One of the few things I miss about being in the UK is the way the seasons change. Admittedly, in the Peak District, the seasons seemed to change out of kilter with some other places: the winter could hang on and on – but eventually the spring would arrive. The vivid green of the new leaves on trees in spring, the (intermittent) blue skies and sunshine in summer, the autumn leaves and then the crisp, snowy winter days. They could all have their charm.
Here in the Mizala valley the changes are more subtle. There aren’t many trees – and many of them are olive trees which keep their leaves year round. It’s very dry and sunny and winter days can be as warm as UK summers.
This year has been rather different though. The storms of last December were followed by the first snow in the valley that we had ever seen. We found out later that it was the first snow here since 1939!
The sun soon returned and with it came the almond blossom and the most fabulous array of spring flowers. My photography isn’t good enough to do it justice, but olive and almond groves are now covered in a lilac carpet and tiny yellow and white flowers are everywhere you tread.
Even the cactus is getting in on the act: