The End of the Road

And so after nine months of cycling we reached the final destination of our 10,000 km journey, receiving an unexpectedly lovely welcome from our good friend Dougal and a carload of drummers!

So, happily settled in at Meet Me There, we spent a busy month working on a new organic veg and fruit garden. This is designed to showcase the amazing productivity possible when using compost toilet ‘humanure’ to grow food (which is totally safe don’t worry!), and will hopefully one day provide fresh ingredients for the lodge’s kitchen and bar. Big thanks to Atsu and Gershon for sharing their knowledge of farming in the tropics!

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Watermelon seedlings, straight from breakfast fruit!

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(Re)building the HMS Herbs from a broken canoe…

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Tropical Hugelkultur – using layers of sand, dead wood (in this case palm fronds and old coconut husks) along with compost and black soil (‘biochar’) to make nutrient-rich and moisture retaining raised beds.

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Planting some seedlings.

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Life!

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Apparently if you plant the top bit of a Pineapple, it grows another Pineapple!

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And last but not least, brightening up a wall with a new mural, Meet Me There has lots of new neighbours…

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One last time a huge thank you to Dougs and the wonderful staff of Meet Me There!

Don’t forget we are still raising money to build a new compost toilet, we are not far from our target but could still do with a few more pennies – visit our Donations page for more info.

We are taking a rest from the cycling, but will be back one day with more adventures…

A&Z

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A relaxing time in Andalucia

Actually it was a little bit stressful as multiple attempts to get Alice’s wheel fixed went awry (big thanks to John for helping us so much!) Luckily we were staying with Liz on her farm, hanging with the animals and helping out. The wheel still isn’t really fixed, we’re hoping to find a solution at a bike shop in Ronda before crossing into Morocco…

Beautiful Plume

Beautiful Plume

Little Cat, a semi-feral kitten Alice has been taming.

Little Cat, a semi-feral kitten Alice has been taming against its wishes

Building a Hügel bed. Dig a hole, lay bits of wood in it. Lay the turf back on upside down to kill the grass and weeds, then apply layers of manure, compost, old straw, etc. Finally spread with topsoil. We also added cardboard to keep the weeds down until spring. The decomposing wood retains moisture, the composting process provides warmth and improved nutrients. Great.

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Winter woollens...

Winter woollens…

Turkeys are crazy thangs.

The afernoons' labours...

The afternoons’ labours…

Zak crushing some green olives for preserving.

Zak crushing some olives for preserving

Riding Cali!

Riding Cali!

Wood-fired pear and pomegranate crumble

Wood-fired pear and pomegranate crumble. Yeah.

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Dog love with Messi (after the football man..) and Shadow.

Some more critter friends we made on the way up.

Some more critter friends we made.

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On a sunny afternoon we climbed up El Peñón, the slightly rudely named highest point in Sevilla province.

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Zak at the summit of El Peñón...

Zak at the summit

We headed up a nearby mountain called El Peñón, the highest point in Sevilla province. There were lots of sheep who ran away chaotically and peered at us from behind rocks. We were just heading downhill when we heard a tiny 'Baaaa' and looked down to see this fluffy white newborn who definitely wasn't there on the way up! Realising we'd probably inadvertently scared off its mum, we felt very guilty. The lamb however started nuzzling Alice's knees quite happily, seemingly not noticing she was not a sheep, let alone its Mama. Luckily we retired to a safe distance and Mama and baby were quickly reunited amid much happy bleeting.

As we approached the summit there were lots of sheep who ran away chaotically and peered at us from behind rocks. We were just heading downhill when we heard a tiny ‘Baaaa’ and looked down to see this fluffy white newborn who definitely wasn’t there on the way up! Realising we’d inadvertently scared off its mum, we felt very guilty. The lamb however started nuzzling Alice’s knees quite happily, seemingly not noticing she was not a sheep, let alone its Mama. We retired to a safe distance and Mama and baby were quickly reunited with much happy bleeting.