Just after Easter, on the 20th April, at 2.30pm, smoke started billowing from behind the hill that comes out of Yator and runs up parallel to us. Our land goes down to a stream, then the hill rises up from there and this is not the first time that there has been a fire the other side of it, no doubt it won't be the last time either. After about half an hour of smoke, we heard the fire engines coming into Yator. Another half hour, and a helicopter came and dropped off guys above the fire line, then it went off with its water bucket collecting and dropping load after load of water. We watched 20 or more trips, some from the village water deposit, but most from further down the valley in the direction of Ugijar where there are vegetable growing tents and larger water deposits.
|hovering over Yator's water deposit|
|lifting off, turning round ready to drop water|
|the fire is close to the village|
|taken from our side garden....|
The wild flowers are in full bloom - there is a lot of colour at the side of the road at the moment - poppies are the most obvious as they're so bright, but so many other flowers too.
The most spectacular of all at the moment are not wild flowers but the ice plants in the garden. They adore sunshine, they are just wonderful....
|Carpobrotus edulis and C.chilensis (yellow and dark pink)|
Tomorrow, in common with many countries, is a holiday. Fiesta del Trabajo. Labour day. Workers day. However you call it, it's a day off work. We have noticed more people passing by today, walking, cycling, and enjoying the long weekend.