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By Janey


Our Spanish dream

The garden of the casa we created by making a series of small gardens with gravel walk ways. There is a hand palm and quite a few canary palms and cypresses. They took a couple of years to get established but then were fine. After about 3 years we put in an irrigation system of rain water piped round the most needy of plants.



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Wow Janey, that looks terrific. Do you really live there? Is it in Spain? I had exactly the same palm, I think it is a Lantane palm, have to look it up. I have a picture of mine too, I will post here. I love the cypresses so much, so stately. What is your annual rainfall there?

3 Aug, 2008

 

We bought it in 1995 and went to live there in 2000 Marguerite but sold it 18months ago. The heaviest
rainfall month was October when in 2000 it washed our whole drive down into the next farm. Very strong spring winds, the Mistral and also sand-filled rains from Africa April -July.

3 Aug, 2008

 

Sand filled rains? I have never heard of them. Very interesting. That sounded like a heavy downpour. You probably didn't have a raingauge to record your rainfall. We have 2 meters annually. I was just curious as you were mentioning your rainwater irrigation system. I have a 26.000 liter rainwater tank underground, it is lower than the house, so we have a pump. I have a special tap in the laundry and kitchen and two outside ones all on that tank. I remember the mistral in the South of France, strong dry winds. Cheerio.

5 Aug, 2008

 

When the winds came from the south, the clouds picked up sand from the Sahara, moisture from the sea, and then deposited it (mainly on our place lol) so that paths, tables chairs, everything was covered in yellow sandy rain!
We had about 20inches a year, and like you had a rainwater tank (cisterna) which held 20,000 litres. Ian installed an electric water pump and plumbing system which was run by a generator which in turn was powered by solar panels and a wind turbine, which we used for about 3 years. Luckily mains water was already on our land so we had it connected to the cisterna and mains electric brought to the casa. Though we liked the self sufficiency life style, it wasn't practical as Ian was building a large extension at the back and we had originally planned to let out the old casa for back to nature holidays, which we did for about 3 years.

5 Aug, 2008

 

Another pic that inspires me to pick up my brushes,

20 Oct, 2008



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