Thursday, February 02, 2012
Sunday, November 13, 2011
Tuesday, November 08, 2011
Christmas in Cataluna sees the addition of two new Caganer figurine figures for your christmas nativity scene,
Prince William and Catherine (Duke and Duchess of Cambridge).
Here they are shown wearing their wedding outfits, and having assumed the position of the pooping caganer.
See previous post on Obama Caganer here to learn about the tradition of this fertility symbol.
Tuesday, November 01, 2011
Monday, October 31, 2011
Sunday, October 09, 2011
Cartell 2011 obra d'Inés Bordas
Friday, July 22, 2011
Monday, May 23, 2011
Saturday, May 21, 2011
Friday, April 08, 2011
Friday, February 25, 2011
Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Achatina Fulica the east african giant snail is now resident in Andalusia in southern Spain. As if we don't have enough snails of our own. This invader is known to carry several parasites which are dangerous to humans who should avoid contact with the pest. The snail should never be eaten without intensive cleaning. Consumption has proven fatal to animals.
Sunday, February 06, 2011
Saturday, February 05, 2011
This post illustrates how to fix the wooden shaft onto the head of the various garden tools that are sold in Spain, in this case a mattock. The metal wedge which secures the shaft is called a cuña heirro forjado.
If you have to buy a new shaft for your garden hand tools, a good garden tip passed onto me by a blacksmith or farrier; is to rub up and down the handle with a hammer head or metal shaft, thereby flattening the grain and polishing the handle. A light coat of linseed oil will help keep the handle weather proof and comfortable in the hand.
Thursday, February 03, 2011
If you like us are still praying that the winter has been kind to your citrus, here is something you could achieve if you master the green art of grafting. The citrus tree in the picture carries 81 different varieties of fruit, all grafted by Joe Real the owner of the tree. Read his description of what he has achieved and see further photographs by clicking on the link.
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Wednesday, January 26, 2011
We bought a juicer and have been playing around with recipes with both fruit and vegetables for their health promoting benefits; but today we have been outclassed.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Wednesday, January 05, 2011
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Spain has bolstered its credentials as a world leader in renewable energy by exporting electricity to France for the first time. Heavy rain and strong winds during 2010 meant that renewables - principally hydro, wind and solar power - met 35 per cent of Spanish demand.
Wind power rose by 18.5 per cent in 2010 and now meets 16 per cent of demand. Luis Atienza, managing director of Spain's electricity grid, predicted that "within three years wind power will overtake nuclear as an electricity source". At its peak, on November 9, wind power met 43 per cent of demand.
This greening of the Spanish grid has not benefited the consumer, with prices likely to rise by nine per cent in 2011. The government sets electricity prices which have no direct correlation with production costs. (The Guardian)
Electricity prices will rise 9.8 % in 2011 and that is almost 40% since 2002.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Elementary Backyard Composting
Chapter One: What is Compost?
Chapter Two: Compost Basics
Chapter Three: Practical Compost Making
Chapter Four: All About Materials
Chapter Five: Methods and Variations
Chapter Six: Vermicomposting
Composting for the Food Gardener
Chapter Seven: Humus and Soil Productivity
Chapter Eight: Maintaining Soil Humus
Chapter Nine: Making Superior Compost
Friday, December 24, 2010
Karlos Arguiñano the chef on the Antena3 TV channel shows you how to cook a celebratory dinner for Nochebuena (the good night or Christmas Eve) The broadcasts are in Spanish but the demonstrations are easy to follow.
Thursday, December 23, 2010
The snowfall of March 8 (2010) left most forests of the region looking bleak.