Tag Archives: galicia

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…

 

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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