In these bottles, sitting in our kitchen, are five litres of amazing olive oil. They come from Els Mussols, an olive smallholding (or finca), abandoned about 50 years ago, near the village of Xerta in southern Tarragona province in Catalonia, Spain. Since the middle of 2007, friends of ours have been working hard to get it back into the production of high-quality olive oil, with no herbicides or pesticides used in the process. Today the product of their labours, having passed through a network of contacts, enriches our life. Yesterday we pruned the vine in the polytunnel – will we be able to send goodness flowing to them?
As February comes to end we have weather data for a complete calendar month for the first time:
Some things are obviously not right – we have had lots of sunshine but don’t have a solar sensor. Also I think temperature maximums are boosted by direct sunshine, something I can prevent when there is time to resite the sensor. The snow stats have to be entered manually, which I have not been doing
The mean minimum has been above freezing, not bad for February at 900′ Twelve days have been completely dry.
Here is the temperature graph for the month:
and here are some daily stats:
Some things we have learned about the weather without needing numbers are:
- We seem to get more weather in a day here – showers seem to move over more quickly.
- It is often surprisingly calm for this altitude
- It has never been too uncomfortable to be doing things outside!