Imbolc — the beginning of the end of winter at Finca Verde

Aimee Fenech
3 min readFeb 4, 2024

I feel that living on the farm gives me a sense both of the passing of time and the circle of life from the first birdsong in the morning to the rushing of the clouds above.

The night sky is full of stars an ever changing rotation with the moon as a clear indicator that we are indeed moving.

The winter nights are cold but the days were relatively warm, some days had felt like spring and we’d been worried about the rising temperatures and it’s effects on the water.

Imbolc on the 1st of February inicates the start of spring and just as if on cue a couple of days before all the almond trees fill up with blooms all shades of pinks and with their thick heady smells. The trees are buzzing full of pollinators come for the feast.

The mountain’s snow cap is almost gone but that alas is not such a good sign. It has been warmer than it should be to keep the icecap on. The water stored as ie is important to feed into the springs that water the hills and valleys below.

The reservoir has only recovered a fraction of what was used last year.

The oranges have turned a deeper shade of orange as the sun matures the fruit into a sweet source of vitamins, biting into the first oranges is like an explosion of flavours in your mouth.

In-season freshly picked squeezed oranges is one of the perks of living here. I sometime add ginger and a drop of honey but often enough the juice is so sweet no other sweetener is necessary.

Now is the time to do the irrigation pipe maintenance, tidy things up on the land and watch while the ground cover starts to thrive, harvest the oranges, prune the trees and watch as the animals start to show us their young as the days grow longer and warmer.

The context: I have moved to a Finca (farm) in the Alpujarra, Southern Spain in late November 2021. It has no potable water, no glass in the windows and no heating. However, it does have a lot of heart and a kind farmer whose finca it was for three generations looking out for me. It has beautiful views during the day and a sky full of stars at night and it is quiet. Like a balm to my soul. It has slow and limited internet and a library full of books that I have dragged with me all over Europe. I have decided to write some reflections about life here as I grow into it.

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Aimee Fenech

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