May 19th 2015.
It was the last day of my holiday and we decided to do a short walk from Bunyola. We set off from close to the church in Bunyola and walked up the stairs of Carrer de la Luna.
A right and then a left turn took us to another stairway street, the Carrero de la Communa. This changed into a dirt track signposted ‘Sa Communa/ Cami des Grau.
For the next hour we climbed steadily though the woods with signs of the relics of the old rural industries.
The sitjes are the former hearths used in charcoal burning.
We passed this large, partially restored lime kiln.
The Aljub was a cistern used to collect water.
We joined the main track to Cas Garriguer but shortly turned left through a gate to continue climbing towards Penyal d’Honor.
We finally reached the summit at 809m but did not stay there very long. There had been a complete change in the weather. Gone was the sunshine and the day was overcast. It was also windy and cold, the temperature had dropped by 20 degrees, from 38 down to 18.
We descended and crossed the main track to head down to the Area Recreativa at Cas Garriguer. Today it was deserted but at weekends it is packed with local families enjoying their picnic.
We returned by the Cami des Grau to re-join our outward track. We spotted a couple of huts, one under reconstruction. I thought they would make a nice summer residence.
On the way down we passed a pine tree with an unusual growth.
The tree was infected by Candidatus Phytoplasma pini. It is said to make broomsticks for the witches.
It is neither a virus or a bacteria but has characteristics of both. The plasmid causes a dwarfing of growth, shortening the branches which then grow crowded together. Those on the inside die due to lack of light but cannot fall due to the dense maze of twigs and add to the weight of the infected branch. The pine needles are shorter as are the pine cones. However the seeds are perfectly viable.
Once back in Bunyola we could enjoy a pint in the square before heading back to Puerto Soller.
That evening it began to rain, the first they had seen since March. Time to go home.
No sunset tonight. I just had to remember one from last year.