D'oli - Jesus
Just before the end of February, we visited the Fira D'oli in Jesus.
Their Aoli making contest was well supported and competitors showed
some inventiveness in how to make the best aoli. Piercing the cap
of your oil bottle was a good one. You get a much more manageable
dribble of oil that way. A donkey gets to show how they used to
crush olives for oil. It would need a lot of filtering, me-thinks.
Elsewhere, there were Catalan butchers stalls and old ladies selling
good quality woven baskets & things. The Exposicio de Oli was
very interesting, especially as we are looking forward to cropping
the olives for the first time this Autumn/Winter.
Well, from the seas & forests of Madagascar, Alex returns back
home after his six month stint cataloguing flora & fauna. It
is great to see him again and hear all about his adventure. I am
sure it will change his life.
The almond blossom is very good this year. It has been a bit disappointing
the last couple of years, but more than made up for it this year
Boris & Dozer decided the hills were greener over there this
month. Shortly after the middle photo was taken they disappeared
one sunny morning. At the end of the month, Boris had a little terrier
like stray puppy called Bran to play with. She was very spirited
and would hold no quarter when it came to defending her food. Another
stray bitch has started hanging around. Semi wild, she won't let
us touch her and stays a steady 4-5ft away from us.