We took the opportunity of the holiday in Madrid last week to run up to the ruin. While we were there we met with our Architect, double checked some measurements and went to see one of his other projects in Palas de Rei.
We were last up there during Easter so the weeds were considerably taller, and V was anxious to try out a weed strimmer he´d gotten for the occasion. While he was strimming, I took measurements and snapped pics of the immediate environs.
I believe these are walnuts to go along with the apples and figs.
Dog Rose in the hedges.
I think this is elderberry. Thank goodness, I was afraid it had gotten ripped out last fall - very bad luck!
Anyone know what this is? Ordinary hedge bramble? There´s lots.
It´s been dry this spring and the creek is down to a trickle. On Sunday it got up to 35 C in Galicia - a record for June - whew!
As a faithful reader of the Matron, I took some time to check out the pasture south of the barn and some of the vegetation on offer for future critters. Gene Lodgsen and Bill Salatin are both advocates of ¨grass¨ farming, so I was interested in what we have to start off with.
I think any herbivore would be happy with it. Lots of tall grass - no idea what they are.
Some very pretty flowers too. These are sort of orchid-y.
And lots of white clover, some red and these yellow flowers I don´t know.
And something which looks like a plantain of some kind?
Lots to think about for the future. I´m concerned with the heavy machinery which is likely to be running around the place during renovations compacting the ground. The huge ruts left from the clearing that was done last winter have hardened into concrete. I hope we can keep the damage limited to the area between the house and the barn. We´ll need to decide where to place the kitchen garden, small orchard, and how to keep the rest in bounds. After two days of weed whacking, we mostly cleared the house and wood oven, but left the rest to it´s own devices.
More to come on the house and Melide.