Pueblos blancos

Two more from the Pueblos Blancos

Pueblo 3 (1 of 1) copy copy



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Pueblo Blanco

‘Los Pueblos Blancos’ is the collective description given to a group of spectacularly attractive white towns and villages in the provinces of Cadiz and Malaga in Andalucia, Spain.  The best known of these is Ronda, with its famous bull ring.

Most of the pueblos blancos occupy hilltop sites and historically were frontier posts in the battles between the Moors and the Christians.  Several retain the suffix ‘de la frontera’  –  as in Arcos de la Frontera.  The Arabic influence is often apparent in the architecture and narrow winding streets.

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Cotinus after rain

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August 30, 2015 · 8:00 am

Spanish boot sale

This photo was taken several years ago  –  before Spain became part of the Euro zone, as the price tag (and possibly the fashion) indicates.  It was a particularly colourful and attractive display  –  a memorable scene.in a Spanish side street.


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Abstract 232

This abstract pattern relies heavily on its lighting, its limited palette and, most particularly, on the many, many lines.  I find the lines especially interesting because, despite their number, I can find no two lines that are exactly parallel with each other!  For me, this linear variation produces a sense of movement and vitality –  a sort of chaotic energy.


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Cornwall (3) Lanyon Quoit


Cornwall. Lanyon-1


‘Quoit’ is the Cornish word for a dolmen.  A dolmen was constructed using three or more large stones supporting a huge capstone, as seen in this photo.  The dolmen (quoit) formed the entrance to a tomb or burial chamber and was covered with earth and small rocks for protection

The Lanyon Quoit was probably originally built around 4000 BCE, but it was rebuilt in 1824.  The original earth covering had already disappeared over the centuries and the exposed stone structure had collapsed during a particularly severe storm on 19 October 1819



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Cornwall (2) ‘Men-an-Tol’

ornwall 15 rev (1 of 1)-2

The Men-an-Tol (‘Holed Stone’) is believed to have been constructed in the Bronze Age but not inits present form.  Research suggests that the stones were once part of a circle

Like ‘The Merry Maidens’ a good deal of folklore surrounds this group of stones  In particular the holed stone became associated with healing and with fertility rites.  It was believed that a young woman who passed seven times through the hole (18″ diameter) would soon become pregnant.  A child suffering from Rickets could be cured by passing it, naked, through the hole three times

The  sculptor Barbara Hepworth lived and worked in Cornwall and the influence of the surrounding landscape and stones is apparent in in her sculptures.  Indeed, a hole penetrating her sculptures is a trademark feature. (See my post Around the Barbara Hepworth Garden)


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