25.09.2011 - 27.09.2011
Well I did promise some pictures of goats so on Sunday I made sure I was waiting for them with my camera.
No, silly, that's Rachel. The other news, of course is that she has come out to visit in a move that makes the solution to the middle east problem as simple as 'well haven't Israel got any horses the Palestinians want to ride?'
Those, are the goats. Sedella likes goats, there is a local story that, at the time that the Spanish were taking back Spain from the Moors, Velez-Malaga fell but there were few Spanish men around, able to fight. In order to stop Mountain villages becoming havens for escaping Moors from fallen towns, locals wanted precipitate action. The women of the village drove goats, in secret, up the mountain and decked them out with lanterns and bells. They then rushed them down on the town, causing the moors to think they were under attack. The moors fled the village and headed down the valley, where they were massacred by the waiting village men. When a message was sent to Queen Isabella, she is said to have said of the place 'sé de ella' or- 'I know about that' and thus, Sedella gets it's name. That, however is all total rubbish as before the moors came it was known as Sedille, probably from the Latin 'sedilla' or rural place. It doesn't stop the village hall breaking the name up into sé de ella on official documents, flags and pennants.
On the other hand, it could all be true as there are still goats here, a mountain, a valley and a motto. What else do you need to make history?
Proof of how the Moors were driven out- a goat, a bell and a mountain.
And you know what a sheep dog looks like, well, here's a goat dog:
The other big news is, as I said, Rachel has come to join us. Well, actually she's come to ride but, same difference.
I wasn't allowed to go and photograph them schooling this morning but will take some more later, I've been told.
Other than that, I spent yesterday mending water systems, as the 'deposito' for the track seems to have been filling itself mostly with air and the 1,000 gallon storage tank at the house was almost empty. Though we knew there had been intermittent filling problems we didn't think it was causing a problem until I discovered that the ball-valve was corroded up, meaning that wh en the water has been on, the tank has not been filling, possibly for the entire month. Still, all sorted now, at the cost of a few blisters.
And here's a picture Rachel took in revenge for me taking hers.