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
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 skies are beautiful, formed by high altocumulus clouds. I didn’t know there’s another term for this type of sky: a ‘buttermilk sky’. The 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. It was here, the colours getting richer and deeper, changing from moment to moment… … and then gone, but the cloud effect remains until the night is black. 5 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