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The land at the start

View to the South from the mid lower part of the land. Height around 200 meter. Some of the tops around are 340 meter in height.

 View to the south.

 View to the south, from the middle lower part, with natural green.

 View to the southwest. Middle part. Natural green and some parts with grasses.

 View to the East, with a natural green  'mammoot azalea'.

The highest part of the land seen from the middle part of the land, including the top of 3.000 m2. This grass is bordering a 3-4 m deep cut down in the land to the left, where the neighbor has made his land flat for olive trees in rows.

From the middle part taken to the top, view Northeast. The high tree being an olive tree. The land has not been watered or cared for for 20-30-40 or more years. All photographs taken at the end of April with temperatures around 24 C.

 View for the upper middle part of the land, more land inwards, looking NE. The tree on the right close by will be bearing fruit.

 View towards NE.

From the same place taken, view to the south. Small main coastal road. Houses in Tertsa. Fruit bearing tree on the left. Natural green to the right.

From the upper part of the land, just below the top. Unseen, to the right, is an empty water cistern down in the land. View to the South.

 From the same place, view to the West.

 Highest part of the 4.000 m2 land, just below the top. View to the West.

View to the Southwest. Seen from the highest part of the 4.000 m2 land. The top (unseen to the right) with a size of 3.000 m2 is also belonging to the land. the white areas in front of the sea are plastic green houses, non-organic. All neighboring olive trees are organic.

View to the south, from the upper part. Natural green and in total 10 olive trees on the property. The big bush in front is about 10 m wide and 3-4 m high. Of this type there are at last 4 such big bushes. They look like 'mammoot azalia', but do not know what it is.

View inland to the East. What is this high grass in front?


Taken at the bottom of the middle part with the cut down on the left side. See 'the cut' in the land below. Plans are to cut Mimosa, a nitrogen fixer, in the wild and plant it all along the 'cut', with Wisteria from the top growing down, or plant Pigeon peas there which then also are a wind break. What more, except of planting trees a.s.a.p., could I do here? I can think of having one or more swales at the top of this middle part, ending the swale 2 meter from 'the cut', swale ending upwards a bid.


 In good years southeast Crete has 475 mm of rain, but the last years 240 mm of rain is more normal. This type of climate is called arid.
The temperature is here mostly between 12 and 37 C, with night temperatures in winter going down to 7 and in summer the hottest days will be 42 C. This is called subtropical.
This makes the climate Arid Subtropical, zone 10b.

 Down at the 'cut' in the land, looking upward to the NE. Fruiting tree on the right.

 Viewing south.
Same place, looking SW-W.

 Looking south.

 Looking SW-W from the right side lower middle part.
From the same place, looking West over the land, showing natural green (and grass) on the middle part.

Along the right side of the land is a sand road - View to SW. - leading to the Olive farmer on the upper right. Here we are on the lowest right part of the land of which you see the grass to the right. To the left, down of the road, there is another 100 m2 belonging to the land, which makes the total of 4.100 m2 land, exclusive the top of 3.000 m2.

View to West. The Greek people here talk about bulldozer the land to get rid of the grass. Maybe let a tractor make one swale at the top of the middle part?

 Looking SW.

 From the 'cut' overlooking the neighboring olive land, viewing West-NW.

 The neighbor down the cut, viewing West.

 Viewing south.

Viewing south.

The location of agricultural water distribution point is about 100-200 m away. I hope to get excess to agricultural water in the autumn/winter through black plastic pipes.
The meaning is to collect water from the roofs of future buildings. Grey water from the outdoor shower and the outdoor kitchen will be guided to a banana circle on the lower right down side of the land.

The first coming two winters I will be staying here in a caravan, located just below and south of the first 'mammoot azalea' on the lower right side of the land, bordering the sand road going upward. Later this caravan will be available for permaculturists, whoofers and friends. But there will always be room for a tent too.

Plans for winter 2017/2018 are building a compost toilet, an outdoor kitchen in front of the caravan, an outdoor shower, making an outdoor cooler, preparing the banana circle, building and rotating a chicken coop and planting Prickly Pears bordering the sand road ...
Would you like to come and help? I offer you free stay, 3 fresh meals a day, a beautiful view and the sea with beautiful beaches just 2 km away.

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  1. WOW! What an undertaking. I look forward to seeing your dream take shape. X

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    1. Thanks Yvonne, you're welcome to come along and have a look. Of course it can not be done in one day.

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