After yet another great (and wintry) day of ski last Friday, on Saturday i headed to the North of Madrid with my son and some friends to witness the annual sheep shearing festival of Puebla de la Sierra. I already wrote about La Fiesta del Esquileo last year so i won’t repeat myself too much..as is often the case with rural celebrations things take place in pretty much exactly the same way each year.
The only difference worth remarking on is the weather..normally by the end of May it’s usually getting warm and Summer’s just around the corner – if it hasn’t already arrived – meaning that the time is right to get sheep out of their Winter coats..but this year we’ve had the coldest May in thirty years and are still experiencing temperatures not too far from freezing in the areas where sheep are typically to be found above 1200m. Personally i wouldn’t be crazy about sleeping out for the night at the moment without a good sleeping bag..
And word has it that the cool temps are set to continue..a report from Meteo France has really set the cat among the pigeons, threatening Spain with the “coldest Summer in 200 years”..! Can we expect this very unusual year to bring us cold Summer days?
On the way home from the Sierra Norte the North-Eastern aspect of Peñalara, completely covered in snow, seemed to be answering..yes!
And indeed the very next day i transitioned from sheep shearing to steep skiing..once more..on the 2nd of June ..but that’ll make for another post!