Kenton and I moved to Spain with a rough idea of being semi-retired. We didn’t want to stop working, mind, we just wanted to change the type of work we did. Now, we were not so naive that we thought farming in Spain would be easy! Which is a Good Thing, as it is definitely not!
Summer is usually our slow time. The olives are just…well, growing olives. Chestnuts and walnuts doing their thang, too – no interference needed on our part.
So the biggest chores are usually gardening and preserving. But this year we really expanded our garden, and somehow it increased our work load by more than we expected! Not to mention the fact that we are improving the internals of the house, e.g. building wardrobes, painting, and so on.
And by end of summer we also need to make Lujos products, launch the website (to great fanfare, of course!), replace some guttering, treat the outside corner of the house, preserve all our tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and squash, spray the olives. And replace the battery pack for our energy system.
And then there’s today. I left Kenton painting the lounge, while I went into town to go to the dentist and take care of some chores. 3 hours later, I’m home (don’t even ask me about why it took so long in town!!) So then there’s a few things to do after I get home at 2pm:
- fix lunch
- can 2 jars of tomatoes (yesterday’s pickings)
- can 3 jars of cherry tomatoes with garlic and basil (ditto)
- wash the dishes
- help clean the lounge after Kenton’s painting
- water and feed the greenhouse and flowers
So now I’m knackered! Thank god dinner’s ready.