Pan de Trigo

Trip Start Oct 07, 2009
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Trip End May 25, 2010


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Becky and Martins

Flag of Spain  , Estremadura,
Wednesday, October 28, 2009

I´ve settled into a nice routine here with Becky and Martin. When I arrived the first order of business was a tour of the place I´ll be calling home for the next two weeks.

I´m always excited to see the kitchen, as I think it can really say a lot about a person. My first exciting discover lay in the bookshelf: cookbooks, cool cookbooks, cookbooks I want to own. Jars of preserves are tucked away into corners, and stacked in the cupboards. The place is overflowing with homemade preserves: jams, chutneys and homemade ketchup. The fridge is filled with a nice variety of cheese and a healthy store of beer.
The kitchen is unfortunately small, but workable, the cupboards are loaded with the staple, oils and vinegars, lots of spices, some honey that a friend gave them, and homemade blackberry vinegar. This place obviously sees some good use.

The land is 4 hectares in total (correct me if I´m wrong Martin), with over 200 olive trees, lots of fig, citrus, quince, and a lone pomegranate tree that produces the sweetest pomegranates in Spain. There´s a nice little vineyard, that likely keeps them self sufficient when it comes to wine consumption. It is basically the end of the gardening season here, but cabbages and greens are still being planted. Cape Gooseberries grow like a weed here, its amusing, considering they cost an arm and a leg for a small carton back home.
 
The entrance to the house is guarded by 3 cats that pass their days waiting for a bit of food to go unattended that they can nip. . Tripee, the three legged cat, hobbles around the house. She looks like a cat version of the Trailer Park Boys character "Bubbles". Two dogs, Po and Wolfie, keep the place secure, while barking at everything and nothing; not the brightest dogs in the world, but they´re cute and quirky.

Our first couple days have been spent clearing land, and weeding. As Martin likes to say ¨weeding is the backbone of organic gardening¨, its true, when you sign up to volunteer on an organic farm you better expect to spend some time weeding. The work day is never too long, and we generally work alongside Martin or Becky, our efforts are always appreciated, and we´re fed well. I spend my spare time studying Arabic, in anticipation of my upcoming stint in Egypt and Sudan. Not the easiest language in the world, but what else are you going to do? I have no shortage of spare time.
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