Monthly Archives: October 2010

Once more unto the breach

If you read Rabit de Florette my earlier blogue-post account of the search for water, and the precarious trip up the ravine walking on a narrow concrete aqueduct, you may enjoy this follow up.  The water dried up again and … Continue reading

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We didn’t expect the Spanish Armada…

There is a wonderful scene in the 2007 film Elizabeth I: The Golden Age where she rallies the troops at Tilbury.  Kate Blanchett doing Kenneth Branagh, doing Larry Olivier, doing Shakespeare’s version of the Plantagenet Henry V, doing the French … Continue reading

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Gathering the evidence

After a day in school and the usual mixed round of experiences – enjoyable moments of life-giving exchanges with lovely kids who are a pleasure to teach, and the inevitable pain of disciplining those who need to be coaxed into … Continue reading

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Rabit de Florette

Agriculture is totally dependent on a good water supply.  You cannot do very much growing without supplementing the rainfall, particularly in a climate like this with 360 days of sunshine.  The fields around my farmhouse ‘Elca Seriu’ have not been … Continue reading

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Saints for my field

I keep looking at my field. Before I go to work, it is just getting light and I have one last glance at the field before I start the walk through the old farmlands and the ravine to Finestrat, to … Continue reading

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CRB pays for donkey

Just after midnight £500 came into my bank account from the Criminal Records Bureau in England. Finally after all these months, I have accepted their measly £500 because the National Union of Teachers couldn’t be arsed to fight the case properly, plus … Continue reading

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Piligriminage to the Donkey sanctuary

At last, I have found time to pay my first visit to the donkey sanctuary at Xalo.  It was a very hard climb up into the Sierra de Bernia mountains, but the spectacular views and the sight of so many … Continue reading

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