early winter morning looking across the olive trees to Alcuescar, shrouded in mist.

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on the lower side of the finca and behind the house, there is a wonderful wilderness

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a maze of dry stone walls

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boulder castles

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cattle paths – they wander where they will here, shouldering aside all obstacles,

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so fallen walls as well

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everywhere neglected cork oak scrub

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massive granite outcrops

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covered in moss and lichen – one of the lichens produces a strong purple dye and used to be exploited for it.

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hidden away is this building, still well maintained.

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it looks as though it could have been used for raising and fattening iberic pigs

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but there’s no activity at the moment, just Joachim’s cows wandering amongst the rocks and trees

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trees that are never harvested for their cork.

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climbing through the rock piles and trees at the bottom of my finca you find massive boulders

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like breaching whales

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the sierra always brooding over

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and then further over I came across this roofless choza

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built against a vertical granite formation

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it must have had a roof of poles and perhaps tiles once, though there are no shards or remains

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furnished with a stone basin

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cupboards

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and an external staircase – so did it have a flat roof? or another storey in timber?

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a puzzle, but a beautifully built one.

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back to the house

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through more fincas

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some abandoned, some cared for

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on my own, wild asparagus berries – very christmasy

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and the olives waving a welcome.