The kittens are doing great. They are twice the size they were, at least, and are now showing distinct patterned markings, lovely. They all have their eyes open and are crawling about all over the place. As the weather warms they will all be moved outside and hopefully this time they will thrive better.
The cockerel is still in the coop! He is still enjoying attacking us as we go in and so his days are definitely numbered. We have no more animals at the moment apart from the two dogs.
So the veggies are all coming along well now that the rains have stopped for a moment. We covered all the young plants with 5 litre plastic water bottles (we don't have a greenhouse here) and they have fared better than the last lot. I have also managed to find, after enormous searching, some special pepper plants native to Mallorca called Tap de Corti. Here is a link with a little info on them:
Slow Food Foundation - Tap de Corti Pebre bord.
I bought half a tray of about 50 plants and C planted them in this morning.
|51 Tap de Corti pepper plants now in|
Of course, with the wonderful green lushness around the island, everyone is battling with weeds. Many people spray them but we do it all by hand if we can! It's a mammoth task but we prefer not to use chemicals if we can help it.
The vines are in leaf now also but I need to do a little research on how to keep the fruit from being destroyed by wasps/flies and other horrid nasties, someone mentioned paper bags!! Must look into that.
The number of cyclists on the island has increased a gazzillion-fold! and the IronMan 70.3 is on the 11th May in Alcudia, so everyone is in training for that - except me!
|Pink blossoms April 2013 Sa Pobla, near the Albufera|
|THE FIG TREE IN FULL LEAF AGAIN..|
|TOO MANY WEEDS - ARRRGGHHH!|
|GRAPE VINE IN LEAF AND ALREADY PRODUCING SMALL NUBS OF GRAPES.|
|SHOCKING MAGENTA BOUGAINVILLEA|
|TWO VARIETIES OF TOMATOES FOR THE SUMMER, YUMMY.|
|CABBAGES, CAULIFLOWERS, SWISS CHARD AND AUBERGINES (OUT OF THE PIC)|
|ANYONE WANT TO SWAP HIM FOR A MORE DOCILE CHARACTER?? THE ATTACKER TRYING TO LOOK SUBMISSIVE! DON'T BE FOOLED.|
|THE ROSE BUSHES ARE IN BLOOM - WONDERFUL.|