After PG's parents had visited us, it was time to get on working
in the olive groves. We finished pruning the tops of the trees and
then I spent a week on the tractor grass cutting and ploughing it
the first week of the month we had a wonderful "Mostra"
i.e. the new olive buds and flowers, which promised to give us a
record harvest. Unfortunately by the end of the month the cold windy
weather had totally wrecked it and practically all of it had been
destroyed and fallen from the trees. This year looks like it is
going to be a lean year for us and all the other farmers in the
The dogs love the spring. It is cool enough to enjoy having a good
run, but the sun is still warm on their backs and there are lots
of tasty young rabbits to catch. Then when the finca time is done,
house likes to have his tummy tickled while he lies on the sofa.
This cat likes to sleep in the tree next to Restaurant Mario.
The festes in Mas ended with the floats parade through the village.
This year there was a noticable political bent to a few of the floats
as they decried the austerity measures introduced by the EU and
the problems caused by the banking sector. This didn't seem to be
reflected on the floats with the kids.
The Rasquerra goat festival is always worth a visit (especially
if you like goats). this year the goats looked splendid as did all
the stalls through the town.
Someone must have chucked a dead pig out from one of the farms below
the village because we looked out the window one morning to one
of the biggest flocks of vultures we had seen so far. They must
have finished their meal, because we could see them lumbering up
onto the air before thermalling up in front of our house to get
the height needed for their flight back up into the mountains behind
It is not often that we get good sunsets as we are facing east and
the mountains behind us block out the low sun needed to light up
the clouds from below. PG managed to get this quite spectacular
picture of the coulds over the village.