When I was photographing the altar in Plaza Placeta in the old town on the day of Corpus Christi, I met and elderly lady that was explaining that the house in which the altar was set up in front of was in fact one of her homes. She mentioned a second house, which she proudly took me that had a very old fresco painting on the ceiling in the entryway.
The interesting thing about the fresco which she reports is well over 100 years old, is that it shows a very different view of the area below the castle, and a much higher water line. She really doesn’t know how old the painting is, only that it is more than 100 years old.
Fresco- click to enlarge
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Corpus Christi is a Catholic holiday in celebrating the presence of the body and blood of Jesus Christ in the Eucharist It is celebrated throughout Spain in either May or June, depending on when Easter occurs. Today is also the day the First Communion ceremonies are held for all of the 10 year old children.
All through the old town here in Salobreña decorated altars have been set up for the day, as well as balconies decorated in lace.
One of the Altars set up for the day on Calle Martin Recuerda
Balconies on Calle Real decorated with lace tablecloths
The newly Confirmed lead the procession through the streets.
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Yesterday I popped into my local fruit market to see if the dark purple figs were in, I want to make fig chutney this week. My friendly shopkeeper advised me that he won’t be having them in for another week or so as the price is too high at the moment. Anyway, what he was doing when I walked in the shop really intrigued me.
On his counter, he had a pile of flowers of a type that I have never seen before, and he was taking them apart. When I asked him what he was doing he told me that they were chirimoya flowers and he was taking them apart to get to the pollen inside. You see the Chirimoya are fruit that have to be hand pollinated.
What he does, is to gather the pollen by sending the heads through a small strainer where the pollen is collected and then placed in the receptacle his hand made pollinating spray gun. Then each flower on the tree is prayed with pollen. Genius.
Intact Chirimoya flowers.
Hand made sprayer
This little sprayer is an amazing little piece of equipment. He used, a straw, an egg from a kinder surprise, camera cleaning squeeze pump, and an aluminum handle from a sliding window. The pollen is placed in the egg and then sprayed in the flower of the Chirimoya.
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The Spanish title says it best.. it means corners of Salobreña in direct translation, but it means a bit more.. like special hidden places in Salobreña. A walk the other day in the rain yielded these pretty little side streets
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What started out as a dry french bread dough cake with a bean hidden in it has over the past 300 years evolved into a delicious danish type dough cake with sweet cream, caramelized sugar and dried fruit placed decoratively on top. This year was my very first year to try it, not the last to be sure.. it really was delicious, and it made my birthday on the 9th extra special.
My Three Kings Birthday Cake
The booby prize, a dried haba beans
I actually got the prize, a porcelain Balthazar.
The “king cake” takes its name from the biblical three kings. In Catholic liturgical tradition, the Solemnity of Epiphany – commemorated on January 6 – celebrates the visit of the Magi to the Christ Child. The Eve of Epiphany (the night of January 5) is popularly known as Twelfth Night (the Twelve Days of Christmas are counted from Christmas Eve until this night). The season for king cake extends from the end of the Twelve Days of Christmas (Twelfth Night and Epiphany Day), up until Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday;” the day before the start of Lent. Some organizations or groups of friends may have “king cake parties” every week through the Carnival season. In Portugal and France, whoever gets the King cake trinket is expected to buy the next cake for these get-togethers
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