A good deal hotter. Flies not so bad again, however, perhaps owing to rain.
A boy offered me a quail which he had just caught the other day. Much the same as those in Spain.
Many wild flowers now, including some the same, or almost the same as in England. Poppies, bacon & eggs, a sort of small marguerite not unlike the English daisy, a very tiny flower of primula or polyanthus type, some small flowers resembling dandelions, & a purple flower with petals not unlike those of a foxglove, but smaller. Also anchusa, bird’s eye. Wild marigolds are much the commonest, growing in thick clumps everywhere.
Barley is now in good ear, though still green, in many fields. Where identifiable, nearly all the crops I have seen are barley. They vary, but on the whole seem good. Cherry trees everywhere in blossom. Apples coming into leaf. Pomegranate buds getting large – these evidently put forth leaves before flowers. Lemon trees have fruit at all stages from blossom to ripe fruit on them simultaneously. These apparently continue the year round. Fig buds just appearing. Broad beans about ready to pick (green), lettuce now very good, also peas, carrots & rather small turnips. Evidently some vegetables can be grown more or less continuously here. It is noticeable that there are extremely few insect pests on the vegetables. Men cutting some tall grass resembling wheat or barley, but presumably not that, used for fodder. People also everywhere cutting & carrying home donkey-loads of the weeds which have sprung up everywhere.
The other day caught a young water-tortoise about this size or perhaps a little smaller.
Perfectly formed, but at this age the tail is relatively larger. Presumably it had not been long out of the egg, so this must be breeding season. Have not seen any adult tortoises for some time past. Yesterday saw a centipede about 3-4” long – the first I have seen here.
 Somerset name for water crowfoot (Ranunculus fluitans); Wiltshire name for toadflax (Linaria vulgaris); see Geoffrey Grigson, The Englishman’s Flora, 41, 296. Or possibly the bulbous buttercup.
 ‘Also Anchusa, bird’s eye’ is at the foot of the page which ends with ‘those of’ in preceeding sentence, Grigson gives bird’s eye as the popular name of sixteen plants. Peter Davison