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« on: September 12, 2010, 11:57 AM »
Greetings All,
Well, summer hols finally over, so it’s back on our ‘eads and noses to the grindstone (Sp. anyone?).
Culminating in a long week spent getting roasted (toasted?) on the virgin beaches of the Costa de Luz, followed by two evenings chilling out and enjoying Lizzie’s delicious veggie food at Sue ‘n’ Sam’s haven, complete with bubbling brook, in Grazalema where we popped in on our way back to Madrid. On a day visit to Clive’s excellent Grazalema Information Centre  we were able to marvel at
Parthenope’s spectacular snapshots of dragonflies and other bugs (are scorpions bugs?) of all colours, shapes and sizes he came across in the Sierra de Grazalema.
Am still trying to figure out how he gets those pics, though I suspect that mirrors and Super Goo Three play a large part in it.

The Information Centre itself is a great project, and under Clive’s enthusiastic management, ably assisted by Nuria and Lourdes, and knowing some of his plans for the future, it is clear that it will benefit not only Grazalema village, but also the whole region.

For those of you following Technopat’s progression as a nature observer, you’ll be pleased to know that he managed to correctly ID a bee-eater abejaruco europeo or abejaruco común (Merops apiaster) http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Merops_apiaster. The poor creature was actually at death’s door and Sue later discovered that it had a wound on its back that was old enough to have dried-up blood but which must have been fatal.
The only other bicho of note was a wasp spider araña avispa, araña tigre or araña cestera
http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Argiope_bruennichi (Argiope bruennichi) that Sue spotted, its attendant male waiting patiently by to gobbled up in the throes of passion.

As part of his ongoing education, yours truly was intrigued to discover that lemon and orange trees (Sue ‘n’ Sam ‘n’ Clive’s place is called Los Naranjos) have huge nasty spikes on ‘em, so those of you thinking of scrumping citrics, beware.

Likewise, streetwise Technopat has just discovered that walnuts come with peel around the shell. Still has a long way to go before he gets as countryside-savvy as 15-month-old Sam.

On the downside, Clive managed to persuade me to sit up until the early hours on two consecutive nights downing humungous amounts of plonk on the promise of seeing satellites fly (?) past. Not a sausage. But did manage to spot a shooting star.

Many thanks for the hospitality and the tea. And don’t let ‘em tame Sam up at the village school…

Got-to-rush regs.,
Tp
Technopat's disclaimer: If this posting seems over the top and/or gets your goat (Sp. anyone?), please accept my apologies and don't take it personally - it's just my instinctive tendency to put my foot in it whenever/wherever possible. See also:
http://www.iberianatureforum.com/index.php/topic,266

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« Reply #1 on: September 12, 2010, 13:17 PM »
Welcome back TP!
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« Reply #2 on: September 12, 2010, 14:14 PM »
And good to hear Clive's operation is running smoothly!
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« Reply #3 on: September 13, 2010, 09:14 AM »
Yes, congratulations Clive!

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« Reply #4 on: September 13, 2010, 21:08 PM »
I am going to write an update about the centre and everything
I promise..
It's just that time is slippery at the moment..

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