The other side of life: Pleasances and unpleasaunces or what the blogger doesn’t tell!

I have just had a welcome break from both the pleasant and less pleasant side of staying on our finca Navasola. It is not all sitting back in the sunshine and looking at the butterflies! I was struck by the writer and blogger at the greenwriting room Hilary on the idea of ‘pleasaunces and unpleasaunces ‘ in our gardens and perhaps in our blogs. There was also a challenge by another blogger to write about the ‘stuff’ we don’t always wish to mention.

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So sitting out in the sun in July and August is not one of my priorities. Avoiding it is! At temperatures over 30 and the need to water regularly the glorious sunshine loses some of its glory. But not all. The mornings and the evenings into late nights are wonderful.There is also the reminder to get the wood pile sorted and get more wood in. From November we will need a fire until April. The Sierra Aracena climate varies but we are high up above sea level.

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I have not blogged much about the building work. Perhaps I try and avoid the fact that we have spent almost 3 years with the house being a building site. The end is in sight but also seems far off. There are also some chores or maintenance work. If getting on the roof and hosing down the dusty solar panels seems like a chore. And there is a lot of house painting, inner and outer to do. But the wasps have set up their homes too.

I am trying to create some garden areas, vegetable and flowers but the conditions sometimes thwart me. It can be too hot and too cold and rain a lot for weeks and then not rain at all for months. My triangle outside the house is the living space between the building materials still needed.

Butterfly on marigold
Butterfly on marigold

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I always wish to go and visit family in the UK so keeping animals seems impossible at present. I was happy to have my friend’s dog, the lovely Lotti for a week. That was my dog retreat week. I was on my own with a tibetan terrier for company, and some spiders, our giant moths and one night a gigantic cricket. Lots of walks and at least a dog to talk to. But I will need to keep the burrs and seeds at bay if I am to have a dog. I remember from when my golden retriever came on holiday with us here some years back. Burrs galore and constantly having to check paws and get rid of such a variety of ways of distributing seeds. The lovely Daucus Carota or wild carrot might need to be kept in check. A fellow blogger warned me of these being near the washing. Or a dog! They will stick onto almost anything. Splendid in a photograph though.

Seed pod of Daucus Carota, wild carrot
Seed pod of Daucus Carota, wild carrot

 

Daucus carota= wild carrot thrives in July and August
Daucus carota= wild carrot thrives in July and August

And then we’ve had another holiday. It really has been a break from the heat and the ‘pressures’ of work. Time to reflect in a very beautiful spot. We had decided to revisit the Azores as it was so rainy and cloudy in January. This time to another island; Horta on Faial. More on that later.

Oh No! Back to Work! What work when its a labour of love?
Oh No! Back to Work! What work when its a labour of love?

It’s now back to work time. Finish off more on the building and DIY, hide away some of those unpleasaunces. Another growing season to get ready and more revising and editing of the novel.

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26 thoughts on “The other side of life: Pleasances and unpleasaunces or what the blogger doesn’t tell!”

    1. Spain is a large country but think there are still many problems. The State of Nature Report for the UK sounds bad. Pity the government doesn’t seem as concerned about the ranking as they have been with education rankings!

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    1. The break was very good. Such an interesting collection of islands. Will do some posts soon. Yes, Lotti is quite a character and I love to look after her but she is now back with Ruth. Your pics I have had a glimpse of and look so tropical!

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  1. Yes indeed – the things we tell and the things we don’t! If we talk about the problems it ends up sounding so miserable but if we avoid mentioning them people believe we live a charmed life!
    I do see a female Gatekeeper in your excellent gallery of photos. The Bee-eaters are wonderful!

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  2. I understand not have animals when you want to travel. I miss my dogs (both living a long good life). When they passed, I decided not to get another dog because I travel so much. Also you are so busy building, it is hard to have more to take care of and attend to. We have had almost no rain the entire summer, and with travel, some of my plants look rather ravaged, so I can also post images I usually would not. I was thinking of reducing the garden size too.

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    1. Yes, I’ve returned again and my friend has kept the garden alive but I think it is not easy. Am looking into an interesting watering system for pots. Miss my cat and love having a dog around but as you say building work and animal doesn’t go. I look forward to hearing more of your visit.

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  3. You are getting there . . . . and when you do you’ll look at all you have achieved and feel wonderful 🙂
    Totally understand about the pets . . we have two cats and the longer stays away are ever getting more complicated. Have a cunning plan for the next winter escape, but do need a long term solution. I like the idea of ‘pet sharing’!

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  4. Sorry it has taken me so long to see this wonderful post. I love the look of all your works, and remember well the heat, challenges and beauties of Spain. I lived in Gibraltar as a small child and later we spent our childhood summers camping all over Spain, later still my parents-in-law lived in Spain. If you are working on a house from 1640 the challenges must be immense.

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    1. Thanks for your inspiration on the post! Interesting to hear about your time in Gibralter and camping. We used to camp around the UK and Ireland when I was a child. Perhaps why I’m here to avoid the rain! But we are in a quite rainy spot but the sun shines brighter too.

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  5. How wonderful to be building a house in Andalucia. Such a beautiful part of the world but oh so hot in summer. I enjoyed your rambling blog post and photos about a way of life so different from my own.

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  6. We also have a second place and no one tells you about the fact that you spend most of the time at each place doing those household things. Vacation…uh, I don’t think so. The joy has to be found in whatever it is you are doing. Living in the moment with gratitude.

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