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Dec 11, 2017 - Jonny and the futbol

After the farm, we headed back to Malaga for a couple of days where we went to see Malaga FC get knocked out from the Copa del Rey against Numancia (a team from a lower division). We initially struggled to find our seats despite a steward pointing us in their direction and a very friendly helpful middle aged Spanish man offering his help. It turned out after a while the helpful Spanish man was sat in our seats and was doing anything to not move. He suggested as a cup game it wouldn't be busy so take any seats so we sat in the seats...

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Dec 10, 2017 - Oil be the end of the cortijo

Spain may generally close down on Sundays but during fruit harvests the mills and markets run throughout the night. So on a Sunday morning we rose at 6.45am and after a coffee and porridge headed to the mill at 8am. At the mill there were a few older gents standing round and a tired/stoned looking guy who was the mill operative. Jake went off to speak to the mill man and gifted him a crate of beer and a bag of weed donated by a neighbour to ensure we went next in the queue. So by 9.30am we were unloading our olives into what looked like...

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Dec 8, 2017 - Wendy at Dos Vistas

Each week on the cortijo we were asked to work one day off the cortijo for Jake's cash in hand gardening business. We weren't really keen on this work - the first trip had involved washing garden rocks for a rich Londoner to make her garden look nice. One thing we had noticed from this was Jake drank a lot while we were working, sometimes quite secretively downing a can in the space of a minute and us just smelling alcohol on his breath when he reappeared. Laura and I realising this after our second day in the second week working off site,...

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Dec 2, 2017 - Working times - part 2

It's a lovely thing to climb high into the sturdy branches of an avocado tree and inch along a branch to pick avocados with darkening skins by a twist of the fruit. It's a lovely thing to feed the hens leftovers or weeds and watch them happily cluck, fuss and scratch over new food. Through this, I've learnt amongst hens there is actually a social pecking order. It's a lovely thing to wake up in the morning, have coffee on the patio and watch the sun rise over the sea and bask the mountains around you in a warm glow. It's a lovely thing to...

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Nov 24, 2017 - Dave's soiled pants: things that happen in the Campo...

...Don't stay in the Campo, they end up on our blog. A collection of thoughts and memories that I might forget. There are a lot of ants here. There are also a lot of other insects and bugs, many of which I suspect can bite or sting us. Yesterday we saw a giant preying mantis where we were working, it was near enough 6 inches long, and I feared for the nearby sparrows. Within about two days of working the land in shorts we both had a collection of insect bites which swell and itch and scar to varying degrees, and soon enough on my white...

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Nov 24, 2017 - Weekend in Almuñecar

After what seemed like a long working week we took a small day pack and walked down the dirt track to the the less dusty but very underused road and followed it before turning onto the Rio Seco. Almuñecar has two rivers, the Rio Seco (Dry River) and the Rio Verde (Green River), both rarely containing water and usually - as now - dry. We wandered along the Rio Seco for a km or two looking for the s-signs of snakes till we came out on the edge of the nearby resort town of Almuñecar. Almuñecar is a small farming and tourist town with a...

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Nov 21, 2017 - Working times - part 1

The first day of farmwork we met Jake at 9am down by the main house. Jake led us down to the terraces reeling off a multitude of jobs as we passed them: harvesting the almond trees, weeding the lychee trees, planting the spring onions, recutting the terrace footpaths, cutting back the lemongrass, taking down the boar fence, emptying the terraces of old plants, cutting the bunches of plantains down, collecting avocados, moving the log pile closer to the house, cleaning the hen shed... The list seemed to go on and on and then we were stood in...

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Nov 13, 2017 - Welcome to the Campo

Dave: Back in 2010 I got a year working visa for Canada and traveled round, occasionally stopping at places for paid employment, sometimes half day employment for food and accommodation in remote parts of Canada. A couple of these places -which can still be read about via a historic blog linked to this one - really stuck in my memory and on slow (or busy days) in the office I found myself using Google streetview to look at the vineyard or crofters where I worked to see how it had changed. It's fair to say, I enjoyed past intermittent...

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Apr 27, 2012 - Benalmadena to Marina del Este

We had a good sail up the coast and were about to anchor outside the Marina del Este when a customs boat came up to us and signalled that they wanted to board. They were very friendly but it took over an hour for them to fill in the various forms, check the fuel receipts, etc. In fact, we think that the one doing the work was a trainee and it was a training exercise! Finally managed to anchor in a quiet bay.

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