Quemao Viejo. Day One!

With a big pain in my heart, I have finally left UK. Farewell to you my darling!

I have move to Spain. To Zarzadilla de Totana, the nearest village to Quemao Viejo. I shall make a post about Zarzadilla, soon.

Today has been my first day “hands on” in the project. I got my pick and shovel, some water, my breakfast box and jumped in my Yamaha SR…and nearly killed myself a thousand times! It was a very windy day, and the road is in such a bad condition, that together with the wind…, now that I am writing this, I think I may be a bit…crazy? Well, Who’s  not?

I wanted to do some trial with soil. To make mud to plaster the inside of the cave and make it smoother…and see what I found inside the first bucket of soil I got :


Checking on me, Kermit? I begged him to stay a bit longer. I even shared my apple with him!But he preferred to run free, and jumped good bye with a “ see you later, alligator”.

Not only that, as soon as I mixed the soil with water, a couple of wasps appeared out of the blue, buzzing they wanted their share!

The next photo has several readings. First, one could think that I am not scared of wasps. Well, of course I am! But remembering what I read about from Argentinian expert in permaculture, Antonio Uriales Cano, I thought “animals don’t hurt without a reason!” ( apart from humans, obviously). They probably just want to get some mud for building and that’s it. Do not bother them and they won’t bother you”. It was so. ( But don’t try that with a Lion…just in case!).

Second, as the great Masanobu Fukuoka wrote in his book “the one-straw revolution”: “Just observe nature, she will teach you” So I made a note to myself to check how wasps and other animals use mud for building. Sure they use an eco- and bio- and environmentally friendly method! There is a great book with hundreds ideas about building in a more sustainable way, “Shelter” by Lloyd Khan, where one can find some good examples of animal dwellings and other marvellous ideas from people living…in a different way!

And third,  it gave me the idea for a competition of photography, enphoQUE. But I’ll tell you about that in other occasion, I’m still working on it.

Thanks for reading!



Ah! I forgot! The trial to plaster the cave ended up something like that:



I know! It could be anything…ha,ha.

Anyway, the one in the left is only soil, the right one, soil and sand. I’ll post the results.

See you later,



About Quemao Viejo

A project to scape the Rat Race with a micro-camping site and a veterinary practice using local medicinal plants.
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2 Responses to Quemao Viejo. Day One!

  1. Anonymous says:

    una lagartija…very auspicious sign would a budist say you…whereas if peace works with bees, yes I would try it with a lion…if I manage to cross with one in the months coming!

    • Quemao Viejo says:

      what to budist say about vultures, crows, lizards, butterflies, snakes…sometimes I think I should create a ZOO!
      You take care in your trip, have fun, and come back safe!
      Bon voyage!

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