Trees and flora

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All about almonds

We smelled the fragrant blossom in March and watched the velvet pods grow and burst open to reveal their fruit; almond season has arrived. It’s a labour of love harvesting them; the husks split allowing the shell to dry, then they’re blown to the ground or plucked from the tree. For much of the year the trees … Continue reading

Pomegranate (photo)

This pomegranate looks fresh, but it’s actually a week or two old; perhaps wrenched from the tree by the wind that often grows stronger for a while in the baking afternoon. The surface is dried and hard and we collected it after it had fallen; split open to reveal its rose-coloured pearls – a fruit … Continue reading

Wisteria pods (photo)

Wisteria is a genus of the pea family (Fabaceae) so it’s no surprise that that these look like, well, peas in a pod – actually, they’re more like beans. We cut back a huge wisteria and found beautiful, velvety pods hiding among the forest of leaves – most around 25cm long. There was also a … Continue reading

Moss – San Sebastián (photo)

While in France we popped over to San Sebastián (Donostia) in Spain – a place famous for its food and history. We stayed just one night so saw a fraction of this beautiful city. We visited the castle and excellent museum and on the way up snapped this moss and the grey bay.   Related posts: … Continue reading

A Quiet Escape on the Ruta Olivos Centenarios – Órgiva (guest post)

A while back, Charlotte (and Ed) from the US wrote a fabulous post about their time in Órgiva. Charlotte offered to write another one – thank you! – and we just had to say ‘yes’. As before, it will be of particular interest to those who like walking and nature. Directions below – we hope … Continue reading

Aloe Aloe (photo)

Having grown up on marigolds, sweet peas and clematis we’ve encountered some alien-looking plants here. We’re hopeless at identifying almost any we encounter, so unsure exactly what species of genus this plant below is. Perhaps it’s an Aloe greatheadii. If anyone knows, please tell us. Whatever it is, it’s a stunner. These photos (of the same plant) … Continue reading

On the buses – an American in Paradise (guest post)

…in this instance, a Californian boy and a Sussex girl living in the Midwest, US. Months ago, Ed and Charlotte got in contact via con jamón spain. When they visited Las Apujarras it was fantastic to meet them in Órgiva. Here’s their story of the month they spent here: When you live in Car Culture, USA, public … Continue reading

A tiger sky (photo)

It’s been a great day today. A grey ceiling took hours to break into sunshine and then a tiger-stripe sky appeared on the walk home. A man told us he spots ten snakes each spring on average. One of us got stung picking up a lemon and has a palm like a strawberry wine gum. … Continue reading

The darling buds of March

Come o’er the eastern hills, and let our winds Kiss thy perfumèd garments; let us taste Thy morn and evening breath; scatter thy pearls Upon our lovesick land that mourns for thee. O deck her forth with thy fair fingers; pour Thy soft kisses on her bosom; and put Thy golden crown upon her languish’d … Continue reading

Flowers of the Mediterranean – by Polunin and Huxley (book)

Browsing in a secondhand bookshop is second only to eating a curry or seeing Tottenham Hotspur lose. We’ve found an original copy of Flowers of the Mediterranean by Oleg Polunin and Anthony Huxley. It’s not a rare book but a delightful one with over 300 colour pictures, 128 line drawings and 700 species described. It … Continue reading

Shaking, pruning and burning

Like rats and ridiculous burgers in London, you’re never far away from an olive tree In Andalucia. For several weeks, the familiar sound of tapping could be heard as workers remove olives from the trees. Some farmers use noisy, vibrating machines to dislodge them. Large black nets are placed underneath to catch the olives. We’ve heard a … Continue reading

Doing things by halves – squeezing oranges

A week after our photo of ripening oranges, here they are put to good use – or should that be good juice. A pressing engagement – lasting about 15 minutes and taking 60 oranges – resulted in two litres of a proper drink, decanted into an old Fanta bottle (a friend…er…bought it). Related posts: A … Continue reading

A month of sun days (photo)

We took a photograph of the same two oranges every day for a month. We’re lucky to have several orange trees in our garden. The oranges from each one are different. Some are sweet, others more sharp; some are juicy, others offer little; some have pips, others don’t; some are large, others small. A sunny … Continue reading

Sopa de castañas y chorizo – get your nuts out…

On our recent walk from Pampaneira to Bubión we collected fallen chestnuts and apples. Back home, we made delicious chestnut and chorizo soup, followed by apple crumble. The chestnuts were prepared by scoring a cross in each one (to stop them exploding), adding them to boiling water and simmering for 25 minutes. The softened shell and inner skin were removed … Continue reading

An autumn walk, a loom and a dog bite

The weather’s slowly turning but today was sunny. We drove up to Pampaneira, which we visited a month ago; one of the pueblos blancos of the region and a good starting point for a short walk to the next village up – Bubión. It struck us that leaves do turn brown here; that flowers disappear, rose hips appear and … Continue reading