In the last two weeks we were preoccupied with digging. Or rather, with watching digging.
We hired our old friend to do a few small jobs, but somehow he ended up staying for two weeks (on and off) and literally digging up massive rocks for drainage and sewerage pipes for two remaining unrenovated wings of Casas15.
In two weeks our digger man was here (apart from a few days off due to wine fiestas, one or two rainy days, and two or three days him going away to do some ‘urgent’ work for someone else), great work was done.
My vegetable garden had a treatment of tractor load of manure. Apart from manure (abono) costing a small fortune (who would have thought that cow shit is so expensive??), we are reasonably happy. Those vegetables better be good, they are priceless already!
Next to my vegetable garden, Steve created (I call it his ‘invention’) a water storage consisting of a very old oak barrel, connected to the pipes underground (newly put in too), leading from that trench, passing through our ‘lavender pond’ and bringing spring water all year round. Well, definitely in the winter anyway, when water just runs like mad from the mountains. It keeps house and garden dry, and fills up this wine barrel with water. It even has a tap and a connected hose-pipe for watering vegetables. What else can a girl wish for?
In the bottom garden we also had a pile of two-year old rubbish (brambles and chopped trees which refused to burn on many attempts) and a very peculiar ‘lake’. It was an eyesore. So we got rid of both, and now it looks reasonably flat. With some more work to do, it will be ready for grass seeding (forget about a swimming pool for now).
The other planned bit was also done – the ruin now looks quite safe. Steve will cement the top of the walls to prevent them from further decay and then rebuild in due time.
Massive trenches were dug out, two lots of pipes and insolation materials put in, then covered with gravel and soil, and now Casas 15 is fully drainage- and sewerage-ready, ripe for further renovation.
As soon as our friend left, on the very same day I was armoured with garden tools, and then it all started again – my new attempt on growing vegetables.
Vegetable garden – coming soon…