Here in Argentina surprisingly for some we do have a winter. There are a few months in the middle of the year when its gets pretty cold and we light the fires and seek out our old sweaters and thermals.
Don’t get me wrong I love a cold winters day walk in the pampas on the estancia I really do. But like many people I look forward to the spring arriving and arrive it does without fail. It always the same thank goodness. It seems to always arrive suddenly. One day we can be huddled around the fire with warm sweaters on and the next day the flowers are out, the horses are shedding that winter look and grass grows quicker.
The sun has more heat in it and the sky is that much bluer. It’s at this moment we start to think about getting the pool ready for the warm days ahead. Gingerly we take the cover of and see what has to be done. It’s usually a quick paint job that’s needed and that’s it. We fill it up with water and hey presto its ready for jumping into. I have to confess in the first few days that’s only for the brave. The water for the pool comes from underground springs and is very cold when it goes into the pool. It takes a little while for the heat of the sun to warm it up. But that doesn’t stop some guests from wanting to jump into its inviting coolness for a very refreshing swim and they are welcome to do so. As the spring advances a few days the grass starts getting cut and we are left with that lovely smell of fresh cut grass. The trees are trimmed back and the horses are brushed more as they shed their winter coats. It’s an active time for sure as the days get longer and the horse rides go out each day a little later to catch the glorious sunsets in the pampas.
No doubt about spring it’s a glorious time to be spending on the estancia and each year we have returning guests who love to stay here on those spring days so we get to see old familiar faces which is lovely. Some guests have been coming for years to enjoy those first days of spring and its great to catch up with them and talk about what’s been going on in their lives and of course ours.
If you love the spring you will love it on the estancia we look forward to welcoming you one day glorious spring day.
This is David Cummings alias The English Gaucho hasta pronto