Last Friday afternoon I went for a ride with a friend, Xavi. He took me to see the very old farmhouse he bought some time ago. It's up in the mountains, about 40 kms. or an hour's ride from where I live, half of it a dirt road strewed with stones and crossed by furrows. You need to drive slowly, which you would do anyway, so you can enjoy the surrounding nature.
Autumns are mild in Spain, so there were barely any reds and yellows around. But the few we saw were so beautiful! Xavi has been working hard weeding and scrubbing his 23 hectares of land. This is the view from the front of the house.
And this is the house. Lots of work to be done here too but I think you can already tell that it will be lovely when it's finished. Up to the moment Xavi has been working more on his vegetable garden than on the building itself, he will probably start on that next spring.
Stones everywhere, a stone cutter's paradise. A very Mediterranean countryside, it reminds me of Greece.
This is the view from the north side of the house. The effects of a very dry summer are obvious, even at 1,000 mts altitude (about 3,000 feet). The vegetable garden has suffered too, since Xavi can only drive up there once a week. But we brought back home some delicious tomatoes, green cabbages and Swiss chards.
The first red leaves of autumn, subtle splashes of colour in the landscape. It was a very warm afternoon till the shadows started creeping up. Then suddenly I needed a sweater and a coat!
I am a bit ashamed to admit that I don't know what those berries are. I'm not even sure they are berries but I do know they look gorgeous against the blue sky. They made me think of Christmas.
Some of Xavi's corncobs. He was so happy to see that his vegetable garden had not gone completely to waste!
Just as we were leaving I saw this beauty standing out against the bluish evening shadows. It was a lovely trip to wildland and I can still remember the peace and calm I felt up there.
P.S. I now have six pieces of watercolour paper stained with rust, I'll blog about them soon :))