Posted on October 27, 2020 at 11:05 AM

I'm sure I've written some updates this year sometime, they all seems to have disappeared!  The year in a nutshell really is that in March we lost our lovely Doberman,Bruno to a massive heart attack.  He was only two.  Then later in the summer Robin had both cataracts treated successfully, this was followed by myself having surgery for a hip replacement in October which seems to have gone amazingly well and to continue the happy news, we now have a Doberman puppy to add to our workload !!              Robinhas started to pick the olives and already taken 364 kilos to be processed.  Last year he picked three and a half tons but this year I shall be surprised if he manages a ton.       It has been a very dry year, with no rainfall to speak of.  The gardens have been drifting into disrepair as I have been unable to walk properly or do any work at all round the place.  Gales in early summer blew down some dead trees so Robin and Ascensio got to work with the chain saw but then everything had to be left as no fires were allowed until mid October.  Now that I am mobile again and we can have garden fires, the great tidy up has begun!                                    The greenhouse plants don't care how little rain we've had as they are looked after anyway so have bloomed spectacularly all year virtually.  Now is Lithops flowering time.  I'm always amazed at the perfume that comes of those tiny yellow flowers.  Robin has toned down the growing somewhat as there have been no markets all summer due to the dreaded Covid.  It is, of course, impossible to cease sowing and growing when you are a cactophile/plantaholic ! 

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