“Hasta el 40 de mayo no te quites el sayo” is the saying here in Spain (until the 40th of may, don’t take your coat off) – it is the equivalent of the English “Ne’er cast a clout till May be out”. I find it reassuring that the Spanish are as obsessed with the weather (and complaining about it) as are the British. This proverb has been affirmed, yet again, this week as temperatures ‘plummeted’ from sun-filled daytime temperatures in excess of 30°C, at the beginning of the month, to windswept, rainy days where the thermometers barely registered 16°C. The fleeces & socks that had been put away for the summer months were hurriedly brought back through necessity – the shorts & flip-flops cast aside. The rain, however, was much needed. Not just to dampen down the sneeze-inducing pollen from the olive trees surrounding us, but to assist the growth of the young fruit and veg.
In between downpours, I took the camera for a wander around the garden:
The loquats are now ready – let the Jam-making season commence!
Text & photos © Sue Sharpe 2014