Totally nuts

I’m not being rude, I’m simply letting you know what the blossom on this beautiful tree will be one day.

I took this beautiful photo last week in The Jalon Valley (also known as Vall de Pop). The valley is situated inland from the coastal towns of Denia, Javea and Teulada/Moraira, on the Costa Blanca coast of Spain.

It’s a walker’s paradise, the scenery is beautiful and the whole valley is jam packed with olive trees, orange groves and vineyards. It is also surrounded by magnificent mountains. Not only walkers are able to enjoy this beautiful place, if you drive along the road towards Alcalali your eyes too will enjoy a feast of beauty.

Field after field after field of pink or white almond blossom trees is something very special … it’s so gorgeous? You can see it too if you wish.

Watch out for the ditches

Warning though, if you decide to visit, do keep your eyes ahead and watch where you walk. Don’t look up at the breathtaking sights as you walk or you’ll end up as I did.

With my head tilted upwards to the sky of pink I stepped forward and ‘down’. Straight into a ditch that separated two fields. Mmn! I laughed (I’m a bit crazy like that) … I was mucky but not hurt. :-)

Of course I needed to overcome my ‘terrifying ordeal’. So at the end of my walk (and looking rather tramp like) I headed for Bodegas Xaló in the heart of Vall de Pop, just to look at the wines of course! I did buy a bottle though, well I have to be honest I bought two.

All these empty sample glasses are not mine! Honestly

As I stepped outside the Bodegas I was lucky as the local farmers were bringing their sacks of almond nuts to the collecting lorry. It was fascinating to watch. A large shovel-like arm was lowered from the lorry, the farmer loaded his sack onto the arm which then lifted the sack high and tilted it into the top of the lorry.

I had one question that my inadequate Spanish language couldn’t quite get to the bottom of. I’d just spent hours in the beautiful blossom fields but here I was seeing sacks of almond nuts being loaded on to the collecting lorry. The blossom just couldn’t have turned into nuts that quickly. It would take Harry Potter’s magic to do so.

I always thought nuts were harvested soon after being shaken or falling from the trees in the Autumn. Maybe these nuts are stored and then used for some other product? If you know, do tell. I’m intrigued.

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