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A DINOSAUR OF A TREE - THE QUEENSLAND BOTTLE TREE

 

One of the most fantastical trees, for me, has to be the brachychitonrupestris, Queensland bottle tree or kurrajoong and, luckily, it's one of the trees we can grow here.

Brachychitonis from the Greek brachymeaning short and chitona tunic which refers to the hairy, and extremely irritating, coat which lines the seedcases. Rupestris means growing among rocks. Itis a genus of 31 species, 30 being native to Australia and the last endemic to Papua New Guinea. The one we probably know best is

A NIGHT OUT AT BAR FERNANS

 

We were recently invited to eat at the freshly revamped Bar Fernan in Cómpeta which enabled us to sample the Friday night Spice Menu.

Fernan, his ever smiling wife Isabel and family offer wonderful Spanish hospitality in their bar situated behind the Ayuntamiento in Cómpeta. The recently refurbished interior opens onto a large secluded terrace surrounded by a collection of potted plants. The tranquil plaza is ideal for families as it is traffic free and totally self-contained with

ASUN ROSES

A couple of months back I wrote about cistus and, with summer now approaching rapidly, I thought it would be useful to look at another member of the cistaceaefamily, the aptly named sun rose or helianthemum.
The original wild plant is helianthemumnummularium, found in the Mediterranean area, single and white flowering. But breeders have been busy and there are now some 200 species available in many colours ranging through yellow, peach, orange, pinks, red and purple – some bearing blotches

AN INTERVIEW WITH THOMAS GANT

The entrance into Competa is no longer an empty unsightly concrete building that you race to get past before arriving into this lovely village. For, it is now taking shape with the arrival of new businesses and the influx of entrepreneurs and young professionals. One of these businesses and professionals is Thomas Gant, a Spanish Lawyer.

Thomas Gant Law is situated on the right-hand side on the approach into Competa. Thomas is a qualified lawyer and currently works between a firm of Lawyers in

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