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Well the past few weeks have been quite entertaining one way and another.   To start with there was Sam who’s job it was to stalk my wife while she was in the garden. Then came Boris Blackbird, a selection of blue and great tits, the black caps, Bobbin Robin, Inspector Thrush and the rest of the gang.  So I have decided to introduce them to you and the ones I have no pictures of are being stalked……

 

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I will start with the newest member Sam.  Sam is a Black Redstart identified by my friend @KierstienRowlands who has unwittingly given my wife and Sam hours of fun with the RSPB birds finder.  She sits in the FF Zone playing the bird calls and when she puts the black redstart on there Sam goes potty thinks he’s got competition.

 

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Next we have “The Gang”  Bobbin, Boris, Dangerous Dan, Elsie and the rest.  I have decided to start keeping an account of the characters up here, they are both entertaining and fascinating.  You never know what you will find when you step out of the door in the mornings or see during the day and evening.   They all congregate around the water bar and still shout and holler when the tank needs filling.  Although if my wife got hold of a few they would have smacked bottoms  digging in her garden is a real no no lol.   Mind you they just stand and look at her so I really don’t think they need worry, however Hunny Bunny might just have a problem.  Wife planted a new rose-bush  two days later one side of the bush had been dug away.  The roots were fine who had done it?  Early next morning we saw the culprit a small rabbit nestled in the dip, needless to say the dips filled in and the bunny sits under one of the water cubes.

This is one of the reasons we love this farm, snakes and all, oh when I was up the top terrace I saw one sunbathing, and no wife was in doors wrapped up she has the flu.  I have been trying to get a tree next to the house to ‘fall down’.  We are not allowed to cut them down but if they fall down ie., still attached to the roots that’s ok, even when making a fire break. So I have cleared the slope of scrub exposed the roots in places and the wind has been howling and blowing a hooley up here – the tree?  still standing!  Mind you if it falls sods law says it will fall across the washing line………..

The bulbs are out in the garden and after the cold its nice to see some colour.  Anemones, crocus, hyacinths, violas, violets, with the tulips, freesias, and dwarf iris out it’s quite a show. the only problem I have just now is that when I am working on the olive trees I come across piggy/goat prints in the ground (not always sure which is which).  But I don’t know where to place the camera on the tree I am currently clearing or the next one along little devils are camera-shy so I have to be crafty.

©  Michael Douglas Bosc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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This is the rock rose that my wife saved years ago. She was so fascinated by the bush and the fact that its flowers are almost like paper, that instead of disposing of the plant when we were clearing the area for our house she planted it out of the way at the edge of the BBQ area. And here it has stayed and grown flowering every year.  At the time we did not know what it was then one Christmas my sister gave my wife a book of Mediterranean plants. In there are lots of bulbs and plants that in the UK cost a fortune in the garden centres but here are simply growing wild so the book has now become one of her ´garden bibles´.

She was so happy yesterday morning, her gum was getting better –  lots of toofy pecks –  plus we had been sitting in the FF zone, chatting away whilst on the computers not a care in the world.  So I suggested we went to town me to play petanca and she could go to the wi-fi café, it would be a break so off we went.

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After petanca we had a beer at Ramon’s watched the world go by did some shopping then came home. Now normally what happens is I park the car hand my wife the door keys so she can get in whilst I bring in the shopping. However, when we arrived home for some reason unlike normal I took the house keys and with one bag in hand went to open the door whilst my wife followed with rest of the shopping.  I headed for the FF zone when “Mike STOP”!!!! came the shout ‘SNAKE’!!!!!  I stopped looked around but could not see it then I looked in the FF Zone and there was Sid  slithering towards the front door step.  There was no way he could get into the house as there is a screen door to prevent that, but still not a good move on his part. Anyway I put down the bag fetched the bamboo pole and went to “say hello”, but Sid decided he would rather be off and in doing so kindly showed me where he had managed to get in.  Needless to say that is no longer and option for him.  So sometime over the weekend we are off shopping for various bits and pieces to make VERY certain he can’t get in again.

As I said to my wife – who for some reason did not seem to appreciate it – look at it from his point of view, in here he is safe from the eagles and others who consider him food, plus the concrete is warm and a nice place to sunbathe.  I have noticed that the bamboo pole is now inside the front door……..

I also reminded her that he has provided her with poetry material.  Her reply? ‘well let him bite you then”.  So what started as a happy content day saw my wife checking the FF zone every now and then and a little apprehensive.  But this morning she was fighting fit again and back gardening.

 

© Michael Douglas Bosc

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Today finds us sitting the FF Zone (fly free zone) enjoying the sun which is around 20° today. My wife has been suffering with her tooth and yesterday the last bit of root came out so her gum is quite sore.  So I decided it would be a jim-jam day and apart from sitting here in the sun she gets cool coffee and toofy pecks to make things better.

I’m enjoying sitting outside working, we both have our machines on the table and there are plenty of distractions. Boris and the others have been singing and diving around along with another newcomer to the fold.  We don’t know what this one is but its small about Robin size with a beak which I would say is for winkling out grubs, however when it opens its wings its back is yellow.  But it fits in nicely here as it spends most of its time shouting the odds or bathing in the water bar.  The Wall Walker is back and busy with his new nest either that or the eggs have hatched and its feeding time.  We missed so much at the beginning of this year, but are steadily catching up.

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It’s like the poppies.  We always imagined them being English, but they bloom everywhere here, the hillsides and our part of the forest are full of them.  My wife has counted around 5 different types in both red and white, taken the heads to sow more seeds in autumn, only to find the mice have been munching, I opium they enjoyed them.

© Michael Douglas Bosc

 

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My garden in the forest is so different from my garden in England. For a start England has a fairly – not including the past year – steady rain fall and sunny days. Where as here we have heat and very little rain so everything I grow has to be drought tolerant.  I will explain a few things so you can understand what I am talking about. This is the track that runs from the river Ebro through the forest across our land and on up to the ridge. As you can see it is dry and dusty nothing like the forests in the UK which are green and cool. Our olive farm is off to either side of part of it surrounded by forest where in summer the ground dries to rock hard and is very very stony. But in the winter from October to May our growing season means we get the rains and the ground is workable. However we do not grow much of our own veg because of the water situation, but we have set up a system which allows me to grow butternuts and tomatoes.   So I have found that bulbs, roses and lavender along with a few others grow here quite well.

 

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We do not have agricol water here as we are too far from a) the river and b) the pumping station so we keep the garden water in cubes and go to the river to fill them up.  These pictures are not recent as I have been gradually changing the garden they have now been moved to the next level which makes both filling and watering the garden a lot easier.

However what can be found here is worth every hour spent weeding and a walk along the track will produce plants and flowers you can only wonder how they get there.   There are actually wild Iris here which grow without a lot of water, then very small Daffodils which have every type of trumpet you can get the large ones in. Add to these wild Grape Hyacinths which grow in the most stupid places such as paths, Honeysuckle and Jasmine, and these are only the start.  To give you an idea of what I mean will post pictures of the wild flowers as well as my garden ones,  and will start with these oddities.

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The first time I saw them I thought I was looking at small fir cones and went to pick them up only to find they were firmly attached to the ground and plants.  They produce feather like seeds from their tops eventually opening up to release them like dandelions.  I am not sure what they are called so if anyone knows I would be grateful.

 

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This is a plant I call the ‘Carrot Plant’ on account of its leaves being like the tops of carrots, and like most of the unusual plants it is everywhere.  There are more like these which makes the forest very interesting.

 

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