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Jan-2011

Casa Carrascal Diary 2012

Follow the changing scenery of our valleys and mountains –  their flora and birdlife. View the many events and fiestas staged in Parcent and take a look at our guests walking the mountains!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!

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New Years Eve – Dancing the nights away at Carrascal – our 11 guests certainly entered into the spirit (or spirits!) – slightly later than normal breakfast planned for New Years Day!

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What a start to the New Year – our Smuggler’s Cove walk was more like a Summer’s day.

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Some of our guests even caught some rays!

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It seemed to be a hit with everyone

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The following day we walked the Bernia Range – the views were spectacular climbing to heights of over 3000ft! Then through a fantastic tunnel which opens to a magnificent cavern

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Charlie (our dog) led the way!

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We took a little time to admire the views across to the bay of Altea and beyond to Alicante (95km away)

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Then we wound our way across the scree, along the side of the Bernia

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To our lunch spot at the site of a 15th Century Fort

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On again through the wonderful “Echo Valley”

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Stopping briefly for a final photo shoot!

The weather for the week was superb with plenty of sunshine and highs of 18c!  Not too many birds spotted this week – we saw a Merlin and a large flock of Choughs but we missed out on our usual sightings of Short-Toed and Golden Eagle

It’s now the 5th January – the eve of The Three Kings. A charming Fiesta where the Kings present gifts to all the children of the villages.

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If you are looking for more grandeur than charm then Valencia is the venue for you, with its magnificent processions and wonderful costumes

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Horses, as always, play a great part in the Fiestas and the thoroughbreds are always a sight to behold!

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Three days later on the 8th January we walked to Castell d’Aixa

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Where we were again blessed with great weather and wonderful light – we could clearly see Ibiza which is some 95 miles away!

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The views across to the Montgo range were stunning

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14th January and the weather is still amazing with highs of 23 degrees and we have spotted

the first of the Almond Blossom that will eventually swamp the valley by late Jan / early Feb

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Its always a pleasure to see Parcent bathed in sunshine, being overlooked by the Caballo Verde

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And the view down the valley to the sea.

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On the way back we noticed the Friars Cowl – Spring has sprung and it won’t be long before the orchids and jonquils will be making an appearance

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and the valley is still full of rippening oranges, clementines and mandarins

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Today is Sunday 16th and it’s another clear, warm day so we set off from Benemelli to walk the Segaria range hoping to spot a pair of Golden eagles that nest thereP1000874.JPG

We spot the pair, a mature male and an almost mature female – we can see them clearly through our binoculars but we are unable to pick up the tell tale “fingers” on the camera

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This shot shows how wonderful they are close-up!

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It’s Monday 17th – still wam and cloudless skies, but misty on the hills.  The blossom looks magnificent.

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Later in the afternoon we take our dogs through the groves and on to the lower levels of the Carrascal range.

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Bailey is not up to our mountain walks these days, but still loves to walk on the flat for about 45 mins a day – not bad considering she will be 18 in March!!!

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Charlie on the other hand would do all our walks 3 or 4 times a day!
He has boundless energy and loves to be out on the mountains

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Today it’s been a bit overcast and a little cooler – although the dogs and our cat (Rossi) seem quite happy in front of our fire.

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It’s January 21st today and it’s gone pretty cold – down to 10c, but the sky is still clear and blue. In Northern Spain it’s minus 10c
and in Mallorca it’s snowing so we are happy with our lot!

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We have been out with the dogs on one of the many tracks near by and the wild flowers have started to make an appearance

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Already we have quite a variety

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With lots of different forms and colours

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And a real treat – our first Jonquil – to look at the picture you might think it’s an ordinary daffodil

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But as you can see from this shot – it’s tiny!

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