VIVA LAS AQUARIANS.
I know you've seen this hardenbergia before but now she's in her full glory, I can't get enough of her. There's a vicious Levante wind blowing - has been for the last 3 days - and she stands up well to this.
We found ourselves wandering round the back streets of Chiclana this week, looking for the second Interflora florist in town and a missing boucquet from Cornwall for our anniversary. There were a few fast-food kiosks around, fancy-dress clothes and paraphernalia in shops, including this beautiful child's flamenco dress......it was Carnival week, with floats, music and dancing. If you want to enjoy these events and most others in Spain, be prepared to go out at 10 p.m. until the small hours.
Not far away we found this Ceramics shop, closed for the winter. Very unusual to find brightly-painted buildings around. In some hilltop villages - the pueblos blancos further in the country - all houses are painted white and there's a law that they have to be done every year. There are loads of renovations going on in our small town.
And now we come to the goal of our search, the floristeria that had the anniversary boucquet and didn't know what to do with it as no correct address or phone number on the order. Deep red roses, antirhinnums and orchids....beautiful to look at, no smell. What a shame.
We've both had birthdays so have been celebrating trying the local restaurants. Very little real gardening work done this week, although there's a mountain to do.
Hasta la proxima