2018.08.25 German Shepherd Dog

Out here in the campo (countryside) live a lot of dogs. Our neighbor has six. They bark all day. So we move at the end of the week to another house.

The best way to experience dogs is by walking through the campo. Every self-respecting farmer or house owner has at least one dog. Some dogs bark when they see you approach their compound from a distance, others wait until you’re there and then start running and barking, some just look at you with those sad eyes.

This German Shepherd Dog is the nasty one of two that guard a little farm house. Every time we pass here, and that is at least once a week, it starts barking and running along the fence until we are out of sight. The more so when the boss, the farmer is around. The other one always picks up a ball and walks to us, hoping we will play with him/her, I guess. But it never comes to that. We have to finish our daily walk in time.



2018.08.09 Social control

It took us quite some time to figure out the names of the neighbor dogs. I think we are excused since there are 6 of them. After three months I got it: one is called Sjuttup, the other one Stoppit, his mother is called Heidi and then there is Nonoo and Ej.

Well, we can laugh with it, because we know we will move on at the end of the month. Other neighbors are less amused ’till the point of discussing and fighting. So much so that yesterday the ambulance came by to take the neighbor away to check on his high blood pressure.

Oh dear.


2018.07.29 Moscas and avispas

This a hive, not a beehive, but a hive for wasps. In Spain wasps are called avispas. The wasps in the picture look different from those that visit the pool. The ‘pool wasps’ are bigger and have tails.

Bees and wasps have important functions in nature. They eat other less useful animals and inseminate flowers so plants can bear fruits. They can seriously hurt you when they sting. Some people are allergic and live constantly in fear of bees and wasps.

The interesting question is how you keep them out of the garden. In fact it’s very simple. If you don’t have plants, bushes or trees that grow flowers, you will never see them. This is probably one of the reasons many a Spanish house over here has an asphalted garden and you can recognize a British garden when it has a lot of flowery plants. Preferably the whole year through.

And there are moscas, or flies. They are also a sustained nuisance. They are usefull because they are eaten by other animals. But over here there are not enough moscas-eating animals.

To get rid of moscas is far more difficult. Where there are bigger animals, such as pets, that shit and pee indiscriminately, there are moscas. And not just a few, but a lot. So since our neighbor has five dogs and feasts twenty cats, we have a lot of flies.

Another source of flies are the pigsties over here. When the wind is right you can smell them. When you can smell them, the flies of the pigsties outnumber the ones from the neighbor. Goats, mules, horses and cows can also be found here and are favorite breeding grounds for flies.

Evolutionary speaking most insects are millions and millions of years older then we are and will probably outlive us.