We recently had a workaway volunteer and so a lot of progress has been made in the last few weeks.
Here is Ethan helping with the initial clearance of a pathway through our forested area. Ben the volunteer completed the job; we now have a marked pathway through the forest to an attractive oak glade on the edge of our land. A lovely place to sit and contemplate nature.
Here's Ben, proud of his work constructing a roof for the woodshed. On the right, starting to fill it.
A carpenter friend built and installed a very handsome new front door; now we'll not get so cold in the winter! The old door was the original, 40 year old one that had long since warped out of shape.
New gates for the goat and dog enclosures.
So far this season we've been able to harvest:
cherries, broad beans, peas, strawberries and potatoes.
We've still got more potatoes to come.
As far as perennial planting we have cherry trees, several strawberry plants, a couple of asparagus plants and a variety of perennial aromatics.
The grey water planter is maturing nicely.
We had a lovely day yesterday in Miravet at the cherry festival.
Who knew there are so many different varieties of cherries!
The start of a massive paella, which we didn't get to taste unfortunately as tickets needed to be bought in advance. Nevertheless, we had taken a picnic and we found a lovely spot under a tree by the river to eat and relax.
After lunch, and wandering around the stalls, we decided to walk up through the village to the castle on top of the hill. It was very hot and we kept stopping under trees for shade and rest!
But the views from the castle were worth the effort.
Frances and Barry Copping bought Xalet Pigall in 2015. They are working towards resilience and self-sufficiency.