One of my favourite libraries: The Bodleian Library (Oxford).
From few days ago I could never repeat the 47 years again! No problem. And no music, no way! Here go few songs for you all. Please, take this as a present.
"Romanos de Montoro" - Holly Week. To see how Jesuschrist is translated by the Romans to Montoro main square, and to see how the sculpture pass under the arch is something that you have to see. Scorted by the soldiers all night long, many people sing "saetas" to Him. In Montoro, I know people that register a new baby in the brotherhood before than the Civil Record Office!
Calle Osio - Córdoba. One of the most magic walks you can do in Córdoba is from the "Plaza de la Compañía" to the Cathedral, via Calle Osio, where my grandma lived, especially falling the night. Bishop Osio (Córdoba, 257- Sremska/Serbia, 358) presided the Nicea Council in 325.
Simancas (Valladolid). Simanchas General Archive. I spent here a lot of time for many years. There are three General Archives in Spain: Archivo General de Indias, Archivos General de Simancas, and Archivo Histórico Nacional.
February 2: Festivity of "La Candelaria". In February, the olives are all collected in Villa del Río. The collection season is finished from early December, and the olive trees have to be cleaned of superflual branches in order to a better collection the next year. The cutting is done by expertised people and put togheter in the middle of the trees forming little mountains of branches, twigs, and leaves. This is called "ramón" (Rama = branch, ramón = mountain of braches, or big branch).
Sometimes, "el ramón" is burnt off in the middle of the trees, as you can see in the picture. Nevertheless, there is a lot of it, and the people go to pick up the ramón during January, and reserve it in their garages, waiting February 2. This day, in the night, all the ramón is burnt in the village, and people jumps over the fire, singing and dancing. The next morning, the coaps of fire remains in the streets, and old people take this for light their "braseros".
This is a "Green man" (Wikipedia). Is an sculpture from 6th/7th centuries, both religious and pagan. I am a "Green man" collector, and I have thousands of samples from all over Spain, England and Portugal. Nevertheless, I do not agree with the current mean given to the Green man by the people, since I have seen samples in all churches (Cathedral of Palencia, Llanes, or Los Jerónimos-Lisbon: a real tribute to them!). In the churches are ever located in strategical places. Anyway, as historian I am, I can not say what is the real meaning of that.
|Aguilafuente - Segovia|
My wife and I ussually rest here when we have few days. Is a 16th century palace. The house is located in Aguilafuente (Segovia), and the owners are our friends. In Aguilafuente was printed a book (Libro del Sinodo) for the first time in Spain.
|JKO and friends. France 1949.|
Jackie Kennedy Onassis (hereafter JKO). Let me, please, tell you this story detailled as far as I can. My grandma María, and her sisters (Farailda, Charlotte, Julia) received a several and catholic education. During their youth some of them did 2-weeks summer catholic exercises in Europe (France, Belguim...), along with similars young women. 1948, 1949, 1950, 1951... till they were 18. In these exercises were young americans too, such as JKO. The last summer JKO and one of my great-aunts were close friends, and, before JKO went back to USA, was invited to Granada to visit my family. The friendship between them follow up later, and both sent several letters one to the other. In one of these letters JKO said that she knew a young senador who wants to be President. In other letter, she said that she will marry with him!
|Antigua azucarera - Granada|
|La casa amarilla - Granada|
Ancient sugar industry - Granada. My great-grandfather was Belgian, and my great-grandmother French. At late 19th century the sugar beet industry grew up in Granada, (read the history here) and expertized people was needed there. My great-grandfather, Arthur Baeyens, was chemist, and the inventor of how extract alcohol from the sugar beet. Then he came to Granada in 1889, and build the "Yellow House" (link), today an experimental station. Mi grandmother, María Baeyens Guilmäin, told me a lot of stories.One of them very, very curious in the next post.
Picture: My grandma house - patio. I played there from my birth.
The moon over the olive threes. To take a walk falling the night, and sorrounded by thousands of olive threes is something magic. Really! They give you a comfortable heat, while silence is broken by the birds. What an experience! I usually do this everytime I go to my homeland. It is one of my secrets.
Picture: Villa del Río - Ermita. Someones say that this little church is settled on an ancient muslim cemetery. A legend also says that if you marry there, the place bring misfortunes to you in two possibles ways: your wife leave you, or you lost a child.