14th March

We have unseasonably warm weather here as well today. It is 83F/28C and I have the air conditioner on! What happened to Spring? Did we jump straight into Summer??

Several of our early blooming flowers and shrubs are beginning to open - the fruit trees are at about half bloom. I shall get some photos as they completely fill out.

Sunny and very warm today - however, thundershowers are in the forecast for the next two days.
It's warm, it has to be, it's reached 19C INSIDE my fridge of a house. I am rather pleased therefore that I have kept my friend's garden alive. The watering takes ages but as you can see below it is worth the effort.

You can just see a glint of Lake Vinuela behind the hill

I've usually killed off the Poinsetia by Boxing Day!


A Rose by any other name...

I have been busy looking after a neighbour's garden. It is so pretty but takes some time with the watering alone; glad it is not pruning time! I keep meaning to take the camera with me, but so far my memory has failed me, which is a shame as it is a riot of colour.

In my natural (unkempt) garden I have my first rose of the year.

A trip to the physio (that man has magic hands) means a jaunt down the mountain. It is sad to see row after row of dead and dying trees - mainly avocado. There has been barely any rain since last winter and whilst in the rarified atmosphere of 2000 feet we get moist air and the snow melts from higher up, towards the coast they have not. This is not good news. Spain has a faltering economy and in this part of the country tourism and agriculture is how the money comes in.

I wonder how long it will be before we get water cut-offs during part of the day.

My first rose of the year

12th March - Monday

Today is a bit overcast and mild. The birds are very vocal today - can hear them everywhere in the trees this morning.

Over the weekend my husband and I attended a local wedding - Cowboy style! The bride is the daughter of a friend, and while she wore the traditional white wedding gown, she wore cowboy boots as did the entire wedding party! The men wore cowboy hats to top off the Western theme. The bride arrived in a small cart pulled by a pretty pony.
The father of the bride assisting the flower girl and his daughter from the small cart.

The cupcake wedding cake!

Table decorations consisted of candles lit inside of canning jars on a burlap table runner.

The grooms cake was a white cowboy hat of course!

Two attendants in front of the groom helping his bride into the carriage following the ceremony.
The day was perfect for them - crisp Carolina blue sky (not a cloud in sight). The ceremony took place in a clearing along the Catawba River and reception followed in a tent set up nearby. Simple yet well done - complete with a smattering of hay bales to sit on. I had expected a lot of camouflage outfits from the guests....we were instructed to come 'casually dressed', but surprisingly all I witnessed was jeans, boots, cowboy hats and the like. Bride and groom immediately changed into jeans, hats and t-shirts for the reception. I've had my fill of country music for a while now as well...oh and moonshine was abundant too. *laugh* My husband made the quip: 'They had both kinds of music playin', country AND western!' *laugh*


11th March

Just gone midnight, about to go to bed.
As normal, I'm sitting here with my ioffice window slightly open - and I'm being serenaded by a frog.
I've been outside to investigate & he's sitting on the pot where (hopefully) the flags will grow out of, all but his head submerged.
He is enormous! Definitely Kermit sized.

Not sure whether ribbet, ribbet, ribbet is quite a serenade though.....