I have been looking at the ground on the lower terrace and decided that it is a good place to have an orchard, a small orchard. So this morning I planted out one of the Lemon trees our friends gave us to start our orchard. Now my wife is looking at all the fruit trees lol.
Now its that time of year again FIESTA’S and the start of the Petanca season yessssssssss! We are not sure if we will be playing this year as we have not formed a team but hey everything is sorted by El Presidente. Ripoll our petanca playing artist friend, is as sprightly as ever and has had several shows in Barcelona. We now officially play for Tivissa and we all look really good when we turn out in matching t-shirts and jackets.
My wife’s garden is coming along nicely. I have found some more large rocks so we are building a double wall round the rose garden in the hope that when the pigs/goats come marauding they won’t knock it over (again). She is thinking of planting a few ground covering plants in the top to make it look colourful. When we were at the market yesterday I spotted a ground covering plant with daisy like flowers to start off the idea which she bought along with a peach geranium. Now all I have to do is help her carry the bags of compost – me Tarzan her Jane???? lol. But I am quite impressed with how she has dealt with the old bench which has been here for ever, I actually had my eye on it for the wood pile. However, a lick of paint some colourful pots – painted – with geraniums in plus two ceramic pots from our local pottery have transformed it from very dull to typical Mediterranean. The Rock Rose is blooming again as are the Iris and as you can see the poppies are doing their usual thing making a weed covered slope look wonderful.
© Michael Douglas Bosc
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Well its been an interesting week up here but first a few muses. The weather has changed for the better, lots of sun with some lovely sunrises even if it’s still a bit chilly and windy. I think this picture of Sam says it all soft early morning sunlight doing us and the forest a lot of good, although for one small hissing sid not so good. My wife had just planted her Gladioli bulbs and was walking round from the back of the house to make a cuppa, stopped to pull a couple of weeds and this ‘sid’ wiggled between her feet into the pump house. Needless to say it’s not there any more. Since she was bitten a few years ago we have this rule about sids: In the forest fair enough that’s the wild part but not near the house or in the pump, gas or battery houses. So out came the spray, big stick and mask then after a check for wind direction a good spraying ensued. As she has made it quite clear that as far as she is concerned once bitten is once too often so war was declared. Therefore my observation that we do live in a forest was not timed well, but I suppose she is right, after all she was the one bitten and they are vipers after all.
Monday is pension and shopping day so we went into town taking the laptops with us and after the shopping we ended up in the wifi cake shop. Now this cake shop makes typical Catalan cream cakes, ie., lots of cream and chocolate with a sponge cake in there somewhere. This being Easter you can add hand-made bunnies, chickens, footballs and of course eggs. Guess what, because I was a good boy and waited till my wife had finished her writing she bought me some healthy white chocolates shaped like a half walnut-shell with a real walnut on top yummmmm, That’s my Easter chocolates sorted, well not quite as it turned out:-
On Friday I had decided to go cut some more of the old olive trees that I had pruned so taking my trusty? petrol chainsaw off I went. Now I don’t know about you but there are some things I do not have a lot of luck with and petrol driven chainsaw’s are one. Up to date I have had four all of which have, after a while, turned up their toes this last one was no different. It started cut a few logs then would not stop, making funny noises and metal sounds. I finally got it to stop took it back to the shed dismantled it – felt like being back at work – only to find that the bar for the butterfly on the choke had broken, the nut holding the butterfly had come loose and fell into the carburettor and game over. So Saturday morning it was off to Reus for some shopping. We ended up in Carrefour ( which is a big version of Asda and B&Q combined ) where I purchased a new Electric chainsaw, two wifi mice – guess who wanted a pink one – and some oil. Very strange but when we got to the counter I also found two pillow cases, bread and two easter eggs lol. But my wife made up for it when we got back to town she bought us lunch way to go girl. So Sunday was a day of relaxation and eating chocolate eggs yummm.
Well as for the garden all is coming along quite nicely. The flowers are out and as always after visiting our friends we have come back with plants and a few ideas for pots. Gardening here is all about being able to cope with drought and very hot summers, so most of the flowers in the garden are bulbs and cacti. However, there are a few shrubs such as lilac and bourganvillia that are able to survive the only problem is that so far our lilac bush has not flowered but as its only just leafed we live in hope.
The other piece of news is we have finally seen the wild cat. It was sitting by the sand pile watching the house. I have never seen such a handsome cat, large pricked ears, serene face and when it finally moved – wife went to get her camera – it was almost as big as a Lynx but we knew it was a wild cat as it had the typical ring markings down its tail.
© Michael Douglas Bosc
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It’s been a couple of action filled weeks for us so I will start at the beginning, so grab yourself a coffee and I’ll tell you of the drama that unfolded that first Monday – oh and please forgive me if I chuckle a little things always seem funnier after the event and as no one was hurt well………
Monday arrived bright, sunny and warm. So I thought we might as well go to the seaside and do the shopping on the way home. Mrs B always enthusiastic for a trip to the seaside was up housework done and ready before I could turn round. So off we set around midday calling first at the hairdressers for her to make an appointment then off to Hospitalet. We like it here, nice sandy beaches long and wide plenty of space, however today we had the beach to ourselves. After a short stroll along the water’s edge we went for coffee at El Pescador the seafood bar/restaurant that faces the sea, sat in the shade and read the ‘menu de dia’ decided that it was very good and we would come back on Friday. However things decided – as they do – to conspire against us so it was Monday when we finally went it was well worth the visit.
We had just reached the Club Nautique when a large rock fell into the road narrowly missing 5 ladies and their dog. There were workmen placing netting then wire mesh over the cliff face and somehow a rock had been dislodged. Needless to say the ladies told the men what they thought of this then walked off. We were behind them in the car so could not pass as the road was blocked, so I turned off the engine and we sat and watched as they tried to move it bending a very large crowbar in the process. Finally they managed to break it into small pieces clear the road and we went home. Phew a few minutes earlier and I dread to think what could have happened.
Next thing to happen was the weather turned and we actually got snow! Now please take a look at the first picture and that tree. Not very big you might think but believe me it was a tenacious beast. I was clearing the rock face of scrub to make a fire break so had cleared round the roots which made it lean this I assumed would need one really good blast from the wind to bring it down not on your life! We are not allowed to cut the trees down but if they fall down that’s ok, so for a week we watched and waited for the event. The wind came howled and gusted not a movement then one morning a small puff of wind and down it came, sods law or what. Now after all this time I wanted to make sure it really was down so taking a pickaxe I went to inspect boy what a hole and some large rocks so the wife is pleased as she can now make her wall round the rose garden double thick then the goats/wild boar wont be able to knock it over.
Our first foray of the season into petanca began with a ‘clotcha’ breakfast at the club and the AGM. First picture is of the cooks, last picture is of the setting and the others the rest of us enjoying breakfast and very good company. We had such a laugh and the games after were really fun even though they were as always serious.
This is Sam, my wife’s little stalker, gardening friend and all-round bossy little sod. He was part of our life for weeks then one afternoon we arrived home from town to find him lying on his back feet in the air dead. I didn’t think I would be affected by something so small but I was, my wife wandered around for days like a lost soul even the other birds were quiet for a couple of days. We will and do miss Sam he will not be forgotten. R.I.P. little Sam.
Right that’s enough for this piece of news. I have started on the next one which also has some more events.
©Michael Douglas Bosc
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