Tanquián in HAY-ven

Hay driving

What kind of work do farmers face in early summer? Yes, to get the hay in. In our case it`s the harvest for Amber, our horse, and Avi, the donkey.

Tanquián is not really a big enough place to have machinery to do this work, so we are grateful for any helping hand available. This year we had 3 Wwoofers from England and Denmark to help us do the job.The whole process took about two weeks.We had to cut the grass, turn it with traditional sticks to dry, hope for good weather without any rain (remember we are in rural Galicia) and load the heaps with hayforks onto the tractor to drive it in.

Raking it in

After that, it was moved into the hayloft right above the horseshed the next load had to come with the tractor. Like this we spend the day, but to keep the spirits up we had nice times during siesta, for example, with cider tasting. The afternoon work was a childsplay that day.

jump down the hay to get more in

At the end of the hay-day a feast with friends and the romance of a bonfire paid the workhours to everybody’s convenience.


Thanks for these days….

romantic fire after work






Bureaucracy in Spain and Galicia – This film sums it up nicely

This one is just great.
Having had yet another visit of a bureaucracy gone mad in the form of the “bug inspector”.
A yearly certificate that premises seem to be free of vermin and precautions are taken.
The friendly offer of various highly toxic substances (for which in every other country one needs yet another certificate) whilst highlighting that this is an ecological kitchen and as such is certified, gave a reduction in price and the venom was duly take away again.

Here is a “classic” short film about the bureaucracy in Spain

Bureaucracy in Spain

Bureaucracy in Spain



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