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Posted by Robin Fuller on November 26, 2018 at 11:40 AM Comments comments (0)

What a year it has been !  My knee rapidly worsened and left me waiting for a call from the hospital to go in for replacement knee surgery.   I could only move short distances with the aid of my walking stick so very little has gone on in the way of seed sowing, veg garden, tree planting etc.  Robin became the grocery shopper !  Eventually I was admitted to hospital on October 8th and out again after 4 days with my new knee in situ !  It was also  busy visitor wise with all of Robin's 3 children visiting us at various times over the year. The garden has certainly suffered as we've been unable to keep up with planting, weeding, tidying and pruning etc.  However, now my knee is on the mend, I have started the great tidy up !  The year has been VERY dry with no rain falling on us since around February or March. Surprisingly, we've had irrigation water every month despite thinking we'd have none.  The rain eventually came in November and was most welcome although if you lived along the coast you didn't feel the same way as Los Alcazares and many other towns suffered serious flooding yet again.  Here, all the water ended up in the garden and was greatfully received by everything. Within a week or two the Aloes started sending up their flower stems and, of course, the weeds have grown everywhere almost overnight it seemed !  Robin has had a good year seedwise and has thousands of seedlings to keep him busy transplanting for the next 6 months ! We've gone a bit mad on Ceropegias this year and they seem to like us and grow really well. Robin is still waiting to go into hospital for his surgery so we're not out of the woods yet re hospital time.  We've  already started collecting seed from various sources ready to start sowing in 3 months time ........can't wait !!!


Posted by Robin Fuller on January 8, 2018 at 7:35 AM Comments comments (3)

Winter has been confusing this year with quite high temperatures in late December.  Now, into the second week of January, it has cooled down again in our area of Murcia with 7 being the temp. first thing in the morning, rising to 15 at midday. Further north in Spain there is a lot of ice and snow.......better here!

        The main talking point of course is the ongoing drought.  It is all over Spain not just in Murcia and unless there is some serious, prolonged rainfall the agricultural side of things will be in serious trouble.  There is some doubt as to whether the canal that supplies the area (and us) with irrigation water, will actually have any water in it this year. We've had no water for a few months now and have luckily managed to buy several fills for our irrigation pool from our neighbouring farmer friend as he had a lot of fallow land all summer.  This generosity will now come to an end I think !!

        The other worry is the bacterium that is devastating olive and almond trees as well as many other species and for which there is no cure, as yet.