Busy gardening and writing here in my country abode of Posadas (Cordova) — part 2 with limited photos!

Hello again!

Yesterday I explained the slight hitch that I was experiencing with putting up photos and my lack of sufficient space in my WordPress blog ‘multimedia’. I accidentally deleted all the photos from my last six blogs. I will soon arrive at the solution for this because I do like to illustrate my blogs and I love to write. So for now, and after having ‘slept on it’, I have decided to continue — see Lisa Featherstone’s interesting and enlightening article Highlights and Reflections about stepping away from a problem for a while in order to find the solution and where you ‘allow your own subconscious to work things out’. Therefore, I am posting the article that I had prepared for yesterday even though the number of photos has been curtailed. So here goes:

I just wanted to say that my posts have been a little less regular these days. This is due to three reasons really:

Firstly, because the garden and surrounding land has needed quite a bit of attention i.e. lopping, pruning and spraying with copper sulphate (see the photos). I’ve also been busy clearing my vegetable patch — pulling out the old plants of aubergine, peppers and tomatoes. Now I’ve just got the weeding left (quite a massive project!) so that I can soon sow the broad beans and later the French beans (which will be around February). The Swiss chard and spinach are flourishing amongst the weeds though, and the miniature roses need to be potted too!

The nesper tree, pruned and sprayed with copper sulphate. Next to it is a bay tree and on the far left, a pear tree which I shall attack today before the rain arrives!
The first fragrant flowers of the nesper
The fig tree pruned
The lemon trees sprayed — they are growing next to the false pepper tree
The lemon tree in bud
The lower shoots on the olive trees need to be pruned soon
My vegetable patch needs some attention too!!!
My untiring helpers!
The miniature roses need transplanting as well…
The wood for the fireplace needs covering before the rain — and there is another of my little helpers too!

Secondly, I have also been busy trying to finish illustrating a book that I wrote earlier. It’s a fantasy/fiction aimed at kids, and I thought it would be more fun with pictures. Though I love drawing, I’m not doing the illustrations myself because that would probably take me a lifetime! Instead, I am using the free images provided by Canva. I hope to put the book up with Amazon (that is, if I can actually understand the instructions of how to convert a Word doc. into the file that they ask for… Computing technology is usually quite mind-boggling for me, but luckily I have a twenty-five-year-old son who regularly comes to my rescue!).

Below is a draft for the front and back covers, and for my next blog I was thinking of including the two-page introduction since I value any comments or suggestions that you might have… (Mind you, if I haven’t upgraded my WordPress plan by then, I won’t actually be able to include any photos…)

The proposed front and back covers of the book I am illustrating…

And last but not least, I also try and go for a weekly walk in our beautiful local hills of the Sierrezuela which, as you can see, are becoming cloaked in green (and already the wild asparagus is growing — see here for my recipe…)

Well, thank you for visiting and I hope to be back soon (with or without photos!)

Take care — and as usual, comments and questions are always welcome, I love to interact with you! xxx

8 comentarios sobre “Busy gardening and writing here in my country abode of Posadas (Cordova) — part 2 with limited photos!

  1. Well that was a surprise. Thank you for linking to Monday’s post. I hope you found it helpful. I have always tried to give a problem time before committing to any solution. Your garden looks fabulous and your miniature roses a delight. Are those flower buds on the lemon tree? I am sitting here with the lights on and the rain hammering on the window. I am sure the weather will improve at some point but it doesn’t help the feeling of incarceration. 😀

    Having just typed that we have just had a fox sitting in the garden next door. It trotted through ours on its way to find some shelter from the rain. Perhaps we’re not too badly off really?

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  2. Thank you for your encouragement and comments on my book — I’ll try and post the draft of the first couple of pages in my next blog.
    Yes, they certainly are flower buds on the lemon trees — and the orange trees in Posadas and Córdoba are also beginning to flower (way too early!). The flowers are called ‘azahara’ in Spanish and the word is Arabic in origin, harking back to the days of al-Andalus when the Syrians, followed by North African tribes invaded the Iberian Peninsula in the 9th century and occupied vast territories until 1492 (approx), when they were eventually ‘ushered out’ by the Christians conquerors during the reign of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabelle (who were the parents of Catherine of Aragon). Sorry to go on a bit, I got a little carried away!…
    Just as a consolation — it is also raining heavily here too! Have an enjoyable day…

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