April 2022. The Sunny Month Part 1

April arrived with sunny skies chasing away March’s rainy cloudy days. The storm clouds hang around at sea looking like fluffy cotton wool sculptures. Almost immediately the trees and plants started waking up and along with the sunny days things starting looking like things would be okay now it’s sunny. For some reason sunny days make everything seem better.

The geese in parc de la Ciutadella had more goslings! More photos below!

Fluffy clouds

The light was amazing. So crisp and so clear. The wind still hang around and there was only 1 I think storm of just out of nowhere tip it down and clear the air rainstorm. Some days the skies were cloud free.

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Weekend Friday Favourites 29.05.2022

How’s your weekend going?!

I can’t believe in a few days it’s June. Half way through the year. Time goes so slowly and so fast at the same time, yet recently it’s been flying by. Even my birthday 2 weeks ago feels like a lifetime away. Anyway. Weekend Friday Favourites, things that have made me smile or caught my eye.

Flamingos

This week I got to see wild flamingos with a trip the UNESCO Deltebre in Tarragona. Rice fields line the roads right up to the nature reserves where you can see flamingos, glossy ibis, cranes, different types of ducks to name a few. It was amazing seeing them wild just being flamingos. Peacocks have competition for being like magic carpets in flight. 

DeltEbre

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Project Light: Early-Mid January 2022

The first have of January was so sunny! That’s what I like about January. Within a week of the winter solstice you can notice the days being longer and the light changing. The promise of spring’s coming from the first week of winter! So much and so little can change within a week.

First quarter Wolf Moon
Somewhere near L’Esquirol, Vic, Catalunya

For New Year I got out the city! A little outing up to the Costa Brava for the night before heading to Monestir de Sant Pere de Casserres, an 11th century Benedictine monastery along the Riu Ter/Ter River. We didn’t go to the monastery, just the look out point, Mirador del Ter. Sadly the lookout point’s filled with rubbish from an abandoned restaurant. The path to the look out point’s a little confusing at first with overgrown pavements. Why an overgrown pavement so far away from the road along a dirt track? It all made sense at the now abandoned restaurant.

Punta de Sant Esteve, Palamos
Mirador de Ter with complete different flora to the coast a little over an hour away
Magpies

Back in the city where magpies, pigeons, ducks, wagtails, sparrows, seagulls. geese and parakeets/parrots rule the skies. Well maybe not the ducks and geese, but they rule the ponds in Parc de la Ciutadella.

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Hiking in Parc Natural Montsant

A few weeks ago I asked P for a day to myself. I wanted a few hours of doing my own thing. P was cool excited for motorbike trip. That was until I found out where he’d planned to go. Parc Natural Montsant. Catching up on blog posts, maybe indoor climbing, the beach, a few hours for me vs my inner Indiana Jones and ZhenZhen (Rim of the World) exploring rope bridges, trails, warmer temps and the sound of nature silence. Parc Natural Monsant won.

P initially planned a 4 hour hike, but as I was now coming this was reduced to a ’70min’ 5km hike The Soul of Montsant to an old hermitage in the Priorat region of the park. Continue reading “Hiking in Parc Natural Montsant”

Calella de Parafrugell and Llafranc

For my Birthday earlier this month I had no idea what to do. If I was on my own I’d have gone to the zoo usual for a Sunday. Surprise huh?! P’s here so he hired a car for the weekend. I knew I wanted to be outside somewhere along the coast, but where?!

The weather for the weekend kept changing from rain to sunny skies. From 22C to 19C. Searching for a place to go Calella de Parafrugell came up. It looked kinda cute plus it’s part of the Cami de Ronda, a former smugglers path along most of Costa Brava’s rugged coastline which we’re gradually walking parts of. Famous for its 9 coves and painted fishing huts Continue reading “Calella de Parafrugell and Llafranc”