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Month: June 2013

The house

The house

The finca came with three buildings.  The main house is in ruins, with only half the walls and roof still standing.  We had originally thought that it might be better to knock it all down and start again, but the paperwork and permissions fot that are complicated and much more expensive.  So we’ve decided to go for restoration, at least in name.  We’ll be keeping part of the old house as storage/cellar and adding a new wing which will be…

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Hugelkultur

Hugelkultur

The cabin field, next to the main house field, is an old vineyard and clay -really deep clay.  It’s a quagmire when it rains and concrete in the sun.  It would take a lot of work to make beds and that’s not what we want.  So we’ve gone for hugelkultur.  This way we get to use the rotten wood from the house that we’ve half-demolished, the cardboard and all the packing from the cabin and it will also be our compost…

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