We are currently having a short break visiting friends in Galicia.
Our friends moved here nearly a year ago with their Spaniel Katie & are in the middle of renovating an old farmhouse in the hills near Ortiguera.
They live in a tiny hamlet & have a small piece of land where they keep chickens, goats & a pig. They have also acquired 2 young Spanish dogs.
I have never been to Northern Spain before & it is a revelation – sooo green. The climate is very similar to the UK just a little windier!! Compared to the rest of Spain it rains a lot here & so is good farming country. The main crop seems to be Eucalyptus – there are huge plantations of extremely tall trees which are used for the paper industry.
Everyone seems to be very friendly & community spirited- helping each other with transporting logs, fixing things etc.
A typical feature if this area – seen in most gardens or alongside the house is an horreo or grain store. They can be built on a platform or stilts & have wooden slatted sides. They look very beautiful made out of local stone.