Merry Christmas and After The Rain 3


Merry Christmas! I hope everybody has a lovely time and spend time with loved ones, get some time to rewind and relax.

We are celebrating at a very very low pace and it is becoming us well – Christmas eve we were just the 4 of us here, eating good food and opening a few presents, finishing the evening playing a board game with the kids. Christmas day we were with friends, celebrating an English christmas, crackers included.

This past year we have talked a lot about Christmas, because last year Marcus was stressed about all the things he “had” to do to make Christmas special for the kids – but by virtue of him being stressed it turned out less “hyggeligt” than he imagined, which was the opposite of what he wanted… So we talked about not doing anything this year, except presents, and going out on Christmas eve, and not making homemade cookies etc. etc. But we decided against it, because we actually love all those things – including the big Christmas dinner.

We didn’t really decide to cut anything, but to take it slow. We bought the Christmas tree the second week of December and decorated it the next day – it has been standing there in our living room all beautiful and spreading happiness all month – and will be there until January 7th. Cookies were still baked, but a little at a time, and Marcus decided that he was under no pressure to make any specific number, just to do what he felt like – the kids and he have had a lovely time baking together, and there has been no stress. The kids and I went to see the lights in Malaga with friends,  a lovely evening. We have had a traditional Danish Christmas lunch with friends – another lovely evening, and the same day we went to the Danish Christmas market in Fuengirola. So we have been celebrating a lot. But none of it has been stressful, and if any of us have been overwhelmed, we were ready to cancel. Actually we have had more activity out of the house this year than the past 3 years, and we have had more days of Christmas preperation and hygge at home than usual, but it hasn’t felt stressful at all – it is all about the mindset.

Yesterday we were supposed to go to a birthday party with friends in Antequerra, but Marcus and the kids had a cold, and I was coming down from a cold… so we decided to stay home and relax. Miriam and I have been lying in bed watching girly movies, Marcus has spent some time drawing with Lucas (he got an electronic pen from my mother for Christmas), and the rest of the day he was watching some history lectures on YouTube.

Today I have spent most of the day outside – finishing the swale on our terrace where the water is now flowing from the river. The water has slowed down enough for it to sit on the terrace and filter in which gave me a great opportunity to dig the swale while I could see what my efforts meant for the water flow. I’ve included a small video of what I have done here – it is very raw and unedited, but if I am going to make any videos that is how it needs to be!

In the coming year I want to post a lot more on here, including videos – and I want to spend a lot more time in the garden. I would love if we could become almost self-sufficient with meat in 2017. I want to figure out a way to manage my Facebook time! I don’t want to leave Facebook entirely – since I have met so many wonderful people through it – some of whom are coming to help us with our projects January, February and March. But Facebook really fuels my anger, and it is anger at things I have no influence over, so it is really a waste of time. I need to think about how I can find a healthy balance.

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  1. Hi Dawn thanks for the reply on permies.com! Well done with all your hard work, just goes to show what you can do with permaculture. We have now moved from Tarifa to Castellon (we were actually doing the move during the floods in Malaga!!!) We have bought a 4 acre property (more than 5 times cheaper than land in the Malaga area) and Geoff Lawton’s online PDC has come at just the right time! We may not be such close neighbours anymore, but still part of the Iberian circle 🙂

      1. We don’t have water on the plot, it’s classed as secano, but with an average rainfall of 625mm annually, it’s classed as semi arid I think. So need to get our water catchment systems in place before we start. We are 30 km inland from Vinaros (Castellon is also on the coast – just below Catalunia). We get the benefit of the lovely Mediterranean climate, just a few degrees cooler and it is drier than where we lived before so we may be able to wear leather shoes again!

      2. I keep confusing Castellón with
        Castilla-León 🙂 Our friends have a place with no well, and they have a water tank of 25.000L and suffice with that most of the year – some years they might buy one truck full of water to last through the summer, but that is all. If you set it up right it should be possible. We hope to buy a tank of ca. 30.000L+ at some point and then maybe we don’t have to use the well at all.

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