Wash out !!
Well what a disappointment ! This years Rute Carnival has been marred by poor weather.As with all events of this nature bad weather, particularly poor visibility and rain drains the color from it.To think this is virtually the only prolonged period of rain we have had in nine months! Never mind,we can only hope that Saturday,the day of the main procession provides a little respite from it but on a positive note the rain is providing a much needed replenishment for Lake Iznajar whose water levels have been extremely low…every cloud and all that !!
This week has been another interesting one reinforcing to us that no two days are the same here.Earlier in the week a female Podenco was found at the side of the lake having given birth to six pups.Sadly three of them died so there are three left.She was very scared and malnourished and had a diseased eye so she and her pups were brought to the vets in Rute where they operated and removed the eye.We were then contacted to see if we could give her and her pups a few days close and intensive care which were only too glad to offer.Having spoken to Iznajar locals they say that she has been running wild in the area for upwards of three years but nobody was able to catch her (Podencos are very fleet of foot),we think possibly another casualty of hunters attitudes to their dogs if they are found not fit for purpose,sadly a bit of a problem here.You do however get the feeling attitudes are changing.There is a very good dog refuge and re-homing project here staffed by many dedicated volunteers and in two weeks time we have been asked to go and give a presentation at a school in Cordoba about dog ownership and the work we do.Hopefully real change can be brought about by educating the next generation.At the moment she is sitting in her basket in our front room feeding her pups.Later today we take them to more permanent stable accommodation until homes can be found for them but they are all doing well.
Maintenance and the readying of our properties continues apace.I had a lovely moment this week when I was working alone in the campo and all you could hear was the birdsong and the sound of the motors whirring of the olive shakers from all directions over the landscape.Olive season is in full swing harvesting the yield for some of the worlds finest olive oil.At two o’clock sharp the engines stopped and all went quiet,no doubt the moment when all the workers went off for their lunch or a siesta,you could almost set your clock by it.
So it’s fingers crossed for Saturday and a break in the weather and hopefully a colorful and vibrant carnival procession,will be a shame if it doesn’t go ahead this year but the forecast is not looking too good.The rain is mostly welcomed here but it’s timing is sometimes poor but hopefully i’ll have something to tell you all about…Another busy and interesting time coming up next week so watch this space.