Category Archives: Growing

CBBH Photo Challenge – Repetition

I appear to have been challenged by my friend Julie Dawn Fox in Portugal (an excellent expat travel writer), to join the CBBH Photo Challenge. September’s theme is (and very nearly ‘was’) REPETITION. From an utter inability to think of … Continue reading

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Thumbs Up

The morning after the big forest fire here last week I phoned up a neighbouring expat in a hamlet over the other side of the valley, who had been on the receiving end of the northern extent of the fire.  … Continue reading

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Now THAT’S a Potato Harvest!

MORNING SESSION: Antonio & Ermelinda’s Field (yield: 36 sacks of potatoes each weighing 30-40 kilos); Breakfast; Our field (yield: 18 sacks); two trips on top of trailor full of potatoes to unload as respective houses; eat, drink & be merry … Continue reading

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And You Are From?

This spring has seen frosts, flooding, scorching sun and drought over just an eight-week period. The unfortunate ‘early crop’ potato plants have been frozen, rotted, burnt and suffocated all in their short little lives. I look forward with trepidation to … Continue reading

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All The World’s A Stage

It’s baling day.  It’s hot.  It’s after lunch on a Saturday. I notice this year times have already changed and the familiar rumble-chumble of the old wooden baling contraption that’s normally hired in by the village has been superceded by … Continue reading

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The Table of Hope

   As THE TABLE OF HOPE bears the first glimpses of unfurling life  its sweet gestating whispers promise fruits from THE BASKET OF JOY And all that remains now is nature’s WHEEL OF FORTUNE And not only our own hard work … Continue reading

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My First Gate

Building My First Gate I carried all the materials and tools down there and built the gate in situ.  It was to protect a small piece of highly prized wet land from the wild boar. It was the final part … Continue reading

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Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus

Turnips however, although traditionally from Mother Earth (far right), can now, it seems, be from somewhere else entirely

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