Move completed!

The move is all done! It was a close run thing: I am back to work on Monday for two weeks of summer school, so I have a rest day tomorrow to recover from the move. It has been an amazing effort and I am so fortunate to have the support of friends who share the vision of the space I am creating for the donkeys: particularly Carl who has put more muscle power into the work than I could. (Every muscle aches now: I literally cannot any longer raise my arm above horizontal holding a power drill.)

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Rubí was the first to visit level 2. It will not be opened to the donks until all the safety bars and fencing are put in place in August. I will give them each a preview (safely on lead-rope)  so they can see what is down there and try out the slopes between levels.

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Matilde, Morris and Aitana were going crazy watching Rubí on level 2.  Enough work for now! It has been more tgan a month since the heavy work began: building on one site; demolishing on the other. The Elca Seriu field is now cleared of every shred of evidence that donkeys ever lived there: the fencing, the posts, the concrete and timber have all gone. The field has been returned to the landlord.

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And on Monday I go back to work…  For a rest.


13 thoughts on “Move completed!

    1. The soil is really rich. In the future I will be trying to restore the grape vines. The place is called “El Parral” (The Vineyard) but the grape vines all died years ago when it was abandoned. Another long-term project.

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      1. Does this mean the name may stay afterall?…The idea of the Lord’s vineyard is a lovely thought. It’s possible that the name may go back further than the existing house.

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  1. When I first moved in, I thought the name should be changed because there is only one vine still left, and that’s down in the valley; so it didn’t seem appropriate. But then it gradually seemed like a good idea to stay with the name. As Alys suggests, the name may pre-date the house (which was built in the 1980s) and the previous casita on that site may have been there simply as a working dwelling for tending the vineyard, with the main house being down in the village in Orxeta a couple of kilometres away. “El Parral” it is, and I would like to explore the possibility of restoring vines to the place eventually. Maybe after advice I could start by taking cuttings from the only one left, down in the valley. Also the biblical reference has grown on me now, after Annie’s prompt regarding the symbolism! I must look at the Gospel of St John again: the vine and the branches.

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    1. It would be interesting to find out more about the history of the place. It’s a wonderful idea to restore the vines from the last existing one. A future cheers to that plan!

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      1. The last existing vine that I know of, which is down in the valley, was looking in a very sorry state when I first saw the property. I scooped out the earth around the vine stock and flooded the roots regularly. It is now looking quite healthy. I must put up a photograph soon. There may be other ‘lost’ vines somewhere: I still haven’t explored the valley fully, as I have been too busy with the donkey terraces.

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