Unfortunately our trip is over.
We were able to do all the work. Tomorrow we go home to the beautiful Lake Thun! And in five weeks the Succhioni will be cut.
Today I have observed several ants that have hardly moved. Here one got lost on a blank sheet. The lower ant repeatedly tried to address the upper one with its antennae. I have the impression that they have too little food. Many lice have been eaten by beneficial organisms and were unable to reproduce sufficiently. Probably because of the high temperatures.
I had surprised a cicada orni crawling in the grass. As she can not fly out of the grass, she throws herself on her back and lingers for a few minutes until the danger is over. Here you can see the sting for the oviposition, so it is a female. There are an incredible number of species of this insect order, estimated at 200,000. They have conquered the whole world, there are hardly any ecological niches that are not populated by beak-pickles.
I had worked on the drywall every morning for about 2 hours and then did other, not so sweaty jobs. In the afternoon, I was too hot to do anything anyway. I preferred to go swimming in the evening.
In order to skin, the larvae climb up grass blades or trunks and shed their skin there for the last time to the Imago. You can see here well the muscular front legs of the previously living in the ground insects.
Today Angi accompanied me and cut polloni (root shoots). Succhioni (shoots) I cut only at the end of August when the tree is no longer floating. But to distribute the work, Polloni can be cut in the summer.
In the picture you can also see how I mow the meadow in the summer. Again, the paths on which you have to move and under the trees a slightly larger tree than in the spring. It remains so but still half of the meadow. In this process, it is important to take out the neophytes otherwise they also become mired.
Last year, the drywall collapsed on the border with Antonio. I had decided to build the drywall again stable.
This means that the wall must be about 1/5 of the height thick, the bottom and top row should contain about two thirds of the length big stones and all 3 layers should be placed some anchor stones to connect the wall with the backfill of gravel. Mostly I lay the long side of the stones across, in contrast to a mortar wall. The stones must be wedged so that they do not wobble and clash. I gradually fill the gravel and wed the stones by hand. At the top, a layer of earth comes on it, to allow soon again a rooting.
Today I set the first third of the wall.
The cicada orni is often difficult to spot on the trees. It’s best to follow them in flight and see where they sit down. https://youtu.be/6KwSUMbRGzE
On the Campo, the butterflies find a rich variety of different clover varieties. The alfalfa is especially common in the back of the Campos and is often accepted by the commen blue.
Today we go out for dinner together, but before that Apero gives Valentino and Guido the cousins of Angi and Leo, in their Bar Baret next door. It makes you feel welcome! https://www.facebook.com/Barchet-Brenzone-503401810434541/
From left to right: Remo, Angi, Valentino, Guido, Karin, Leo