This morning we went up into the hills to Mas Rolland to collect a trailer-load of manure – the first of several we hope. Last year we did this and it made a huge difference to the soil, and its ability to retain moisture especially.
It was cold and grey. The hillsides looked dry and wintry, with just the evergreen plants and trees, like these holm oaks in the foreground above, contrasting with the rocks. The milking goats are still indoors in their winter quarters but this billy with amazing horns was outside watching us.
We picked our last cauliflower and dug up a couple of leeks. Our neighbour gave us some beetroot and some celery stalks. I put the celery into the dish I made when we got home, with haricot beans, pancetta, carrots and onions, which we ate with toast and tapenade and a glass of red wine. A very warming lunch!