Ecomercado de Abla

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The Ecomercado in Abla

On Sunday the little town of Abla held its annual Ecomercado.

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A display of squashes

Abla lies beneath the Sierra Nevada off the main motorway between Almeria and Granada.

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Organic fruit and veg

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Eco grapes for Alhama de Almeria

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Eggs from happy chickens

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Organic ale

Along the main street stalls were set up selling organic vegetables, fruit and beer.

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The largest pumpkin in Almeria

The largest pumpkin in Almeria, which weighs 432 kilos was on display.

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Whickerwork

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Clothes

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Handmade hats

There were also stalls selling clothes and crafts.

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Bio seeds

A very colourful event in a great setting with the backdrop of the Sierra Nevada above the town.

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Dia De La Vendimia – Alboloduy

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Treading grapes at the fiesta

Yesterday we visited the village of Alboloduy, further up our valley, for its annual Dia de la Vendimia to celebrate the grape harvest.

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A mechanicalmzle leading the procession

It was a beautiful day with clear blue skies and temperatures up to 34C.

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Carnaval queen and attendants

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Women in traditional costumes

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Alhabia town band

At about 12.30, a procession entered the square by the church led by a mechanical mule, followed by the carnival queen and attendants.

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Women with baskets of grapes

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Men with baskets of grapes

Then came women and men in traditional costume carrying baskets of grapes, and the town band playing cheerful music.

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Grapes into the treading barrel

After the mayoress, in a red dress, addressed the crowd, crates of grapes were emptied into the wooden treading barrel.

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Blessing the harvest

The priest said a prayer or two and blessed the crop.

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Boys treading the grapes

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Men treading grapes

Then, the boys, followed by the men, began the treading of the grapes.

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Draining the mosto

Afterwards, the fresh grape juice, called mosto, was drained from the treading barrel.

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People in the square

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Wine from the vineyards of Alboloduy

There was a good crowd in the village for the event and locals and visitors were able to enjoy the celebrations and purchase local wine.

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Quema De La Zorra – Alhabia

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The procession leaving the church after mass

On Saturday night we watched the ‘Quema de la Zorra’ (burning of the vixen) procession in Alhabia. It’s a tradition of the Alpujarra dating back to Roman times, it’s thought. In the old days, the men would go up to the mountains to hunt and kill some poor vixen and then it would be put into a wooden cage and burnt, symbolising the burying of all the ‘maldad’ (bad feeling) in the community.

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Arriving at the ermita

In some villages they burn an effigy of a fox but in Alhabia they carry a figure of Christ from the church through the village along the main road to the Ermita above our cortijo where the figure is kept.

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Alhabia town band

The figure was followed by the priest, the village band and most of the villagers. Many of the people carried bunches of herbs for purification.

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Fireworks

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More fireworks

Halfway, the procession stopped as fireworks were let off. The display was very good. Probably a substitute for the burning of the vixen.

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More fireworks

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More fireworks

Photos taken with phone at night so not the best quality but it was a beautiful clear night.

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El Gallo

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El Gallo

This week we acquired a new, young cockerel. The old cockerel we inherited when we bought our cortijo died over a month ago but we waited for the weather to get a little cooler before we replaced him.

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El Gallo with two of our red hens and our old, white hen

The new boy gets on well with our red hens and the old white hen and enjoys the freedom of our finca.

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El Gallo with oranges and olives

You will notice the new fruit on the orange trees and the branches of the olive trees bending under the weight of the olives. We will have plenty of juice and oil this winter.

 

 

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Izzy and Ellie on Holiday – Alhabia

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Izzy and Ellie on holiday

Our granddaughters, Izzy (14) and Ellie (12) have just returned to the UK after spending 8 days holiday with us.

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In the ruins of the convent, Laujar de Andarax

On their second day we took them up to Laujar de Andarax. They found the ruins of the old convent there fascinating.

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Bodega Cepa Bosquet

We then called in the bodega of Cepa Bosquet.

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Trying out the exercise equipment in Almócita

On the way back we called in at Amócita.

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Almócita

Most of the villages in La Alpujarra have exercise equipment in the streets for villagers to use which the girls had a go on.

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Ellie in the square, Almócita

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Izzy by the rock. Almócita

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Ellie through the rock, Almocita

They were also intrigued by the stone sculpture in the square which has goldfish in the fountain around it.

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The village pool in Alhabia

Also most villages in La Alpujarra have an open air, municipal swimming pool for the locals to enjoy in the summer months.

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The pool in Alhabia is in a lovely setting

The one in Alhabia is almost 500 square metres and is in a lovely setting.

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Izzy and Ellie at the pool

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Having fun in the pool

The girls went up there most afternoons.

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Izzy and Ellie in our own pool

Our own pool in our cortijo was also well used by the girls.

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Izzy painting

Izzy also got some painting practice in.

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Izzy with Shiba and Bobby. The village, Terque is behind

The dogs needed to be walked first thing in the morning before it got too hot, Izzy was usually up in time.

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The paseo below Ohanes

One day we took them up to Ohanes.

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Refreshment on the terrace at Meson Los Casteles

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Ellie by the tapas board, Meson Los Casteles

After refreshment at the Meson Los Casteles we walked around the village.

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The mural of the grape harvest, Ohanes

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Beside the Fuente de Corazón de Jesús, Ohanes

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In the parque, Ohanes

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Izzy up a tree

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Ellie taking photos

Here are some photos of Ohanes. The captions explain.

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Izzy by the beach, Las Negras

The day before they flew back we took Izzy and Ellie down to Las Negras.

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Ellie after a swim

The girls had a swim in the sea.

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Paella

Afterwards a special treat.

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Las Barcas restaurant, Las Negras

Paella at Las Barcas Restaurant on the beach.

 

 

 

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Sun Dried Tomatoes

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The ingredients: all from our land.

We have just collected our first batch of home grown, sun dried tomatoes and laid out some fresh tomatoes which we picked this morning.

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Fresh tomatoes laid out on plastic over a pallet

This is how we dried them:
We laid a sheet of plastic over a couple of wooden pallets and held this down with 4 lengths of wood.

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Covered with netting

We cut the tomatoes in half and laid them out on the plastic and covered them in netting which we held down with 4 more lengths of wood and weighted the corners down with heavy stones.

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After 6 days in the Andalucian sunshine they are ready for storing

Six days later we collected the dried tomatoes and preserved them in jars with our olive oil, garlic and rosemary from our finca.

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Jar of sun dried tomatoes

We have grown far more tomatoes than we could possibly eat but it is not a commercial crop so this is a good way of preserving them for use later.

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Home Made Gazpacho

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Gazpacho Andaluz

During the hot summer months in Andalucia there is nothing to beat a chilled bowl of Gazpacho Andaluz. I made this cold soup this morning using tomatoes, pepper, cucumber, garlic and olive oil from our finca. White wine vinegar and bread were the only ingredients not home produced.

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Tomatoes from our finca

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Peppers from our finca

Ingredients

4 ripe tomatoes, skinned and chopped

2 green peppers, cored seeded and chopped

1 cucumber, peeled and sliced

2 cloves of garlic, peeled and chopped

Chunk of white bread, crust removed, soaked in water  and squeezed dry

4 tablespoons of olive oil

2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar

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Cucumber from our finca

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Garlic from our finca

Preparation

Put the vegetables, garlic and bread into a blender until worked to a purée then add the oil and vinegar. Blend for a few seconds longer then put in the fridge to cool. Add salt to taste, stir well add a sprig of mint and serve chilled. You can add a garnish of finely chopped, tomatoes, cucumber, pepper and croutons, served in separate bowls, to sprinkle on top.

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