Burra Maluca

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Burra is a hermit, and a dreamer, and an eternal optimist. She loves ideas, and she loves testing them out and sharing what she finds out. She's constantly starting new things but rarely finishes them. She is hopelessly disorganised and lives in a state of total, blissful chaos. She loves apricots. And cherries. One day she'll grow all her own food so she never has to venture off her farm.
She is currently taking some time off to spend with her family.
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Recent posts by Burra Maluca

One of the new arrivals getting used to being handled.

4 days ago
Lemmy is growing up!

5 days ago
You can usually buy cherry trees for around €3 in the autumn in Portugal.  I'd plant a few in each place and see which does best. 

I'm a bit further north than you, just a little south of the main cherry growing area of Fudao, and cherries grow really well here.  Just don't be tempted to use bone-sauce on the cherry trees to keep critters away - it seems to react badly with them and kill them, as I found out to my cost. 
1 week ago
I used to make rowanberry jelly, many moons ago.

I also had a set of runes cut from a section of a branch and engraved with a hot iron as rowan was considered a sacred tree in wales.
2 weeks ago
I like Dutch hoes, but the cheap nasty one we took to Portugal with us when we left the UK has worn out and I wanted a replacement.  It seems they don't exist in Portugal, so I asked my friend to rummage around in his barn to see if he could find one.

At first he couldn't, so he made me one to suit my needs - 4" wide to fit between the plants in my raised beds, a nice sharp edge, 2mm steel which should be adequately strong for me but not too heavy.  It's welded rather than one piece but as it was made specially for me he used quality materials so I'm not expecting it to fall apart in a hurry.

Then he stumbled on an old 5" cast one, rather elegant and beautifully made but possibly a little big for my needs.  I haven't got them home yet but I'll fit handles and give them a good work out when I do.

2 weeks ago
I wonder if it's a euphorbia, maybe mediterranean spurge ?

This page has some good photos - https://www.naturespot.org.uk/species/mediterranean-spurge

Including this one, which looks very similar.



It's quite pretty, grows wild around our part of the world but is also grown as a garden plant.  I haven't found any real use for it yet, but then I don't think I've ever really looked.  Perhaps I should...
3 weeks ago
And a couple more of him cooling off with his mom after being out working in the hot sun.



3 weeks ago