I arrived at Can Vilanova after driving along the entire northern shore of the Boadella reservoir. The area is rich in heather, Scotch broom, Spanish lavender and strawberry trees, along with the usual rockrose, thyme and rosemary. After going past the La Central bypass, the road enters into what seems like an enormous peninsula, which to the south runs up against the Penya-segats de la Muga mountain range, a zone declared a nature reserve. There is very little population in the area.
The Can Vilanova manor-keeper is Marina, a woman who is incredibly sensitive to energy flows. She knows various shamanistic techniques and collects sacred waters from all over the world. I could think of no one better to orientate me when looking for the natural founts and springs in the area. She assured me that she had not made the decision to live there, alone and isolated with a big, white dog, but that the house had invited her to come. In effect, the manor is built over top a quartz vein, which connects a menhir, a few metres south of the house, and a dolmen on the other side of the lake, to the north. I had been clumsy enough to park right over top of this quartz vein, but she did not seem to mind. She told me that she had just returned from the Azores, where arcane civilizations had built a device that rebounded the energy coming from South America towards Europe and the Orient. It was a kind of mirror or something similar, which ensured the Earth’s energy would flow. I tried not to judge what I was hearing.