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3A4E1C57 (640x387)[1]We had SNOW!!!  as you can see not as much as the rest of Catalunia but it snowed.  I will admit that this picture is not from last week but because of the weather the signal kept breaking and when I tried to down load the pictures they ‘got lost’, nothing new there….    Anyway it was sunny so I decided that what we needed was a trip out to the coast for a cuppa. So Sunday afternoon we set off towards Ametlla, a little fishing port, only to find when we got there that it was blowing a hooly and everybody had gone indoors.  No bars were open and when we walked round the harbour we both wondered who suggested the trip lol.

So we decided to go to the next town for a coffee, guess what that was shut and the wind was getting worse so erring on the side of caution we decided to head for home via the mountains. Ummm not sure it was the best choice, the scenery was fantastic but as we climbed towards the pass the wind was gusting and the snow looked frozen.  It was freezing up there and we could see where they had gritted so we kept an eye on the pass in case of ice.  My wife was never so pleased as when we started down the other side, when we reached town we called in at Ramon’s bar for hot chocolate and coffee then went home to snuggle up in the warm.

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Meet my wifes stalker, cheeky little sod but rather tame. I first noticed him following her round the olive tree as she weeded the garden, he was obviously looking for food but it looked so funny to see him playing hide and seek with her as she was totally unaware of his presence. She has named him ‘Stalker Sam’ as he has made a nest up under the eve’s of the little house and sits outside the kitchen window watching to see if she is going gardening.  We would be interested to know what he is, although he looks like a robin he has none of the markings anybody help out?  I have attached his water adventure photos:

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Wife is sitting in ‘ff’zone having  a coffee when Sam turns up perches on the watering can and starts tapping away.  The more he taps the more she ignores him but gets her camera. Next thing she knows he’s fallen in the watering can so she fishes out a soggy bird berating him for being so stupid.  Now she has a garden ‘helper’ when I walked round to the rhubarb patch the other day there they were wife weeding Sam by her knee looking for grubs etc., So if anybody can tell me what he is we would be grateful as we like to keep a tally of the different birds up here.

Now one of the things we really need up here in summer are Bats, insect-eating tiny bats.   We are going to see if we can get some bat houses installed in various places in the hope that along with the sand martins they will help keep the ‘black biters’  down, one thing is for sure they will get very fat up here.

One of the things we have noticed is that the forest dwellers are camera canny.  We have cameras around the place but only see signs of where someone has been in places they are not.  Rabbits, boar and, we suspect, goats have left their prints in various places but as is their want NOT where the cameras are.  We will keep trying and one day have some photos to show you.

©  Michael Douglas Bosc

 

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One of the nicest things about living here is the night sky. After my weekend game of petanca we stopped off at the Club Nautique for a drink – strange thing there since the fiesta the patrons seem to have vanished, people we normally see are no longer around such a shame – but I digress. 

After dinner my wife and I went up on the roof and sat on the loungers watching the stars.  We are in what can only be described as a halo of night sky, no background scatter just dark,  sprinkled with lots of twinkling lights. There is an aura of reflected light over the hill in front  and the maser behind, and to the left we can look down the valley towards the mountain range that separates us from the coast its above these that you get a sense of the towns behind them as the light scatter is quite large and bright. 

Looking up you see the dusty shadow of the Milky Way, like a faint cloud stretching from east to west. I can understand how the acient astrologers made pictures of the stars. Now and again a plane would wink its way across the sky and a satellite wobble or whiz over head. Sitting there in the quiet we could hear the owls calling to one another the odd dog barking perhaps a pig was near its finca, then suddenly the midges were there then whoosh, small bats came to feed, silently diving and darting around us. The first one to arrive made us jump but it was fascinating to watch them.

Then it began to get cold (nearly 2am) so it was time for bed.  The hunters arrived this morning around 7am so Autumn is on its way, next thing is olive picking but that’s another story…..

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