Tag Archives: summer

Walking along the Thyme Track one summer morning

The track changes character with the seasons. the track3 25-8-13This morning the pink earth is dusty, concrete hard, cracked in places. horse corner 25-8-13The weeds are golden, seedheads dried and preserved in golden globes. seedhead 25-8-13Rare are the flowers, a cloud of jasmine-like white stars, a single pink mallow, a hawthorne bush with early berries.early hawthorne berries 25-8-13white flowers 25-8-13The track leads us away from our secret valley, around the corner to the right into a smaller valley. The river runs through it, quieter here without waterfalls but with a couple of narrow corners where the water rushes noisily. pink flower among the dry gold 25-8-13jose antonio's valley2 25-8-13Always along this track we disturb blackbirds, their fluting calls melting into the warning rattle shreee.jose antonio's valley1 25-8-13the track1 25-8-135 to remember
el camino – track
el carácter – character
las estaciónes – the seasons
el hormigón – concrete
rajado/a – cracked the track through the P's olive grove 25-8-13

Some days, only watermelon will do

Did you know that watermelons are 92% water? slice of watermelon 21-8-13 (2)No, neither did we. How do we know it’s ripe: we look for a creamy yellow spot from where it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun. Our watermelons are the old-fashioned type with black seeds, though you can now get seedless ones. These, however, are not completely seedless: instead of large black seeds [which, incidentally, the Spanish eat dried as a snack] they are smaller and white.
None of the above matters when you are hot and thirsty. goblet of watermelon 25-8-13It’s time for a watermelon break.
5 to remember
una sandía – a watermelon
tampoco – neither
maduro/a – ripe
anticuado/a – old-fashioned
sin semillas – seedlesswatermelon close-up 25-8-13