Sunday, 13 February 2011

A fabulous day in the campo

As I write this post this evening, the rain is coming down but for the most part today has been quite warm, sometimes overcast but also occasional sunny spells.
A perfect day therefore for contributing in a very small way to the efforts of our lovely friends in cutting and burning the branches of the olive trees in their campo.

We were the first to arrive so we wandered along the track and noticed these nests in the pine trees, home to the processionary caterpillars, lines of which may cross your path in the early months of the year.

Our friends soon arrived and we set to work stacking and burning the olive branches. Burning old branches is necessary to control and stop the spread of any diseases that may affect the trees.
A break for a photo and below Chico, our friends dog with Calcetines.

The views around.

I can assure you that I feel as tired as I look but it feels great to be doing some productive work.

We can't believe how lucky we are on days like this.
Working with our friends in the fresh air, sitting around a roaring fire, eating delicious home made tortilla and freshly fried steak on bread.
It just doesn't get any better than this.
Oh, and I nearly forgot, Calcetines caught her first live rabbit (on a previous occasion finding an already dead one), proudly bringing it to us, minus one eye. Antonio expertly skinned and gutted it and it's now in our freezer awaiting a suitable recipe.

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