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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.
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.

Sunday, 22 January 2017

For something different

In the above movie clip I am interviewing Jose the 83 year old founder of this Agro Co-operative. I am "acting" as a prospective European Buyer of his production on the entrance of Spain into the European Market in 1990. We then discuss conditions today.
In this, the above clip, I have been talking with Pepe. Pepe is 70 and he is a fisherman. The talk is in reference to the new market opening in 1990 and conditions today. Pepe and local fishing has suffered. Jose and the agro industry has prospered. That is the reality today.

In the above picture, I am with General Franco and we  have been talking about the past and the present. !

Thursday, 19 January 2017


This is historical. ! People have never seen snow like this here in the neighbourhood of Sorbas.
 Casa De La Realidad
 The road to El Rio.
 The Mirador look out point.
 Looking towards the Hueli Gypsum quarry.
 Looking at the Filabres and the Puerta de la Virgin.
 Another view of the Filabres mountains.

Wednesday, 18 January 2017

Snow and more movie.!

It is snowing. !!
Sorbas (04270)
Severe weather warning level orange due to heavy snow
valid from: Wed Jan 18, 2017 01:00 pm
valid to: Thu Jan 19, 2017 04:00 pm
valid for: all elevations
Severe weather warning (orange level) because of heavy snow with more than 5 cm in 12 hours, valid from Wednesday, 18.01. 13:00 till Thursday, 19.01. 16:00.

More movie. ! Call me Jacques, Jacques Delors. !

Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Talking with General Franco and a heavy snow alert for Sorbas. !!!!

Today I have been talking with General Franco. !
This is for a three part TV series sponsored by Flemish Film Fund and Flemish National TV. I talked not only about the Invernaderos but also about the new super- intensive olive plantations.

This is certainly a new slant on spreading information about our predicament. 

and an unusual weather watch for Sorbas. !

Sorbas (04270)
Weather watch due to heavy snow,
alert level orange possible

valid from: Wed Jan 18, 2017 07:00 am 
valid to: Thu Jan 19, 2017 01:00 am
valid for: all elevations


I will take pictures. !

Saturday, 14 January 2017

Sorbas with the Sierra Nevada in the background.

Our Documentary. "Every Drop Counts".

We made this documentary last year. I explain the situation. We have clear and open discussions with local people affected by this Industrial Agriculture. This Industrial Agriculture takes forty million litres of water every day and is threatening the continued existence of this, the last Oasis in Western Europe.


Friday, 13 January 2017

A twenty degree day. Warm and sunny. Another couple of tons taken from the line.

We are moving on and on up through the tunnel running under the mountain to the first tube.
 Close up. !
 Lucas and Viktor discussing gardening.

 The water came up to the level of the wheel. !
 Dashinka caving.
 Not a cloud in the sky. !

Thursday, 12 January 2017

Many Helpers and Great Views

The views on my dog walks are amazing - snow capped mountains and....
Doggies at play - "The Pack". ! Dashinka, (black and white), is the mother of the other four.


 This is how it is. !

Wednesday, 11 January 2017

The River Keeps Flowing and The Workers Keep Working.

We had a great team today with helpers from almost every household in the village. 

Here is a picture of the river and it has dropped a little in level and is still flowing well.

The team have opened about 100 meters of line at the far end and we are now at the top end. The line is nearly one kilometre long. !
 Nice work.
 Here is the flow measuring point set up by Almeria University.
 This is Jonathon in the tunnel.
 And here is Luke.
 Sheila is emptying buckets.
 Timbe is also emptying buckets from a second team.
 Sheila and Graham Turner.
 Interesting landscape behind Viktor.
 Jonathon and Viktor.
On the way home for lunch after a good amount of ditch clearing and removing another four tons of sand and gravel from inside the tunnel. We are doing well.