Work on the finca has slowed up considerably. For the past three weeks I have been teaching at our English language school since the main teacher left at very short notice. It is certainly less work physically but more of a challenge mentally. The problem being that youngsters, for the most part, are at the school at the behest of their parents. They don´t really want to be there. If only we could go back to the good old days of boxing their ears, giving them a good thwack on the backside with a ruler, or as my old French master used to do, pull your hair until your eyes were streaming. Hey, we are a private school, maybe we could......
One idea I had was to start a pumpkin plantation. The idea being that when the kids are choosing their pumpkin for Halloween they will see the Christmas trees at the same time and they may be encouraged to choose and reserve one ready for Christrmas. I am a bit doubtful about growing pumpkins here as they require a lot of water and not too much wind. However, nothing ventured nothing gained.
Yes, there it is on the left. That little green thing. All the others died, I think from over watering! More are in the greenhouse soon to be ready for the great outdoors.
The grass growing in and around the finca is wonderfully adapted to spreading its seeds by their tiny hooks which catch onto the fur of any passing animal. Including me.
I did manage to finish building a pergola on the south facing wall of the car port. It is a nice place to sit and relax but it can be too hot when the sun is out. Better to have an arbour of Bougainvillea for shade. Cutting the ogee ends of the rafters took some time, but it looks nice.
Here is Wendy giving it the final test and seal of approval.
Flies can be a bit of a menace here, for which reason we need not only fly screens on the windows but also a fly curtain for the patio door. The local prices seemed exorbitant so we ordered one online and carried it back from the UK in a suitcase. It only weighed 22kg! We then discovered that it is self assembly and that many man hours were required to thread all the pieces together. Anyway, we are nearly there as you can see.
I have found time to plant out the last lot of young pine trees. So we now have around 320 planted out which, at retail, would be worth about €18,000. There are another 200 or so to be planted out between now and when we go away for the summer at the end of June. No pressure!