Life in a foreign land involves myriad new experiences. Some of the most fun are often those involving food!
We just got back home from La Clotxa community event in our village. It is a commemoration of a local custom of smallholding in the area.
At the end of a hard day working the land, they would barbecue vegetables, fish and sausages, hollow out a big hunk of bread and fill it with food.
I can imagine that eating this after a heavy day of physical labour was very satisfying, but today I struggled to finish it, even though it was tasty.
This is one new cultural experience that Ethan didn't like.....ah well.
With the help of Marco, a local carpenter, we now have a new loo in our apartment.
It's a free-standing urine-separating composting toilet. At the moment it's situated facing the standard flushing toilet, but we plan to get that removed soon.
Using a compost toilet will save a significant amount of water, and we will compost our waste and have the liquid waste as a fertiliser for the garden.
We have been surprised how little it smells as we cover the waste with sawdust after each use. We've also put several sprigs of rosemary in the box. When it's moved to it's permanent location adjacent the outside wall, we will be installing a small solar powered fan to vent air outside.
Here's the version for visitors, beautiful I think you will agree:
Frances and Barry Copping bought Xalet Pigall in 2015. They are working towards resilience and self-sufficiency.