For anyone stumbling across this blog and wanting a short cut to view what happened in a neglected orchard and a new house surrounded by builders' rubble, have a look here
There are many wonderful gardens to see out there in blogland. I particularly like the English ones as well as Yolanda's in Holland, Titania's exotic one in Australia, Nicole's in the Caribbean, Green Thumb's in India and it's fun and interesting to see what people in other parts of Spain are doing and what works for them. (See sidebar for links).
It has been a real battle against the hot Levante winds, claggy soil , summer droughts and winter deluges. We have learned what works in this south west corner of Spain and with the help of Gonzalo and Mathilde, our Spanish neighbours (who incidentally think we're mad when we plant non-edibles) have been able to provide ourselves with delicious veg and fruit. There are several places now to just sit and be and watch the unusual, for us, wildlife and birds...the balletic storks, the Spring returning hoopoes, chameleons and little green frogs.
Just when I think we're done and there's nothing new to say, el jefe will come up with a new project and our enthusiasm gets renewed. It's been salutary having a look back at the photographic record and creating a web album. I hope you enjoy it.