We have all been busy building a small shed to store the goat's straw.
We've also had to fence off along the edge of the drive as Rex is far to interested in people and cyclists going past on the road!
The boys demolished the small BBQ plinth next to the patio as it would not be legal to use it. The blocks were re-purposed for the base of the straw shed.
Ethan sowed broad beans and peas a few weeks ago and now we are able to plant them out.
We bought some blueberry and raspberry canes too.
There was a fiesta on Wednesday so we went on a lovely walk. Unfortunately it was hazy so the photos aren't great, but the temperatures were great for walking.
We cheated by driving a short distance from La Torre de Fontaubella towards Marça, then parked up and joined the path to Falset.
We walked up to the col de Eudalda, from where we could look down on Marça and Falset, and even see our house! We found a tiny 'refugi' with a nativity scene.
We then walked down towards Sant Geroni, but stopped short and followed a circular route back to the car.
A very pleasant three hour walk with gorgeous views.
Well, we finally made it! We recently completed one of the more challenging walks in our area: up La Mola, the peak that looks down upon us. It was mostly straightforward with a couple of more difficult stretches higher up.
But coming down was the most interesting.....
Sharing the rocky, steep path down with about 100 goats!
Here is Ethan planting seeds for peas and broad beans to overwinter.
Barry has been busy putting up fences and building gates to fence off two planting areas. It will make it far easier to protect our food planting from the animals.
We are very happy to be part of a local group of off-grid people in our region. Every month we get together on one of our plots to help with a specific task and then share a pot-luck lunch.
This month we went to Kev and Kim's near Miravet and helped with the clearance of several overgrown terraces:
There were over thirty of us by lunch time, including several workaway volunteers.
Here's Kim putting out everyone's lunch contributions.....there are always such yummy choices!
After a couple of hours of work in the sun, a cold one is welcome!
We enjoyed taking part in various activities as part of the festa major of the village. The foam party was one of the favourites.
The end of June brings with it the fiesta of San Joan which is characterised by bonfires and fireworks.
There is a comunal village bonfire and everyone brings their own fireworks. It's Ethan's third year now of experiencing this fiesta. The first time was only five days after our arrival in Catalonia and it was quite a shock!
The swimming pool opens too, and good news for us the village pool has been taken over by the town hall so we can use it for a reasonable price. As can visitors of course!
Frances and Barry Copping bought Xalet Pigall in 2015. They are working towards resilience and self-sufficiency.