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On my trip into the campo yesterday I came across this orchard expelling its excess irrigation water into one of the ubiquitous concrete channels that cut through the countryside here.  Life giving water is diverted to the farms and orchards throughout the area.  A complicated grid of canals ensure that each farm is supplied with water by diversion from the canals once or twice a week.  Each farmer on his scheduled day diverts water into his farm and that excess is then collected and carried on to next farm.  You can thank the Moors for this ingenuity.

In the orchard, water is carried around each tree in zigzagging trenches designed to slow the flow of water so to ensure that the soil all around the tree is sufficiently saturated. The excess water then simply falls back into the canal and is carried away.  Along with the water, is carried important nutrients for and from the soil as well as small stones, and sediment.  These heavier items gather in the canal around the entry point and eventually plant life takes hold and life shoots up, seemingly out of nothing.  Due to this fact, the canals are dredged regularly to ensure the flow of water continues.

This particular orchard is consists solely of  Cherimoya trees.  These are a delicious winter fruit grown only in this region in all of Europe.  One of the unusual things about the cherimoya is that it is hand pollinated.  Scores of men and women, paint brushes in hand pollinate each flower to ensure a good uniform crop.  Within weeks of harvest, the trees are pruned,  stimulating new growth and making harvest the next year simpler.  It is easier to pick fruit from  smaller trees, less goes to waste due to being out of the reach of the picker.

Water can be seen zigzgging its way around the individual trees.

Saturation point.

The excess water makes its way back to the canal to be carried on to the next farm.

Sediment and plant life take hold within the canal

Cherimoya middle of last month

A friend with a ripe cherimoya ready for eating.

In this last photo, my friend  and I stopped and spoke to a farmer about the cherimoya, which instigated an invite onto the finca,  followed by a sampling of cherimoya, guava, oranges, lemons and avocados to take away.  A great day!

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I know I have been remiss in my postings, but I have a good reason, honest, it’s summer, I have been at the beach.

Well that is mostly true. I have been busy with guests visiting and getting ready for the next group arriving in a couple of weeks time.  I drove around the last 2 days taking pictures for the blog.  The weather is still great, and so far, we have seen NO signs of any jelly fish this year..which is great news.. the water is just cool enough to keep them at bay.  This is not to say that the water is cold by any stretch of the imagination.  It’s gorgeous and lovely and clear. So, here we go, pics from in and around Salobreña.

Parking my boat, anywhere I want to.

Parking my boat, anywhere I want to.

Speedo Alert.. People..I implore you.

Speedo Alert.. People..I implore you.

Red Alert, Shields up, Hands Full!

Red Alert, Shields up, Hands Full!

Gifts from a feline admirer

Gifts from a feline admirer

She loves me

She loves me

Fruit and flowers

Fruit and flowers

No blossom is safe

No blossom is safe

So famous is Cindy for her nocturnal flower deliveries that a friend actually painted a pic of Cindy in her favourite resting spot.

So famous is Cindy for her nocturnal flower deliveries that a friend actually painted a pic of Cindy in her favourite resting spot.

All of the blossom photos were taken on the walkway that leads to my home.  This is a scene repeated daily by our cat Cindy who loves to show her affection and gratitude for chin scritches and hour long rubdowns and fur combing.  Each morning there is a fresh batch of flowers awaiting us.  When she brings them to us, she isn’t quiet about it either.. with blossom in mouth she makes the journey down the pathway meowing as loud as she can but with her mouth full.  If you don’t believe me, ask my neighbors, they really enjoy the all night flower deliveries I can assure you..LOL.

Then I took a drive just outside Salobrena into the growing area and got the following shots..it was a lovely day for a drive too.

A swirling mango vortex

A swirling mango vortex

Roadside Mango tree..ooh the temptation

Roadside Mango tree..ooh the temptation

Boat launching spot in La Caleta

Boat launching spot in La Caleta

Break wall at the Plaza de Lavadoras in La Caleta

Break wall at the Plaza de Lavadoras in La Caleta

More Mangoes, it won't be long..Gee I hope I can find these trees in the dark

More Mangoes, it won't be long..Gee I hope I can find these trees in the dark

A love wind break made of Pine trees.

A live wind break made of Pine trees.

Starting young learning from Dad how to keep an eye on the fruit crops.

Starting young learning from Dad how to keep an eye on the fruit crops.

A lovely rose growing amongst the Avacado and Cherimoya trees

A lovely rose growing amongst the Avacado and Cherimoya trees

Opuntia also known as Nopales with her prickly pear fruit.  Delicious. You must be extra careful when handling these babies believe me.

Opuntia also known as Nopales with her prickly pear fruit. Delicious. You must be extra careful when handling these babies believe me.

Bearded palms, bearded only because the owners have not bothered to clear away the dead leaves.

Bearded palms, bearded only because the owners have not bothered to clear away the dead leaves.

And How I wish they could look.. s*

And How I wish they could look.. s*

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