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Here he comes wobbling across the sky not sure where he’s going but he’s definitely high.  “Hic! who’s there? oh its you. I suppose you’re going to tell everyone I’ve been partying again, hic! Well, I don’t care!!!!”

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 He lurched, became round again for a moment then wobbled on his way.  As I said, I don’t know where he’s going but I do know where he’s ‘bean’!

Party Time

It’s that time of year again and the village is in party mood.  Tonight is the villages big correfoc which is followed by dancing and music until dawn.  Yep they certainly know how to party here even the moon gets in on it as you can see from the pictures.  This being the second year I have noticed this event I am quite convinced that no matter what NASA says, this moon is most definitely a party animal.

The Garden

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My wife has actually finished one of her projects in the garden, the bulb tyre.   This old tyre has been here for years and she had filled it with earth then planted up some bulbs.  This year it looked very tatty so she dug up the bulbs, putting aside the small ones for planting elsewhere, sifted the earth, then in-filled the rim with stones to strengthen it. Now I don’t know about you, but to my wife plain black tyres are not appealing in a garden, so the next job was the painting.  Two cans of yellow were needed for the top to give it a ‘weathered’ look but because of the effect she wanted it only needed one can of green. Allowing the tread to show here and there gave it a mottled look which I think works well.  All that was left was to replace the earth, plant the bulbs then top it off with compost. However, with Puddytat and the piggy wigs rooting around, she felt it needed something else. So this morning she collected small stones and scattered them over the surface. End result a smart-looking garden tyre.

Work In Progress

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This is a project that is part of  a bigger on going garden thing…   It was here that I planted a bay tree that my sister gave my wife and here is where the grubs of black beetles killed it by eating the roots.  So after killing them and cleaning the ground I went to check and re-pot an off shoot I had taken, leaving my wife standing looking at it wondering what to do.

Well she has come up with a good solution.  First she cleaned what was left of the ground then we went to a farming centre and bought stuff to protect roots from these things.  Next stop one of the gardening shops in town for bulbs Gladioli and Anemones, plus more compost.  Once home she mixed the granules into the earth to discourage the beetles, planted the bulbs, topped off with compost leaving about 2-3 inches below the rim to protect the flowers from the wind.

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Now I am sure you know this character, he is the cause of the stones on top of the compost, using the hexagon garden as a toilet was not a good idea matey.  All that’s left of the planting is for flowering cacti to be  planted in the holes and it is finished. However, that is her job as I have managed to get an infection in a cyst on my hand. So its off to the doctor’s again this week to see what he is going to do.  As I say it’s all go up here.

And other Things

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I am hoping to have a few more pictures of the wild boar next time, they have been making a ‘pond’ on the lower level so I have set a camera up down there. This time I have cut away the leaves, so there won’t be the 600 photos like last time because the honeysuckle was whipping around.

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This is the honeysuckle’s new home in the new wall garden.  We did not plant this it appeared on year in front of one of the olive trees so we left it to grow.  But because it’s in the direct line of a camera I decided to move it here, so it can clamber up into the olive tree and play.  Oh and I all most forgot,  the new bird bath is being engineered, yes I did say engineered….

(c) Michael Douglas Bosc

 

 

 

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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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At last Christmas, New year and Three Kings have passed now things can return to normal. Here on the 5th of January the Three Kings herald the end of the festivities and the christmas lights are taken down.  Although we did not go to the Three Kings we decided to take a wander round the town to see the lights before they disappeared.

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I must explain that Three Kings is celebrated here as the night the Three Wise Men took gifts to Jesus.  The square in front of the Adjuntament is cleared and a nativity set up behind a small warm bonfire – it is enclosed and tended – then three thrones are set out on the steps of the church.  When the Kings arrive the children go up and tell them what they would like for presents and if they have been good, bit like Father Christmas.  Now if they have not been good they are given a piece of coal – black honeycomb – I often think the kids would like the sweets anyway.

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Mora is a small town but although there is a squeeze in Spain the lights they put up would not have disgraced Oxford Street and they did not cost as much either.  The main street had balls of coloured lights in varying sizes strung diagonally across the road giving the impression of the universe. The street leading to the Adjuntament (town hall) was hung with sheets of white lights that sparkled and gave the impression of sheets of diamonds.  Whilst three other streets were hung with bows with the lamp-posts decked to look like diamond and ruby earrings with a blue fountain at the end. Mind you I did notice the reindeer had been hungry as some of the apple lights had been nibbled.  But telling you is not the same as showing you so here are a few pictures hope you enjoy.

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Well there they are I hope you enjoy them.

(c) Michael Douglas Bosc

 

 

 

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‘Remember, remember the 5th of November gunpowder treason and plot’….. 

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We are in London visiting my sister as normal for this time of year, and Guy Fawkes night (the plot to blow up Parliament) was last night. So she and her husband built a small bonfire as you do at the end of their garden which I will add is on the end of the allotments.  So comes the dark and we (my brother-in-law, nephew and I) troop out and light the fire leaving the girls inside getting dinner.

We were enjoying ourselves as men do chatting and watching the displays lighting up the night sky, lots of bangs woooshes with the reds, greens, and other colours of the fireworks, when dinner was called so making sure the fire was safe we duly trooped in to eat. The meal was a leisurely affair good food, wine (from Spain) and company, which saw us men head for the tv and football, whilst the women did the washing up and then went out to tend the remains of the bonfire. When they arrived there watching them was a fox, not in the least shy but as there was a fire it did not go closer. Times are definately changing wild foxes in the heart of a big city what next I wonder  – a hunt going down Chiswick High road??? (thanks for the comment Clive).

Now what we did not know was that the police had spies in the sky and had spotted, as they do, an unattended fire (in other words one heat source on the heat sensor) so whilst the girls were watching the remains of the fire three bobbies turned up and asked why the fire was not attended? eh!! My wife being my wife then asked if they had any potatoes suggesting if they had they came and put them in the fire, needless to say three bemused bobbies left grinning, and us? well guess who had to make the coffee???  lol  I hope your bonfire night went well and all enjoyed a fun evening.

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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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