In late January the almond blossom comes into flower. For us, this is one of the first signs of Spring. We took these photos today in the morning sunshine. In the photo above the heat of the sun is evaporating the overnight due. We have several different varieties of almonds on our land. The nuts vary in shape and size and so does the flavour, from bitter to sweet. The colours of flowers vary, too. Some are a dazzling white while others are the deepest shade of pink. Another sure sign of Spring is the sound of birdsong from our row of poplars this morning.
Last week we had a visit from some friends from Scotland who have a holiday home near our last house in Los Guajares. They were delighted to escape to some sunshine. We had lunch on the terrace of a restaurant overlooking Loja and after being snowed in for seven weeks they could hardly believe that they were sitting out in the sunshine in a temperature of over 20C.
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