the Start of September with our son and his girlfriend moving out
to Mas de Barberans to stay in a house just down the street from
our flat. One of their friends, Loz, came out on the same flight
and has made their flat his base of operations while he either works
on our Finca or visits Barcelona, Madrid etc.
after they settled in one of our good friends Ben arranged to visit
for a week and coincidentally another friend Lisa took a weeks break
which crossed with Ben's week.
this meant that most of September was spent on the beach or visiting
tourist spots to show everyone the local area. Great fun all in
Cacador de Bolets
mushroom season is taken very seriously in Catalunya. Everyone piles
out to the hills and searches for a all sorts of mushrooms, but
the prize is the green and orange "Rovellones". Jaume
took me out hunting rovellones with one of his friends. Good hunting
areas are carefully guarded secrets and I had to promise not to
tell anyone where we had been. Although it was early in the season
and a bit dry, we managed to collect about six kilo's of rovellones
and my share meant that we all enjoyed a delicious risotto of bacon
and rovellones that night.
has been a good year for all sorts of little beasties. In the middle
of the month, I got a bit of a surprise when I found a small viper
slithering round our kitchen. It disappeared under the washing machine
for a while, but soon came out to attack the broom which we then
used to carfully brush it down the stairs and out the front door.
The Wasp spider, was one of many that we have seen on our finca
this year, although not nearly as many as the Praying Mantis. They
have been everywhere. Big ones little ones, brown ones and bright
green ones.Not sure what the caterpillar will turn into, but I am
sure it will be big.
have not seen a scorpion yet, but we know they are out there.