Making Progress 28 May 2010

Making Progress 28 May  2010
Making Progress 28 May  2010
Making Progress 28 May  2010
Making Progress 28 May  2010

Three hard weeks of work, putting up a ceiling, levelling the floors and laying tiles in the small portion of the house we will use. The tiles resemble the colours of the local schist, deep browns and blues, and we are pleased with the effect. With some basic furniture, low energy lighting and a curtain over the dividing doorway we now have a simple, one-bedroom house we can live in, even if the water, kitchen and sanitation are not yet in place.

Wildlife surprises continue. Another influx of honey buzzards (at one stage 50 at once), 70+white storks in a sprawling mass heading over Port Vendres, a couple of sightings of golden oriole (which are not easy to spot despite their vibrant colours). The warmer weather has brought out the geckos in some force, and a splendid lizard, I presume a sand lizard, which seemed to be over 20cm long.The cat also caught a slow worm before we could stop her.

A short defence here. Why have a cat if one is a wildlife enthusiast? The defence - firstly that the cat came with the house. Up until now she has been the resident and we are the visitors. In some ways she has adopted us. Secondly since the area is the province of eagle owls, who will take prey up to the size of a hare, and would easily dispatch a small cat, there is perhaps a better balance in that the birds catch the cats as well as the cats catching the birds.

A short break now to return to UK, and then to install the kitchen.