Winter sunshine bathes the Kalanchoe as evening draws in. It is late December and this newly acquired succulent has benefited from the gentle rains that have fallen on the parched Empordà earth. Here the emergency water controls are to remain in force for another 18 months so a little water has to go a long way. The castaway Kalanchoe has rooted and established itself sufficiently well to share late blooms with the gardeners. As Mediterranean winters tend to be dry and cool the succulent should survive its first test.
Frosty nights are upon us now -3c is often experienced whilst Mediterranean days still provide the occasionally warming and very welcome 19c.
More often than not in these early winter days, the air is cool, damp and perfumed by wood smoke curling from the chimneys of the village houses. Pine cones and fallen branches are collected daily from the woodland floor by neighbours anxious to keep their home fires burning.
The mountain tops are now snow covered and the ski stations are open to winter sport enthusiasts. The occasional flurry of snow flakes is blown across the plains towards the pueblo but seldom makes an impression on the land.