The last several days I’ve been at L’Ampolla right next door to the delta of the river Ebre. The delta is used both as a wetland nature reserve and for rice farming. They’ve got a huge irrigation system and the area produces a lot of risotto and paella!!
I’d chosen one of the pitches where you get 10amp electricity as opposed to 5amp and all us posh people (90% Dutch – is the Netherlands empty?) are camped round the edge of a clearing. There was a spectacular sight the morning after I arrived when a flock of 30 – 40 house martins produced an aerobatic display in the clearing that the Red Arrows would have been jealous of. Flying at between 15 – 20 feet they were breakfasting on small insects, totally ignoring the large (and I mean large, wingspan at least 4 inches) dragonflies breakfasting about 5 feet below them. I watched transfixed as the feeding frenzy went on for a good half hour; Daisy was just happy I was sitting in my new “moon” chair with room for her to curl up next to me!
Apart from the shocking amount of rubbish on the beach and dunes of the reserve, appalling in what is supposed to be a wildlife haven, the town is clean and pleasant and Daise and I have enjoyed some lovely walks here. But I’ve had enough of me being a feeding frenzy for breakfast, lunch and dinner for the very aggressive mozzies so we’re off to the hills on Tuesday – tomorrow is a Spanish bank holiday, (the number of Spanish families onsite over the weekend has almost outnumbered the Dutch!) and the traffic will be as bad as at home I’m reliably informed. The same source has informed me also that once I get down to the Costa Blanca there will be no more mozzies …
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