The beach is back!
By Friday morning the sand dredge and related equipment disappeared and the El Masnou beach reappeared. There were a lot of people using it over the weekend. I checked the town council website and found that the dredging of 37,000m3 of sand was just the first phase and that on the 24th of June they start dredging another 53,000m3 of sand for a total of 90,000m3. At this point I don’t know if they will enlarge the beach or raise its level, or both.
The recently dredged sand was darker than the existing sand, but apparently with a little oxidation it will render like the pre-existing beach.
Fresh tomatos and strawberries
My two cherry tomato plants have become prolific and I will probably not buy any tomatos this week at the store. I have to pick the tomatos every two days.
And the strawberries are doing well also. I apparently have two varieties: one is shaped like the strawberries in the US and the other is smaller and with a peculiar shape that you see on the labels of European strawberry jellies or preserves. Last year I started out with one tray of four plants and now I have four trays from all the runners that rooted last season.
The USA is the top producer of strawberries worldwide followed by Spain. They are very popular here and the market is flooded with those huge, insipid things. You have to grow your own to get reasonable-sized, sweet, and flavorful berries.