30 May 2009
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An acequia is a community operated waterway and most were established more than 200 years ago. The Arabs brought the technology to Spain during their occupation. The acequia is how we irrigate our land and is a source of great entertainment for our dogs. Our water comes from the snows in the Sierra Nevada and is collected in a lake called the Laguna de Lanjaron high up in the mountains. As the snow melts it flows down the various channels. When we want water we have to drive to an aquaduct that is higher up our mountain, open a gate that allows the water to flow down our side of the mountain, close off other acequias until it comes down to our land. After the recent rains there was a landslide that blocked our acequia so Richard and a neighbour spent half a day digging it out and getting bitten by mosquitos. Their hard work paid off and the very next day we watered our land and entertained Khumbu and Bruno who spent a good hour in and out of the water.
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