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
– the survival
dejar de ser
– ceasing to be
– 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
Dried golden soil awaits winter crops. October 12, 2013
Blue sky, before sunset. October 14, 2013
Blackened weed, in winter, against blue sky. March 10, 2014
Purple thistle flower. July 1, 2014
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
– the bones
– the stalks
– quite [completely/absolutely, as opposed to fairly]
– the sheen
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. 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. 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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Yellow & white wildflowers, silvered tree trunks & a pink sunset in #Spain https://wp.me/p3dYp6-1gt via @Spanish_Valley