May is coming to an end and now is the time of transition from spring into summer. The countryside is still full of colour but the grasses are turning brown and the wild flowers will soon be past their glorious best. Nevertheless, the poppies still bloom in great swathes of red, as the photo taken early on Saturday morning shows.
The temperature has risen considerably and it is now very hot in the middle of the day. Last week we bought a pergola for the terrace to give us more shade as one large umbrella was insufficient. Even the chickens seek the shelter of the olive trees to escape the midday sun.
Caper bushes, with their attractive blooms which are not unlike passion flowers, flourish in abundance here. Salsify plants produce giant cuckoo clocks, while immense umbellifers display florets of brilliant yellow.
Our poplar trees are inhabited by countless nesting birds and the dawn begins with the singing of nightingales, quickly followed by the melodious whistling of golden orioles. I enjoy watching the goldfinches feeding their fledglings on the lower branches of the great tree in front of our terrace. Swallows swoop continuously over the river while from the treetops, a magnificent marsh harrier watches silently.
Next weekend is the Feria Chica de Loja. We are going to the Flamenco show in the football stadium on Friday night.