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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…

 

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decorating construction 2…

Beautiful BEAUTIFUL decoration of an old, abandoned house on Burela, Galicia in Spain, kind of outsider art i guess or just someone with a creative soul…

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Beautiful, stormy and romantic Cantabrian Sea, Burela

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Burela tiny houses

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Ghosts

sobrado dos monxes…

Been wanting to post about this place for years. In the small village of Sobrado dos Monxes, in rural Galicia resides the magnificent, decaying yet stoic stone pile of MAGNIFICENCE known as St Mary’s of Sobrado, a still functioning Cistercian monastery.

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It’s always freezing cold inside no matter the season or temperature outside, and invasive plants and moss cover the farther reaches of the internal buildings. The few remaining monks look after it the best they can but there is neither the money nor the manpower to maintain the building against the elements and the inevitable reclaiming encroachment of nature. Really, it’s exquisite, full of intricate stone detail. It costs almost nothing to enter and you can even stay the night in their hostel. My photos can’t do justice to the scale and atmosphere of the place but if you are ever in Galicia, you should go there!

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a procession…

…what all that bell ringing was about (see recent post ) and also because i do like me a good procession…

procession of saints in Albixoi, Galicia on the saint day of Santa Mariña

analogue bell ringing…

…isn’t it nice that some things are still done analogue?

ringing bells in Albixoi, Galicia on the saint day of Santa Mariña

…in case you are wondering, the bangs are “bombas” by the way, shot into the air to celebrate most Spanish Saints Days and Fiestas in general…