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Tuesday, 14 March 2017

61.8 litres per square meter

Wow. We got the rain. 61.8 mm. It was not too extreme and balanced out over two days thus mimimizing potential flood damage.

 Now, that's a good flow. !
 A small flood.
 

Sunday, 12 March 2017

Fiesta Salva El Agua - Save the Water

This was a well attended fiesta - I would say our best - excellent organization by "Sunseed" and lighting by David and Errol.
 Moon Glow
 The Almeria band Yakunde - Excellent Reggae style.
 Victor - A song for El Rio
 Blondina and Fidel checking out the crowd. !
 Lise and Jonathon - Great bar work
 GRACIAS a la Plataforma en Defensa Del Acuífero del Río de Aguas por la organización, 

Acuíferos Vivos por la colaboración y a José María Calaforra y Andrés Pérez por sus rutas reivindicativas. 

GRACIAS a Errol Dreilinger y David Dene por esta increíble iluminación y a David Dene y Graham Turner por la electricidad que la puso en marcha. 

GRACIAS a Sunseed Desert Technology por la comida y sus esfuerzos en todos los sentidos, al equipo de la Casa El Mirador de Los Molinos por el montaje de la exposición de fotografías y a Ion Holban por su documentación fotográfica sobre la maravillosa y amenazada fauna que convive en el Valle del Rio Aguas.

GRACIAS a DJ Jeff por la música y el ambiente del domo, a Honsa y Silvie Lessyova por el espacio del Tipi, a los artesanos por la creación de un mercadillo colorido, a Cervezas de los Filabres por su cerveza artesanal de Velefique.


Gracias al grupo de teatro Antagon TheaterAKTion por su espectacular actuación y animación del público, a la Cuadrilla de Folclore del Maestro Gálve por su música tradicional.

Gracias  a los Piratas de Cabogata por su música Rock. 

Gracias a Jorge Yakunde y su banda por su vibrante Reggae de corazón.

Sunday, 5 March 2017

More snow play

This is where I am staying. My friend Erich's Gasthof.
 Skiing in a snow storm - not easy. !
 An evening view.

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Now for a change - I am in the Austrian Alps

Snow play.

 Band play
 View from my room in Alpbach
 More views from my room in Alpbach

Desert flowers

Spring Time 


 Carpets of white flowers.
 Thyme



 

More works on our irrigation line.

Lining parts of the line with black plastic

 Unwrapping the black plastic

 Increasing the height of the sluice gate wall.
 The river is still flowing well.
 Success. We have achieved optimum flow.

Monday, 20 February 2017

New pipes for the Irrigation Line

Here they are. Fifty one meters of new pipes.

 OK. On the move.
 And
 And
 And
 Lucas and Errol levelling the base of the ditch.
In Position.
 

Sunday, 12 February 2017

An Article in The Olive Press Newspaper

http://www.theolivepress.es/spain-news/2017/02/03/exclusive-british-expat-gets-un-help-fight-farming-scandal-southern-spain/

A BRITISH expat has successfully enlisted the help of the UN to probe a farming scandal that is ‘killing the last oasis’ in Europe.
Thanks to green campaigner David Dene, the UN Office of Human Rights is investigating the alleged destruction of the ‘El Rio de Aguas’ area of Almeria due to intensive olive tree production.
Environmentalists claim the trees are rapidly depleting a precious underground aquifer, which is rapidly running dry.
They insist the lack of water is already wreaking havoc on the environment and forcing whole communities to move.


Dene speaking to UN
Dene speaking to UN
“It’s a massive human and environmental rights abuse, which is why the UN is now looking into it”, explained Dene, is based in the same village as eco charity Sunseed.
“Four million trees have been planted by large industrial producers over the last few years.
“Each is extracting 10 litres of water a day from the aquifer, which is a basin of non-renewable water that both humans and nature depends upon to survive in this area.
“Already a few communities have been forced to move and we now have to drive 15km to the nearest spring to get our water.”
Dene continued: “At the current rate, unless something is done, the aquifer will run dry in just a few years”, he said. “It’s killing the last oasis in Europe.”

Tuesday, 24 January 2017

A Movie from the Pita Escuela. "Snow in the Desert".


Here is a beautiful short movie made by Timbe founder of the Pita Escuela.

Below are more snow pics.



Monday, 23 January 2017

Light at the end of the tunnel.Sunday workers. !

The Casa De La Realidad team continue "on the case". ! This is the upper irrigation line.

Errol has started digging.
 More helpers - Lucas and Honsa plus dogs.
 Good level
 Viktor doing some fine tuning with Blondina looking on. !
 David in action.

The Sunday team. Honsa, Errol, Lucas, Viktor and myself taking the pictures.
 Fidel
We have cleared the "line" so that storm water now flows into the mill drop and then into a tunnel which led to the power generating station, which in previous times supplied electricity to Sorbas. !
Notice Jonas, the youngest member of our village community.