Halloween is almost upon us and last weekend we spent a little family time making jam jar candle holders to put in the trees.
The oranges are growing well again and will be ready for Christmas and the olives are coming along nicely also. We have no turkeys this year due to space constraints but perhaps we will again one day.
Although it is nearly the end of October, the weather is unusually warm and two days ago we went to the beach to see how many tourists were still about. Quite a few actually and although the water was a bit bracing to get into, once you were in it was wonderfully refreshing. There were a few large jellyfish about so we didn't stay in very long! We are still getting temperatures of 26 - 28 or more during the day which is wonderful, but not for the farmers!
Lettuce planting has begun again in one of the next door fields, in another field there are potatoes (that are not doing so great) and artichokes. One of the farmers I know has offered us some radishes. They are Mallorquin radishes and can be about a foot long and very mild to taste, very different from the hotter more peppery variety we get in the UK.
Sadly we lost both the little kittens eventually, but a strange thing happened afterwards. We found two more grown up kittens at the next door farm and they seemed to be very hungry. They were fed at our place and they stayed for a few days, then the disappeared. I think they belong to a family along the lane here. However, 3 tiny kittens have appeared and I found them all snuggled up in my utility room the other day. They are very frightened of humans - probably a good thing. I have no idea where the mother is/was but they seem to be feeding and drinking ok. I will try to get some pictures, but they run away and hide very quickly.
We seem to have a lot of, what my son calls, Tiger Spiders. I have yet to look them up but apparently they can give a nasty nip! We've had a summer of stick insects and praying mantis also, which have fascinated many.
Here is a picture of a so-called Tiger spider. Sorry the picture is on it's side, but you get the general idea! AARRGGHHH. Very Halloweeeeeeeeny!