If you go down in the woods today . . .
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¿Hola, Que tal?
´Oh my´, Little Red Riding Hood (pilgrim Grace with red hat carrying a very big bag) has been having a fine time of late. I looked for the three bears but only found the vacas (cows), ovejas (sheep) and cabras (goats). Instead of leaving a trail of crumbs, I have been following a well laid trail of yellow arrows - all shapes and sizes. Some are hidden in the undergrowth, some are on rocks or trees, some go around corners (even on fenceposts).
What fun it has been since I left Alcantara! The walk early in the morning was firstly up a rocky incline to the high plains, something like Scotland in a drought with thistles and tussock covering the gently undulating land. After 20km of this I returned to lower ground and sat in the front of a tiny Iglesia for morning tea (magdalena and water) before climbing again up a steep rock and shale hill.
I stayed a night here, met later in the day by my lovely friend Marketa (the only other female pilgrim so far). We were adopted by the lady of the bar and she cooked us dinner while we were surrounded by a few of the local old men watching football. Luckily Spain won! The Albergue was a cute little 3 bedroom house, spartan but welcoming after a day in the heat.
Early next morning I walked alone with the sunrise on some of the most lovely camino tierra of my Camino yet. It was through farms and the landscape was gentle hills, bubbling streams and fields of freshly cut hay; dotted with encina trees. At one stage I stopped to try and call NZ (no luck!) and was met by a ´new ´pilgrim, Raul from Holland. We spent the rest of the day together walking 38km. After 15km we stopped to have some bread and cheese and were joined (from out of nowhere) by the cutest black and white scruffy dog. He rolled over and all he wanted was pats. He must have realised that every day he can accost pilgrims and scam either cuddles or food! Very enterprising.
The walking was just gorgeous and the countryside very different to the rest of Extremadura. This area is well irrigated with a complex series or canals and aqueducts, first built in Roman times. There were more trees (including a birch forest) and the land was very fertile supporting corn, wheat and tobacco. The amimals were plump, shiny and content.
Another interesting difference was the emergence of enormous brick barns - some two and three storeys high. Many were quite old and had a weathered appearance. Each one had a distinct pattern of holes created by the brickwork to allow for ventilation (and to 1-up the neighbours!). Many had wonderful green painted doors with an aged patina, such a contrast against the red brick.
The previous two days have been like walking through 4 different landscapes and Little Red Riding Hood has really enjoyed life in the woods.
So go into the woods today and see what you can find.
Besos from a rested Peregrina, Grace