The latest dispatch from Janet:
This is the Castell de Llaes courtyard. The building on the right is the entrance area I wrote about a few weeks back, and the main castle is straight ahead, with the cemetery past the entrance, but also on the right.
The courtyard is walled in by 10th-century blocks of stone and surrounded by trees, shrubs, and flowers that grow along the hilltopâ€™s edge. At night itâ€™s going to be pitch-fricken-black out there! I canâ€™t wait to see the stars from this amazing dark-spot. My travel telescope should fit into my suitcaseâ€”if you see me wearing the same clothes over and over, youâ€™ll know I made a difficult choice when packing.
And yes, itâ€™s nice during the day, too. You can expect daily temperatures around 66F or 19C, with lows down to 44F or 7C at night. Now, Iâ€™m Canadian, so this means a light sweater in the evening, but whatever it means to you, day or night, I think spending time in this protected courtyard may be a highlight of the trip. There are private benches along the outer edge, a large, long-table for meals or drinks, and several shady tree spots for notes, story-catching, or plain old zoning out.
Cat and I are planning several BBQ nights, so bring your appetite.
THE APPLICATION WINDOW ENDS ON MAY 31 AT MIDNIGHT EST â€“ THATâ€™S IN 15 DAYS!!