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Pomegranate survival

Of all the fruit that grows wild in the valley, the ones which last the longest, surviving the birds, the rain, the winter sun and the wind, is the pomegranate. The skins dry and harden, inside the seeds are still protected. Some remain hanging on the trees, months after ceasing to be edible, others fall and shatter on the ground, easy food for tiny mammals and hungry birds. A superfruit, not that the birds and mice know or mind.


5 to remember
de todos los frutos – of all the fruit
la supervivencia – the survival
protegido/a – protected
dejar de ser – ceasing to be
un súper – a superfruit

November in the valley

The clocks have changed, night draws in, but at the beginning of the month you could be forgiven for thinking summer is still here. In the valley, October closes and November opens with temperatures around 22°C, lows of 11-12°C overnight. As the month progresses, a typical daytime temperature is 17°C falling to 8°C at night*. Nothing the log burner cannot combat, we light the fire as soon as the sun has disappeared.

The effect of these day/night temperature swings on the trees in the valley can be seen in their colours. Autumnal burnished colours from gold to copper and bronze. We are still getting eight hours of sunshine a day, 25% chance of rain, 12% chance of it being a cloudy day, 9% chance of rain**.

* predictions: accuweather.com
** predictions: holiday-weather.com

5 to remember
perdonado – forgiven
típico – typical
la temperatura – the temperature
durante el día – daytime
bruñido/a – burnished

Mackerel sunset

Mackerel skies are beautiful, formed by high altocumulus clouds. I didn’t know there’s another term for this type of sky: a ‘buttermilk sky’. mackerel sunset1 10-10-14The reason for these clouds? The disintegration of an old weather system, so little if any rain occurs during a mackerel sky. When this sky coincides with the sunset, the effect is amazing. mackerel sunset2 10-10-14It was here, the colours getting richer and deeper, changing from moment to moment… mackerel sunset3 10-10-14mackerel sunset4 10-10-14mackerel sunset5 10-10-14mackerel sunset6 10-10-14mackerel sunset7 10-10-14mackerel sunset8 10-10-14mackerel sunset9 10-10-14… and then gone, but the cloud effect remains until the night is black. mackerel sunset - gone1 10-10-14mackerel sunset - gone2 10-10-145 to remember
una caballa – a mackerel [fish]
un cielo abboregado – a mackerel sky
las nubes – the clouds
el término – the term [word]
el suero – the buttermilk

Pink and blue sky

Somehow the blue of the sky and the pink clouds at sunset time manage not to blend together into purple. pink and blue sky6 9-2-15This winter sunset is a delicate one of wispy clouds and pale pink. pink and blue sky1 9-2-15pink and blue sky2 9-2-15pink and blue sky3 9-2-15pink and blue sky4 9-2-15pink and blue sky5 9-2-155 to remember
de algún modo – somehow
armonizar – to blend together
morado/a – purple
tenue – wispy [cloud]
pálido/a – pale

Spring silver

The dried-up bones of plants are everywhere now, and as the winter sun strengthens these dead stalks and twigs take on a silvery sheen. They are quite beautiful.


5 to remember
reseco/a – dried-up
los huesos – the bones
los tallos – the stalks
completamente – quite [completely/absolutely, as opposed to fairly]
el lustre – the sheen

March in the valley

March, and the verges are full of yellow wildflowers. Mostly gorse, but all of it welcome. Some days the sky is grey, but more often than not it is a beautiful Royal Blue, reminding us that we are one step away from Spring. olive trees pruned4 15-3-13 (3)Now is the time for activity outdoors. The weeds are already growing. Dry sunny days are ideal for outside jobs such as repairing terrace tiles, painting exterior walls, and planning the contents of our terrace plant pots. Every day that we go for a walk, the valley changes. The ivy is greener. The olive trees, pruned after the harvest, are sprouting new growth.

This is what we see around us. jose antonio's valley2 15-3-13 (2)jose antonio's valley3 15-3-13 (2)thyme track2 15-3-13 (2)thyme track3 15-3-13 (2)hillside to right of track by P's casita1 26-3-13 (2)tree covered in ivy 26-3-13 (2)hillside to right of track by P's casita2 26-3-13 (2)5 to remember
los bordes – the verges
la aulaga – the gorse
grato/a – welcome [change or news]
la primavera – spring
al aire libre – outdoors

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