Those who’ve spoken to me recently will know how excited I’ve been! The cause of all my excitement comes courtesy of Mrs Pig who has become a proud new mummy pig with the arrival of four piglets. A small litter isn’t unusual for a first time mum, and she’s doing a grand job with […]
All say Awwwwwww!
The little chaps above belong to Schneckle, and we’re glad to see them safely arrive as it seemed to have been the longest pregnancy ever! The downside of keeping Mr Goat with the ladies is we don’t have a […]
Warmer weather means we’ve been able to do the first hive inspections of the new year. Sadly one colony hasn’t survived the winter, but the other is looking healthy.
It seems incredible that my last post was about the snow! Beautiful spring flowers have popped up virtually overnight.
Jonquils are a lovely part of the roadside scenery between Aradas and Unhais o Velho.
Crocus popping up through the luxuriant chickweed in the […]
I knew I should have taken the washing off the line!
We’re at around 800m so get snow perhaps once or twice a year. This fall got heavier in the evening, but just lasted 24 hours.
Who needs TV when nature offers so much to watch? These December sunsets all captured inside 20 minutes, looking towards Aradas and Unhais o Velho.
During our recent Permaculture Design Course, Jeroen took the participants through the theory and practice of RAM pumps. With a small stream at the bottom of our property, these are invaluable at Casalinho in lifting water to where we can use it.
Taking advantage of the RAM pump pool for a cool down.
This practical session followed on from the swale building exercise I published yesterday. A contoured raised bed has been created on the downside of the berm, with the swale itself becoming the path above. For the short term this new bed has been planted up with annual veg, but these will be replaced with […]
Learning to measure contours and build swales is a wonderfully interactive part of the PDC course. The swale being created here has wood in the berm to create a higher edge. The swale itself is a path, and we’ve built a raised bed on the downside. It’s been planted with annual veg in the […]