Brrr but it is a chilly spring that we are experiencing. Day after day of clouds and cold weather, the good news though, is that the skies have finally opened up and it is raining, that means clear blue skies are on the way.
Shops are closed tomorrow, May Day so shop til ya drop today if you need to.
The Cruces de Mayo competition is about to start as well. There are 12 crosses competing this year for a total of 590 euros in prize money. There are two categories, Crosses in open spaces, and Crosses in closed spaces. Prize for best outdoor space is 290.00 euros and 240.00 euros for the best indoor cross. I will attempt to see all of them over the next few days and take photos.
For those eager to see them all, you can can obtain a cruces passport and if you manage to see 10 of the 12 your name will go into a draw for 1 of 4 prizes. Those prizes are. Passports may be obtained at any of the cross locations, as well as the Tourist Office and the Casa de Cultura.
1st prize Dinner for Two at Restaurant La Traviesa
2nd prize Lunch for Two at the Escuela de Hosteleria
3rd prize 1 bucket of beer plus a rosca sandwich from Tasca de Galera
4th prize 1 bottle of Rum Pálido plus mix from Sunem Playa.
A list of locations to see the crosses is shown directly below.
Now for some shots of our very cloudy skies.
Tonight is the 4th in a series of 6 Flamenco concerts to take place at the Salobreña Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased at the Tourist Office, the Radio Station or the Casa de Cultura. Don’t miss a great night out.
Tomorrow it is the rescheduled Andalucia Day festivities taking place in Fuente Park. Lot’s of activities for the kids, the big Jamón slicing contest, Art, Music the works.. The Day is being called EncontrArte. See promo below for more details.
Stop the presses folks we have a great evening of live entertainment coming up on the 16th of March in Motril.
Local favorite ’One For My Baby’, will be performing at Restaurant Gudane, and it promises to be a thoroughly entertaining night out for all. ‘One for My Baby’ will be performing all of your Jazz, Pop and Latin favorites, all with their own twist. Don’t miss this opportunity for a great night out. Reservations are recommended!
Here are a couple of videos for you to enjoy.
This is the PDF file with all of the information needed to make a reservation.
I am learning more and more about my camera, so I thought I would try my hand at some black and white photos so I chose the cane processing plant in La Caleta as my subject. It should be noted, that the factory no longer processes sugar cane, it stopped doing that in 2006. Today the factory makes alcohol from molasses brought in from around the world made from both sugar beet and cane. Mind the GMO possibilities! The molasses arrive by ship into the Motril port and huge tanker trucks bring the molasses to the factory to be processed into pure alcohol, just like the newer plant just up the road in Lobres.
The factory is quite old and there are whole sections completely abandoned and falling into decay. It was here that I took these photos and on the surrounding grounds . Technically speaking, I was not even supposed to be on the grounds, but the gate was open, so to someone that likes to take pictures, it was practically an invitation. In the future I will call in and see if I can get access to the areas still in operation. A grubbier looking place you will not find. Mind the Tetanus!
Recently I took a stroll through the old town, and I stopped to visit a friend and she told me that just down the end of her pretty little street, a large piece of rock had fallen and taken out the foot path that takes you down the back side of the hill that is Salobreña. Needless to say I rushed right over and took the following photos, I then went down below and took another photo for a better perspective on the size of the rock.
The culprit here was the roots of the Nicotina plant as shown in the next photo. The roots enter a fissure in the rocks and then continue to grow and spread, splitting the rock in the process.
On another note, I joined the walkers from the International Club as led by Diana for a return trip to the mountains just outside Nigüelas yesterday. It was a completely different experience this time around, as the weather was much colder, and the clouds started to envelop the mountains and trail making for some spectacular sights.