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Steve's Nature Quiz #18

Kibbling? What on earth is that?

a) The brother or sister of a goat.

b) Separating the seeds from a carob pod.

c) The act of kissing and nibbling as practised in the courting rituals of many animal species (including us).

Much as I would like it to be either a) or c) the answer is the rather more mundane b). It's carob picking season here in Crete and when the harvest has been gathered in there will be an awful lot of kibbling going on around the villages. Why not tag along with us as we tour the upland villages of east Crete amid the autumn flowers and wonderful wildlife in Series 6 of the #CreteNature blog?

To The Village of Schinokapsala

Welcome back! In the last three series we've trekked up hill and down dale and frolicked with the fishes in the Libyan Sea. And now for something completely different...a tour of the upland villages of eastern Crete taking in the beautiful scenery and amazing wildlife along the way. So hop in alongside me and we'll pootle along the coast from our base in Ferma, take a left in the village of Galini and head up into the hills. This road meanders along the edge of the Eden Valley and in places the outcrops of rock hang suspended above the road in a most unnerving way. If we bear right here, through the olive groves, we'll make a stop in the Aschlia valley. I see that the carob picking season has begun so lets halt under this carob tree at the side of the road and sit upon the wall awhile.
Carob harvesting involves hitting the tree with a stick to knock the pods down whilst trying not to damage the delicate flowers which appear at the same time. When you've picked them all …