Wednesday, November 28, 2018

New Trees by Road

It took us about 3 weekends to clear the mess from the loggers- and then we could get on to the fun bit!
We went straight out and spent the €300 from the logging company back on trees for replanting.
This is what we bought:

1 Liquidambar 6/8 2m+
1 Quercus phellos 180/200
1 Quercus rubra 150/200
5 Cupressus x leylandii 80/100
1 Sequoiadendron giganteum 60/80
2 Photinia red robin 40/60
3 Prunus laurocerasus (cherry laurel)
1 Vibunum tinus
1 Picea pungens Globosa
1 Cedrus atlantica
1 Platanus 160/180
1 Grevillea
2 Liquidambar
2 Quercus rubra/coccinea
3 Pinus pinea
2 Arbutus unedo
1 Ginkgo biloba
1 Quercus suber (cork)
3 Cupressus
1 Tilia


Baby Sequoia

Friday, November 2, 2018

Pine Forest Clearing

We made the decision a couple of months ago to let the loggers take the big pines from the site- to save us a bit more work and hopefully put a bit of dosh towards replanting. We've had three or four people show interest, but they've never come back. This week there was a different log company clearing just across the road- so we talked them into clearing ours too while they were local. They offered a smaller amount of money for the trees- basically called them 'palha' which means straw. The longer we leave them- the less they are worth, and we just want them gone now.
They cleared them all in a day- one guy on the chainsaw, the second in the big machine, and a third with tractor and trailer. Fascinating to watch, but also quite sad!

Yesterday, the day after the loggers left- was a public holiday- All Saints Day, which meant we could have a day on the land and start clearing up the mess they left behind.
Beppie the boxer on holiday with us and having fun out on the land

Monday, October 22, 2018

Maggies tree

Just noticed this week that Maggie's (our first boxer) crab apple tree is shooting from the base. A year on! Just goes to show it's important to be patient!

Autumn 2018

Not sure if it is because we've gone past the year marker, or just the fact that autumn is here and things are greening up again- but we're feeling quite positive about getting this place back on track.
Had a brilliant weekend clearing with Spud. We've got a long way to go-  the task of taking out the dead trees is still very daunting to me- but we can only do what we can do and every week we make a tiny bit of progress.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Day 365- One Year On

So here we are- a year on. I guess we've achieved quite a lot with the recovery of the Quinta -  pigs, chickens, gardens, plus all the house repairs- new windows etc, but the fire still seems to be very much a part of every day with burnt trees everywhere reminding us of that horrific night.
It's been an extremely hard year for us personally, but hopefully we are starting to come out the other side and we continue to stay positive, making plans for new projects to try to get the old Velagota we loved so much back.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Day 364 - Hurricane Leslie

It was a year ago today the hurricane came through and fanned the big fire and caused so much devastation, loss and heartache. Last night it seemed like deja-vu with a hurricane coming through the area, and the bombeiros sirens signalling a fire a couple of villages away.
We've been through the worst case scenario here, fire-wise, and this year we can be re-assured that there's not a lot left to burn- but it doesn't stop the anxiety when those sirens start up!
This morning we've had a walkabout and there are a lot of trees down- better get the chain saw out...

Saturday, October 13, 2018