These buds are so beautiful, one tiny piece of evidence, the proof that winter is turning into spring. 5 to remember
diminuto/a – tiny
las pruebas – the evidence
el invierno – the winter
un capullo – a flower bud
las pruebas – the proof
It’s an odd February this year, one day it’s t-shirts and the beginnings of a suntan, the next is log fire and woolly jumpers. As usual, the valley lags behind the coast as it awakens from the winter. But the signs are there if you look closely.
5 to remember
una camiseta – a t-shirt
un bronceado – a suntan
un jumper de lana – a woolly jumper
se queda atrás – it lags behind
los señales – the signs
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At this time, we expect everything to be dead or hibernating. But a walk along The Thyme Track [above] proves and disproves that expectation. Dead leaves, dead grass. Yes…Rain, lots of it. Yes, and no… Nothing growing. No… Bleached colours, no flowers, bare twigs and branches. Not everywhere, if you look carefully… No sign of procreation… except this bird’s nest left from last year and being guarded noisily by blackbirds.
If you look for life, it is there.
5 to remember
la esperanza – the expectation
la hibernación – the hibernation
la procreación – the procreation
un nido – a bird’s nest
ruidosamente – noisily
The ancient threshing patch located in the middle of our olive grove is a benchmark of the seasons. In March [above], the grass sodden by winter is flattened… April [above] and there is lush new grass with a splash of red poppies… July [above] and the summer heat is rising and the green is now tined with golden grass… August [above] and the threshing patch is golden and parched, like the earth surrounding it. No rain since February… In October [above] the grass is now shoulder-high, sprinkled with yellow autumn wildflowers… November [above] and the leaves are golden on the trees. Pablo has burnt the grass from the threshing patch to allow it to renew for the new season. Next spring we expect an abundance of wildflowers here.
5 to remember
reseco/a – parched
de alrededor – surrounding
a la altura del hombro – shoulder-high
ha quemado – has burnt
una abundancia – an abundance
Everywhere around the countryside here, things are done the old way. It is a reminder that Spain lost decades of development during the Franco era while the rest of Europe recovered post-war. Many of these ways are because of lack of money or lack of an alternative way, others are retained because they still work and therefore do not need replacing. There is a make-do-and-mend mentality here which chimes with the modern idea of sustainability and ‘Reduce Re-use Recycle’. This footbridge is a remnant of the olden days. It crosses the river at the foot of our valley and is the only alternative if the road bridge is flooded. It is precarious and our neighbours use it only when they have absolutely no other choice. 5 to remember
la mentalidad – the mentality
la sostenibilidad – sustainability
los vecinos – the neighbours
precario/a – precarious
la elección – the choice
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