Yesterday we found this green lizard, Lacerta viridis, among the broad bean plants. Unlike the brown wall lizards, Podarcis muralis, which we see everywhere during spring and summer, these green ones are much more shy and we rarely see them. This one was about 30 cm long from nose to tail, so it was probably a young one as their bodies can be 35 to 40 cm, with a tail of the same length again. This species is found mainly in France and Italy.
Today there were small brown lizard scuttling all over the garden but the green one had gone or was hiding.
Some work and then a barbecue
We’ve started to prepare the beds for our tomatoes which we hope to plant out next week, and planted some lettuce seedlings our neighbour gave us. Then we had another lazy Sunday lunch, in the shade because the sun is getting quite hot now.
Trying out a recipe from Frank Camorra and Richard Cornish’s Movida Rustica: Spanish Traditions and Recipes, I marinated pieces of chicken in smoked paprika, ground cumin, oregano, garlic and olive oil, left them overnight then put them on skewers and barbecued them. Just perfect for a day like today.