A short walk into our Finca Navasola in June.

The entrance to Finca Navasola.
The entrance to Finca Navasola.

imageHere are some views along the path from the front gate through Navasola East to the house. It is now looking more like a house and although a lot of work is still to be done on the inside I think I can start clearing some of the building rubbish. We are still waiting to install the solar and then to sort out the wood burning stove and hot water for the cold winters.  The trucks have to deliver along this path so we are hoping this will be successful this week.

At present quite pleasant and in the mid 20s for June.  There is pleasant shade from the chestnuts in full leaf and bloom, the olives, madrono ( arbutus unedo) and different oaks.

The house at Navasola: June 2014
The house at Navasola: June 2014

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View walking down the hill from the gate. Chestnuts and pines on other side of the valley.
View walking down the hill from the gate. Chestnuts and pines on other side of the valley.

When we first saw the Finca over 10 years ago I fell in love with this first path through the woods . We did not really fall in love with the old house and it is still our main struggle but the landscape of the Finca was quite interesting and varied so that is why we bought the place!

We  love the subtle differences and the different types of flora over such a small acreage. The flower shown was the only one seen of its kind on the main path. It has withstood being brushed by builder’s trucks over the last week. It is a type of thistle / knapweed.F rom the Guide to Wild flowers of the Mediterranean I think  it is Mantisalca salmantica, once labeled as a centaurea. In English part of the knap weed family. Navasola  has a tremendous range of biodiversity for a small acreage.

PostScript . Solar panels have been delivered to the gate and we had to carry each one ourselves to the house!   Will post more on that later. And butterflies galore, I particular large cardinals.

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4 thoughts on “A short walk into our Finca Navasola in June.”

  1. Hi,
    It looks peaceful and interesting. I like the picture of the gate. I think I must have read a children story or two where there was a garden with a gate in the story. It makes me think of mystery and magical adventures 🙂 Good luck with the house!

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  2. Now I understand. There are two genera with similar names. Centaurea is the one that includes knapweed (and in Texas the basket-flower). The other species is Centaurium, and some of the plants in it have been called centaury. Centaurea and Centaurium are in different botanical families.

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    1. Yes it took me a little bit of studying the wild flower identification book to get this and I guess the closeness of the names is confusing!

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