they think its all over…

Of course back in the U of K the Christmas festivities are pretty much over but not in Spain, where they are building up to the 6th Jan known as Reyes (Kings) which is the date the 3 Kings (allegedly) rolled up at a certain lowly cattle shed bearing gifts (allegedly)… So the 6th is the day when gifts are exchanged here and explains this rather marvellous processional Christmas display in the wee village of Curtîs, in the Province of A Coruña…

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the joy of good graphics…

Love this bar sign for Bar Luis in the small Galician town of Arzua, beautiful economy of graphic design, been the same for a good 40 years or more.

IMG_20171227_115351IMG_20171227_115334IMG_20171227_115229…fabulous wallpaper from interior…

where walnuts come from…

Ever wondered where walnuts come from? Harvesting them every morning as they dropped was one of my morning tasks on a recent visit to Galicia…

 

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The tree, planted around 20 years ago never produced any nuts until this year when a combination of a hotter and dryer than usual summer and the mysteries of nature meant that it finally fruited…

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The nuts develop inside these tough green skins which finally split when ripe and…

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the nuts finally tumble to the ground.

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The nuts are not ready to eat yet, they are bitter and feel heavy. They need to dry out somewhere warm for a few weeks till they feel lighter. I think they look like alien babies when they first fall, the fibre from the casing like matted hair…

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Some of the fruits of my labour…

 

International Day of the Girl…

…is today;

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charanga…

Charanga  – a small group of musicians

Ruada – party/fiesta

I have tremendous affection for these local bands who turn up to play at fiestas and religious festivals in the wee towns, villages and hamlets of Galicia, on this particular occasion the charanga Ruada are playing for people coming out of the mass for Virtudes, a Saints day in Vitre, Galicia. Cool drums and cool red shirts!

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As a former drummer (of sorts) i do like me a drum kit.

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the band

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