pool wall & path
Earlier this year, there was a small landslip on the hill behind
the swimming pool after some heavy rain. In response, a huge amount
of earth was dug away and then this new pair of retaining walls
were built. Hopefully they will stop any problems in the future.
the village swimming pool has been opened for the summer, we are
getting used to the climb up the path that leads to the village,
ending on the road at the left side of our house. It starts on the
right of the car park and runs up right side of the middle picture
before disappearing into the dark tunnel. When you climb the steps
under the trees, you can see our hous. This bit of the path gives
you a chance to get your breath back before the near vertical section
that leads up past our house.
Well it has been six years in the waiting, but eventually, my wild
boars did show themselves. We have looked fro the everywhere and
never seen any. other friends spot them while the are driving into
Tortosa, but us, nada.
I was working on the sprouting growth under trees on the hill and
had my ear defenders on when out the corner of my eye I caught sight
of what I first thought where strange dogs. As soon as I turned
to look, I realised that there was a mother boar and four piglets
standing checking me out. Our dogs arrived and the boar ran off
through the long grass almost before I could get my phone out my
pocket. Before they left, mother boar turned and made very it clear
to our dogs that her piglets where off the menu then they all set
off across the finca and up the barranc towards the mountains behind
The terrace is just the best place to chill out, especially now
we have got some plants coming on. Chillis and Lemon Grass do well
here. Basil, Parsley and Mint are just kitchen essentials and the
Geraniums and Hibiscus give it some colour.
you sitting comfortably. In the middle picture, you can see that
PG has got her Ercol lounging chair out, which is where she posts
all those forum messages from while she enjoys the view. :)
Tortosa has a yearly summer festival celebrating medieval times.
Most of the action takes place after dark and it is swelteringly
hot and humid so we don't normally go but, because we were shopping
for our favourite coffee beans (Killamanjaro), we thought we would
look around the stalls in Tortosa's old quarter as our friend Lynn
had her stall "Siempre
Soap" and was selling her beautifull hand made artisanal
PG has been looking after our hibiscus on our terrace and took these
pictures. We are pleased to see it like this, because House had
chewed it badly in the early spring after I had given it a prune.
Surrounded by his toys.