Wednesday, 23 June 2021

We Are Back (not with a bang, but with a whimper).

 We got back here eventually, hopefully for a long time but with cancer you never know. I had more chemo and a big operation on my lungs (thank you Royal Brompton Hospital) and now I am officially no active disease so we begin the 'wait and see' phase. The land is green and thriving, so many birds everywhere but we can't access it due to the impenetrable jungle of brambles and nettles. Our mighty cat is still here, a bit thinner and older but he kept the mouse hordes mostly at bay and the fabulous Amanda fed and watered him in our absence. Leaving him was far from ideal but our temporary accommodation was not suitable for him and we believe he was happier in his home. The alternative was putting him down before we left and we believe we made the right call this time. 

The house still has no functioning water, the roof has leaked in several places, mice are everywhere, they ate their way into our emergency food stash but it is SO GOOD to be here. No pics this time, I haven't found my camera yet, still unpacking to do but my soul is singing in response to Petas. this is where we belong, we have been through tough times but we got here eventually. Battered but not broken, I am pretty disabled, can't walk far, short of breath on the slightest exertion but we have the summer ahead of us.

San Juan celebrations tonight, the price of sardines has rocketed and I can't jump the fire but I haven't had the energy to sin much anyway. Perhaps next year I shall be more in need of cleansing fire.

Best wishes to you all, Nicky and Tim xxx

Thursday, 14 November 2019

Time Out

My cancer has come back, it has spread to my lungs and we are devastated. More tests and treatment beckons so I am going to take a break and concentrate on getting through this for myself and for my family. Sometimes in life shit happens and we shall deal with this as best we can.

Friday, 27 September 2019

Autumn Harvest

Yesterday was a beautiful day and we sat in the sun and processed the dried pea and sugar-snap peas from their haulms ready for planting next year. The whole family are here for a week helping me to harvest our home produced food mountain. We have our biggest ever pumpkin carried by my daughter Cat.
A huge tub of butternut squashes adds to the mountain.
The dried bean vines have been set out to dry both for beans to plant next year and dry beans for over winter stews. The turkeys are growing well and are starting to get their wattles. We seem to have three boys and a girl again. They are keeping the grass down in the orchard rather beautifully.
I am still very busy processing the fruit and veggies for the freezer. The sauerkraut has done well so far and stewed fruit is the order of the day for breakfast every morning. The weather is mixed but the rain is very welcome. The brush-cutter is back out and we are fighting to reclaim some of the forest garden from the brambles whilst still making time for trips out to see the beauty that is Galicia. As usual my medical tests are inconclusive and I now have to wait for a month for the biopsy results to come back. I seem to spend a lot of time waiting for medical results but I am not complaining. It really does beat the alternative.