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« Reply #40 on: October 25, 2008, 08:18 AM »
I had an interesting encounter on Montjuic this week:

http://iberianature.com/lucyblog/2008/10/snake-in-the-wall/

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« Reply #41 on: October 25, 2008, 22:01 PM »
To find this 20 minutes from the Ramblas is very exciting, and as I told you people are interested in it,
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Nick
http://iberianature.com/barcelona/history-of-barcelona/spanish-civil-war-tour-in-barcelona/
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« Reply #42 on: October 26, 2008, 10:24 AM »
Lucy's writing is very, very good. But she just isn't getting the traffic she deserves from Google. All good things come in time but if anyone out there has a website and could give a link to her blog that would no doubt speed up the process.
« Last Edit: October 26, 2008, 10:39 AM by nick »
Nick
http://iberianature.com/barcelona/history-of-barcelona/spanish-civil-war-tour-in-barcelona/
Spanish Civil War Tours in Barcelona
http://www.iberianature.com/
A guide to the environment, climate, wildlife, & nature of Spain
The Amazon/Forum Bookshop - lend us a hand
http://www.iberianatureforum.com/shop/index.htm
And also now The Natural History of Britain
http://iberianature.com/brita

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« Reply #43 on: October 26, 2008, 21:39 PM »
Wow!
Great encounter with the snake Lucy, I'd love to have such a close brush with a Montpellier.
Your description of the first few seconds of your sighting is so true for that special moment when you realise what's in front of you. :clapping:
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Steve
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« Reply #44 on: November 14, 2008, 13:50 PM »
Pedralbes is a posh area of Barcelona, and here's some information about some of its cuter inhabitants!

http://iberianature.com/lucyblog/2008/11/the-red-squirrels-of-pedralbes/

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« Reply #45 on: November 19, 2008, 10:17 AM »
Lovely new post about the squirrels, Lucy!

My first encoun ter with Spanish red squirrels was in Madrid's Retro park - so maybe we should commission Technopat for an image update from there :dancing:

Simon

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« Reply #46 on: November 21, 2008, 19:19 PM »
At last Lucy's continuing brilliance has spurred me to action! See my latest freezing cold blog post here :dancing:

Regs

Simon

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« Reply #47 on: November 22, 2008, 10:51 AM »
Hi Simon, I’m chilled to the bone.  I’ve just been watching the clever penguin jump into the boat on another thread, been stunned by the feet in flip flops, and have now read your account which puts on record this unusually early winter in Catalunya.  Last weekend, with the fantastic visibility, you could see the Pyrenees from Collserola, covered in more snow than at any time last year, and reading this I feel I’ve been catapulted directly into them!  It looks warm on that rock though, overlooking the sea of fog. Lovely photos.

Meanwhile, back in Autumn (only just), yesterday I found this nice group of fungi which I photographed while icy winds froze my fingers!

http://iberianature.com/lucyblog/2008/11/magpie-inkcap/

ps.thanks for your encouraging comments
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« Reply #48 on: November 22, 2008, 21:46 PM »
Wonderful to see photos of an area that's been so much in my mind recently Simon. Deep valleys, cut off for centuries.......

And I like inkcaps Lucy. That's a new one on me. Is it edible? By the way....
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« Reply #49 on: November 23, 2008, 08:38 AM »
Hi Lisa, Other inkcaps are edible, but not this one - I've found two references to it being toxic. 

I did mean the W.W. of the West - the remains of the black cap dissolving into the earth made me think of the moment when Dorothy douses her in water - she starts dissolving until there's nothing left except her black clothes on the ground.  Remember this moment as rather scary but also a great relief!

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« Reply #50 on: November 25, 2008, 08:16 AM »
Hi Lucy and Lisa,

Glad you likes the snappies - to be honest we've run away from the bitter cold and decamped here to balmy (well, hardly at 7º :speechless:) Tarragona, whilst up in the mountains as I write it's 12º below!

Frogs and snails and puppy dogs tails department: isn't it curious that the 'melting' mushrooms reminded you of the WWW, Lucy (a misunderstood and poorly appreciated literary anti-heroine in my humble o.!), whereas I'm sure my first reaction would have been to recall childhood memories of dousing slugs in the back yard with 'Saxa' cooking salt  :technodevil:

Cheers

Simon

PS I thought of you and Nick shivering up there in the big smoke when Eloi (new Car TV main weather man now that Monica Lopez has defected to TV1!) told is that it's only 7 in Barna - it's cooler here in TGN but we've got central heatng  - nah nah ni nah nah!

PPS I know Nick's flat hasn't and I'm guessing about your home Lucy

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« Reply #51 on: November 25, 2008, 11:44 AM »
Certainly no central heating where I live -  there haven't been many changes round here since the place was built over a century ago!  But on a crisp winter day, with the sun shining in, it's toasting warm - at least in the mornings . . .

I'm going to have to revisit the Wizard of Oz to see how differently the WW of the W strikes me now, compared to my 8-year-old self.
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« Reply #52 on: November 25, 2008, 11:54 AM »
Be careful going back in time Lucy! I'd hate to bump into my eight year old self :technodevil: Or is it a case of watching too much Dr Who on Canal 33 :dancing:

Simon

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« Reply #53 on: November 28, 2008, 07:57 AM »
www.picos-accommodation.co.uk
Accommodation, ski touring, snowshoeing, walking and info on the flora and fauna of the Picos de Europa.
SAVE SPANISH BEARS!
And now,
The Picos de Europa
Your complete English guide to these beautiful mountains of Northern Spain.

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« Reply #54 on: November 30, 2008, 08:28 AM »
I'm still wracking my brains over that one.  Meanwhile, here's a new post:

http://iberianature.com/lucyblog/2008/11/early-birds-on-montjuic/

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« Reply #55 on: November 30, 2008, 09:55 AM »
And how beautifully you write, Lucy.  :)

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« Reply #56 on: December 11, 2008, 09:47 AM »
Here's an update on the bird situation in Pedralbes park:

http://iberianature.com/lucyblog/2008/12/firecrest-season/

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« Reply #57 on: December 11, 2008, 21:07 PM »
As enjoyable as ever.
Thanks Lucy.  :)

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« Reply #58 on: December 12, 2008, 17:31 PM »
Thanks Glennie!  :)

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« Reply #59 on: December 12, 2008, 17:55 PM »
Hi Lucy
It really is like being there, we do get the occasional Goldcrest up on the terrace, wagtails year round by the river and the occasional Robin.
Regards
Dave