A little further, a herd of a dozen of young donkeys tried to make their living along the new road.
Photo 1 : a mother donkey and her young one find nothing for grazing!
Photo 2 : an older donkey has found a few weeds on the shoulder of the road.
Photo 3 : one young donkey has been able to pass on the other side of the road railing but his brothers (or sisters!) are still on the other side.
Photo 4 : a larger group runs a little further, ahead from the car.
Photo 5 : bingo, they have found a donkey’s heaven with no railing and plenty to graze!
In 2007, I took a photo of a nice looking donkey grazing peacefully along the narrow gravel road, high above the sea in a fantastic landscape (photo 1). He could even possibly graze ON the road!
Believe it or not, in 2009, the same donkey was still there, in the same place, as the second photo testimonies!
However, his world was upside down and there did not seem to be anything to graze, neither on the road (photo 3) nor along the road (photo 4).
Fortunately, we had some dry bread that we had saved from the morning breakfast. He was very happy to get it (photo 5).
In May 2009, from the newly coated road, I spotted another part of the terraces of Lukove. From the road, they looked in perfect condition. There did not seem to be any missing trees in the rows and it did not seem neither that any of the walls of the terraces had fallen down. Everything was green and there did not seem to be any trees dying from thirst. However, we had not enough time to walk into the terraces.
Again, is there any one that can tell a little more about the present condition of the terraces of Lukove ?
However, just after the dilapidated entrance into the estate, the terraces appear and have a very different aspect.
The first photo seems to represent almost the same place that was pictured on the 1985 booklet (previous tip). In the background, on the left, a versant of the mountain is well grown but the shape of the terraces is almost invisible
A second part of the versant, in the middle of the picture shows the terraces in good condition, with green trees standing regularly. On the third part of the versant (background, far right), the terraces show but are almost bare.
The second photo was taken a little further and shows that at least some of the terraces are now used as gardens. If you enlarge the photo, you can see that people are working in the gardens. In the background, top right, olive trees seem to have grown.
Any one can tell a little more about the present condition of the terraces of Lukove ?
The first photo shows on the left, in the background the village of Lukove, 20 kilometers north to Saranda. I feel that the dilapidated majestic entranceway was for the entrance for the headquarters of the estate. You can see on the far right a dilapidated, one level and roofless, large building.
It is better seen on the second photo. It is not large enough to house the "volunteers" while they worked on the terraces but it might have housed the headquarters and the kitchen while the "volunteers" were accommodated under tents.
This first sight corroborates the abandon of the Lukove terraces project.
Genus Saponaria belongs to the Caryophyllaceae family. There are about 20 species of Saponaria. The roots of some of them (Saponaria officinalis or common Soapwort) contain substances that allows to use them as an organic soap, hence the name. They are native to southern Europe.
The photo shows Saponaria calabrica, native to Turkey, Albania Greece and Italy. They were growing on an old dump as very large tufts that looked superb. The photo shows only a small part of a tuft
Red poppy (Papaver Rhoeas) is common throughout the whole Europe but I found that the variety that grew in Albania had a deeper red than usual. These particular one grew on the same dump than Saponaria calabrica. If there had been a competition for the most beautifully flourished dump, this one would have undoubtedly won!