Val took Maike, Sheila and me on a long hike yesterday across the Mola d´ Esclop. It was very windy again and quite cold. The area suffered a large forest fire a few years ago and while it has become green again, there was a lot of windfall from old burned tress that blocked some of the path. The landscape is very dramatic and we have up to now not hiked much in the southern part of the island, so this was great.
Ulrike, Sheila and I left before 9am this morning and went to Lluc to hike up to the Coll de Prat. The weather was nice and sunny, but above 900 m there was snow and ice. The pass is 1,200m high and there was a bitter cold wind. The views were outstanding and after a 15km hike a beer in the sun tasted very good.
Sheila came back yesterday and today we joined a German group for a hike to the necropolis at the public estate Son Real. This is not far from us, but we had never been there. For many centuries, the necropolis was the grave yard for the upper classes on the island, today there are empty graves with a view. The weather was great, and of course we went for a long lunch afterwards.
We wish all a happy and blessed new year 2019. We celebrated into it with Jenkins who are staying close by. Today we have calm and sunny weather, a teaser for the calmas de enero, which usually occur in the middle of January. Sheila took the kayak for a spin to enjoy the weather.
We returned to Mallorca today, it is sunny and warm here. Feels very good to sit on our quiet patio after all the Christmas excitement. In the background is the castle of La Fortaleza, where parts of the series the Night Manager were filmed. The film contains some beautiful shots of Pollenca Bay with the views we enjoy from our patio.