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David Cramp | October 22, 2017

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29. La matanza – and a little bit of hypocrisy

August 12, 2014 |

Living in remote areas of the countryside of whatever country, inevitably brings you face to face with the real facts of life – including the fact that the meat that you buy sanitised and wrapped up in plastic from your supermarket was once a live animal that had to be killed. Read More

28. The English prisoner

January 12, 2014 |

The track down the valley that served all our holdings was a mess and after several meetings, the local track committee which included me decided that we would repair it as best we could. The town hall offered cold tar seal for the steeper bits as long as we provided the labour and off we all went to work. Read More

27. Returning home

January 12, 2014 |

It has become fashionable of late to regard almost any change in life style that involves receiving less, or no pay as a perk of what has been labelled ‘downshifting’. Volumes have now been written on the subject and much of this has been written by authors who, with the backing of money have dipped their toes into the fast flowing and shark ridden waters of a major lifestyle change overseas, realised what they were missing and rushed back to the secure and cosy fold of a well-paid job. Read More

26. Tango Whisky

September 16, 2013 |

The mark of the true downshifter is flexibility – although I must admit that this comes mainly from events forcing you to be flexible rather than having any choice in the matter. And of course the event that forces flexibility on most downshifters, most of the time is the complete absence of cash; and when you are unable to buy a tapa Read More

25. Extra Money

May 4, 2013 |

As our house building project progressed, it became rapidly obvious that the general rule of estimating expenditure and then doubling the figure was wrong. By the time we had put the poles up and covered and retiled the roof, and enlarged and roofed the chicken house, we were running at estimate x 4 Read More

24. Journeys in Spain

November 4, 2012 |

Every journey I took in Spain had that element of adventure in it and even if I set off with a definite outcome in mind, something usually occurred to knock me off track but also to give me a deepening insight into the country and the mindset of its people. Read More

23. Getting to grips with it all

October 15, 2012 |

Starting work on a virtual rebuild of a very old farm house is actually a major thing to do in life especially when you don’t have the cash to pay someone else like a builder to help. Any spare cash was needed to invest in bees and equipment Read More

22. Shifting bricks, bees and sheep

October 7, 2012 |

Building a house in mid winter is not always an easy matter. Southern Spain is portrayed in the travel brochures as a warm and sunny place but this isn’t always reality. That October/November we suffered rain, rain and rain interspersed with nights down to -15C Read More

21. Neighbours

September 2, 2012 |

I forget who said it but the following sentence accurately sums up the point of this post. ‘Neighbours aren’t just neighbours, they are a whole environment.’ There was never a truer word said on the subject and wherever you move to, you will have neighbours, however distant Read More

20. The Mill of the Bassdrum

August 28, 2012 |

1997 and now we were in a place with nothing. Because we are how we are, it didn’t really hit us until we got there. No water, electricity or facilities of any kind. Just 4 very stout walls, a mud floor and some bits of a roof adjoining a rat ridden stable – and a spade! Read More