Sunday, 18 April 2010

A green lizard

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.

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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.

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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.

5 comments:

Jan said...

Lucky you with the weather! We've had rain every day since last Monday, although it is welcome.

Rowena... said...

I've yet to see green lizards in these prealpine parts, but I think maybe it's too cold for them? They are cute...would love it if they came for a visit.

sleepyduck said...

The lizard is great... but the chicken skewers look much tastier...

michelle said...

What a handsome fellow that lizard is, lucky that he sat still long enough that you could take a photo. We have a lovely blue tailed skink that lives around here, but I've never had one sit still long enough for me to snap a picture.

The chicken looks delicious!

impoftheyard said...

The green lizard looks great. It's amazing that they are so big. Food also looks great.