Crafty in the Med

I'm here to enjoy meeting other crafters and to share my ideas and projects. I love to crochet,cross stitch and embroidery but I'm keen to try new crafts too. I love music and I love to sing! Singing makes me happy. I collect jugs....its their shape I think! I am addicted to yarn and buttons. I get lost in book shops and can spend all morning there and I absolutely adore rummaging in flea markets. I love to read sci´fi/fantasy,buried treasure, and off world adventures. I have a passion for history! I would be the first passenger on the first time machine ! I BELIEVE IN MAGIC!

Thursday, 11 February 2016

Oh! that wind!


I presume we have seen...and felt the tail end of  Storm Imogen here in Spain because the wind these last few days has been horrendous.

 


 Alicante Carnival had to put up with some destruction such as fallen floats and cancellation of some of the events due to these high winds!
 Anyhow Carnival has been and gone now and I saw little of it due to work. The finale was yesterday with the typical "Burial of the Sardine"  ...yes Sardine as in fish!!         Funny tradition!
It is quite hilarious really what with all the mourners and widows in black (usually Men) wailing as if it were a real funeral. There were a few devils hopping around too and lots of people singing and dancing.

 There is a reason of course for this event,it is a satirical ceremony that simulates a burial (cremation) procession of a sardine. It symbolizes the burying of the past (the end of the carnival) and the beginning of the fasting period.


 I am looking forward to Easter and a few days off . It will be a quiet Easter as Daughter Nº1 and Cookie baby will be off to the States for 10 days to visit my grand-daughter's American grandparents and the rest of her family there.







She is so excited!
I think it must be all of 5 years that she hasn't seen them.







keep well


Amanda :-)








18 comments:

  1. I read this post to my husband and showed him the sardine. We both thought it was funny. I love to read about different countries traditions and celebrations. Thank you for the sweet words on my blog today. I am so blessed to have such good friends here in blogland.
    Blessings,
    Betsy

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It is a very strange tradition. During the fascist regime the carnival was prohibited but it was allowed back when that ended in the late 1970s.

      A x

      Delete
  2. What a fascinating tradition, the sardine and all. That wind is something! We see wind like that with tropical storms, but we haven't had one for a while. How fun fro your family coming to Florida! I know you will miss thi=em but boy will they have fun.
    Hugs,
    Meredith

    ReplyDelete
  3. I'm glad the wind has left us! It'll not be long before another storm comes. That sardine tradition is just fabulous!

    ReplyDelete
  4. I think it's so cool that you have palm trees there. I love them. I might have to buy a fan palm which can live here. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I have them right in front of my windows Teresa. The wind is still with us and they are swaying very energetically indeed. Its like a dance!! :-)

      A x

      Delete
  5. ooooO! Must say...I love traditions...
    We have hundreds..Neah! Thousands in Sicily!
    Friday the 13th is always an unlucky day, as
    Christ was crucified on a Friday!
    Most traditions revolve around the church, as
    the people are mostly Catholic..! Even naming
    a new born is very important!
    Sicilians still believe that the Virgin Mary
    was a Sicilian!
    There are other strange traditions...If someone
    comes to visit, you welcome them through one door,
    when leaving, they must leave through the same door!
    But...The head of the family..the domestic family is
    always 'La Madre'..The Mother..!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Lots here too Willie!! As Spain is a Catholic country too it wasn't so long ago that everyone's life even political was influenced by what the "Church" would say or wanted. That isn't so anymore but of course the traditions still remain and with out doubt the "fiesta" ones more than any others. :-)
      A x

      Delete
  6. Well I have definitely never come across that festival before! Not one that you would forget is it. Happy Valentines! xx

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It isn't!!! but a must at least once!! :-)

      A x

      Delete
  7. In northern CA where we lived on the coast one of our neighbors had palm trees. It is amazing how they can withstand the gales! I hope your family has a great time in the states and that your schedule is more reasonable so you have more time for crafting. Thanks for posting and sharing the interesting world around you, Amanda! xx

    ReplyDelete
  8. I love reading about the traditions and events that you have in Spain, Amanda, especially the stories behind them and what they mean. I hope your daughter and grand-daughter have a wonderful time in America x

    ReplyDelete
  9. Love old and celebrated traditions! Hope the weather is being kinder today!

    ReplyDelete
  10. The celebration is great. My grandson, who spent a year in Madrid loves sardines! I'll have to show him this celebration, XOXO

    ReplyDelete
  11. Love sardines, just never knew about this festival!! Have to say the Spanish seem to have some great festivals/carnivals throughout the year, wish I could go to some!! :)

    ReplyDelete
  12. Thank you for your very good site….
    ___________
    tattoo thoughts

    ReplyDelete
  13. Excellent site I have bookmarked your site..
    ______________
    kristen stewart hot

    ReplyDelete
  14. Hi there! I'm at work surfing around your blog from my new apple iphone! Just wanted to say I love reading your blog and look forward to all your posts! Keep up the excellent work!
    _______
    Fashions

    ReplyDelete

I love to receive your comments and I read all of them. Unfortunately real life does get in the way sometimes, so as much as I would like to I cannot always reply to every comment, however I do my very best to keep in touch.

Amanda :-)

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...