinta include provision for a decent amount of log storage adjacent to each.

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A roof!

Tuesday, October 12th, 2010

No. Not for the houses. STILL waiting on a delivery of more stone (over a month now) and the previous owner removing his stuff (over a year and a half now) before we can progress either of those …

The frustrations of waiting on a succession of Other People before I can get on with what I want to get on with were starting to get to me yesterday. Not only were there the ‘more schist’ and ‘less shit’ items above, I was also expecting a delivery from the local builders’ merchants, some parts of which were already a week overdue.

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Walnuts!

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

It’s amazing the difference a day makes …

Or, to be more accurate, a downpour and a bit of wind.

Walnuts from the quinta

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The trouble with voles …

Saturday, October 9th, 2010

… is that they seem inordinately fond of our root vegetables. These beetroots are the latest victims.

The trouble with voles is that they eat all your root vegetables

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