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mud castles 150 150 Abby

mud castles

The river is home to some form of crayfish or freshwater lobster-like creature, known locally as camarones. These camarones build little mud castles near the river, possibly for shelter, or maybe…

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distant Andes 150 150 Abby

distant Andes

The hike up nearby Tabontinaja is a great early morning wake up, a quick slightly steep meander into the coastal hills surrounding Fundo Meza. At one point you turn a…

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eucalyptus greens 150 150 Abby

eucalyptus greens

quince 150 150 Abby

quince

Quince are one of the last fruits of the season to become ripe – a real delicacy when cooked down into dulce de membrillo and eaten with Manchego cheese.

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young trees 150 150 Abby

young trees

Trees spread their seed far and wide in hope that some of the seedlings will find the perfect spot with all the right conditions so that their progeny survives. This…

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unrelenting zucchini 150 150 Abby

unrelenting zucchini

The zucchini plants have provided fresh vegetables since early spring and they are still coming. The plant seems to be very well adapted to providing its crop for as long…

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solar hotwater – Fundo Meza 150 150 Abby

solar hotwater – Fundo Meza

All of our hot water generation comes from combined solar hotwater systems. We always aim to have the hotwater panel installation blend in with its surroundings, for minimal visual impact,…

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sheets of fog 150 150 Abby

sheets of fog

Where we are positioned is in quite a high valley not too far from the coast, so there is often an early morning fog sitting over us after the chill…

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store room 150 150 Abby

store room

The greenhouse has taken on a new role in the autumn/early winter months. It is a dry, sealed room and therefore perfect for storing many of the vegetables that can…

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fluffy bush 150 150 Abby

fluffy bush

On our autumnal wanderings we came across this bush bursting into fluffy delights. A few strong gusts of wind will ensure that its seeds are spread across the whole valley…

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solar pumping – Fundo Meza 150 150 Abby

solar pumping – Fundo Meza

Our solar pumping systems use a combination of solar PV panels, Dankoff SlowPumps, and gravity (storage tanks higher up) to provide all our water needs. We also now use a…

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early light 150 150 Abby

early light

The sun creeps over the hills much later in Autumn. When it does peak over, it slowly fills the whole valley with a warmth and brightness that was unimaginable just…

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solar hotwater 150 150 Abby

solar hotwater

We provide passive solar hotwater systems – they do not have any pumps – which allows a simple, almost maintenance free hotwater system. These panels will provide hotwater needs 80%…

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solar pumping 150 150 Abby

solar pumping

We offer the full range of Dankoff Solar Pumps to be used in a wide variety of applications. All installations incorporate solar panels, a solar pump and a controller with other…

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solar PV 150 150 Abby

solar PV

We provide both on-grid and off-grid solar PV solutions. Off-grid solutions are aimed at locations where users are independent of the grid – they involve solar PV panels with batteries…

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autumn colours 150 150 Abby

autumn colours

As Autumn flows into full swing we are treated to a visual bonanza. The richness of colours  is subtly exaggerated by the surrounding sea of evergreens. The sun – ever-lower in…

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la vendemia 150 150 Abby

la vendemia

Two weeks ago it was finally time for the wine harvest, the vines gave in to the suns rays and absorbed that golden hue. The grapes, all now a deep…

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solar cooker 150 150 Abby

solar cooker

A special solar cooker we designed that is made from the lower third of an old wine barrel and some shiny insulation.

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tree-bush 150 150 Abby

tree-bush

Fir trees seem to sprout up all over the place on the hillsides. The fir tree saplings do particularly well in shelter of other bushes/shrubs –  but as the firs…

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easter bunnies 150 150 Abby

easter bunnies

These baby bunnies have made their new home below the rose bush…they are so small we are just going to let them stay there until they get a bit bigger…

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corn & pie 150 150 Abby

corn & pie

About a month ago the first few corn husks were ready to be eaten, so sweet and fresh – unbeatable! We ate them complete with plum pie, after Isobel &…

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green grape pressing 150 150 Abby

green grape pressing

After the harvest it was time to make the juice. Using some simple traditional grape pressing and crushing machinery we were able to make about 150L of verjus. The pressing…

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circular rainbow 150 150 Abby

circular rainbow

A few weeks ago we were drenched with yet more summer downpours, unheard of in past years but a phenomenon that seems to be on the rise. As the rain…

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verjus harvest 150 150 Abby

verjus harvest

We all got up extra early and wandered dazed over to the far vineyards. The grapes were just right to harvest for verjus. We had been watching them closely for…

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new homes 150 150 Abby

new homes

Each hive is gradually being transferred from the traditional bee boxes, to this slightly more radical structure adapted from a Barefoot Beekeeper design. There is much discussion around the world…

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nectarines 150 150 Abby

nectarines

We harvested the nectarines yesterday – they are so fragrant and tasty. There were lots of fruits on the tree so we are going to have to make lots of…

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wonder hikes 150 150 Abby

wonder hikes

We recently did the one day hike, Cascada del Arcoiris, offered by Frank of Costa y Cumbre Tours. It was a wonderful day following a cowboy trail through the vast…

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marmelada 150 150 Abby

marmelada

Thanks Joy and Katrina for making this delicious mirabelle plum and ginger jam. We get all sorts of fruit trees flourishing during the summer months in random locations and suddenly…

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winemaker 150 150 Abby

winemaker

Andres Sanchez, the winemaker at Gillmore winery – our neighbours in the Loncomilla Valley, gave us the ultimate wine-tasting. We popped by just as he was in the laboratory determining…

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The Cordillera 150 150 Christiane

The Cordillera

Rising before dawn has its merits. In under two hours we had parked not far from the Argentine border and were high up in the Andes beginning our trek along…

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