DAY 27 Thursday 27 September
My sister sent me a photograph of a beautiful marble female torso in the Archaeological Museum in Athens; she is headless, limbless and immobile.
It has set me off in a new direction with the ‘Madres Carmesi’, there now seems to be a link between of the watery, blue Naiad heads and the earthy, crimson Mothers torsos.
In the afternoon I walked along the River Chelva to La Luz, which is a ruined water turbine electricity generating station set in a deep ravine.
Spanish geology is dramatic and raw, you can see massive mudslides in the cliff walls and huge boulders litter the river valley floor; the landscape displays the manner of its making.
It was a steep climb out of the valley with dramatic views to the mountains and some interesting flora; I came across more Kermes Oaks, but no scale-insects were in residence. The view back to Chelva is a delight.
Lots of new plants to discover. Asparagus (bottom left) grows wild here and you can harvest it in spring. Prickly pears look delicious.
I bought supper from the local fishmonger (there are two in the town!). Baby hake - very delicious pan-fried with garden red pepper and mushrooms.