Sunday, 14 January 2018

Larrés Castle, museum of drawing Julio Gavin

Saturday 13th January turned out fine so we went on a short excursion to a place we hadn't been for 20 years; the drawing collection in a 14-16th century castle in the Serrablo near Sabiñánigo. It was pretty much as cold inside thee stone building as out, and as we were moving slowly to look at the drawings, after the hour it took us to see everything we were chilled through.
We enjoyed the drawings, which ranged from Dali to Beulas to Juan Gris, Penagós and the museum's founder, Julio Gavin.
We also enjoyed the castle itself-a simple two-storied set of rooms surrounding a central patio and two towers, one with the narrowest stone staircase imaginable leading to an exhibition of cartoons, and the other a viewing platform from which you can see the snowy mountains. (although the dirty windows made it impossible to take photos). All-in-all a good trip.
Here's a link for the museum:

Saturday, 7 October 2017

Autumn in the Selva de Oza

 From Jaca you drive to the village of Puente la Reina on the main N-260 national road. they are building a motorway, but as a national road-it links Jaca with Pamplona-it's a disgrace. Puente la Reina, as the name says has a bridge which crosses the river Aragón, after which you turn right and drive next to the river Subordan, a tributary of the Aragón. Past Javierregay, Embún and round the edge of Hecho. Past Siresa with its spectacular Romanesque church-all that's left of the monastery that once housed 150 monks. Here the road gets narrower, you drive through a quite narrow ravine called Hell's Mouth- la Boca del Infierno and into the area of the Selva de Oza. In the past 20 years Oza has come along! It was an area with two derelict campsites and some empty buildings with spectacular scenery and now the campsites have reopened, freshly painted and refurbished; there's a café-restaurant, a restaurant, an adventure playground with wires running from tree to tree as well as spectacular scenery.
We had a lovely walk along the steep gorge side on a warm autumn morning. Here are a few photos:
an amazing collection of mushrooms on a treestump

you can see the wires on the treewalks

more autumn mushrooms on a fallen tree

autumn colours on the Boca del Infierno

On the way back we stopped in Hecho and had a rather expensive but exquisite meal in a restaurant called Cantere. Lovely, very fine food.

Sunday, 3 September 2017


Two sides
of the cushion

Again, two 

After I'd made 
the little cushion, I decided it was too small and made it bigger. The one on the right I made last year.

Summer 2017

What with one thing and another I haven't put anything on this blog for some time.One thing was the glut of plums. We onlty have one tree but it wasn't pruned at all and produced an awful lot of fruit. We ate some but most of it went into rather sloppy plum jelly. Last year I bought some packets of pectin in France to add to my jams (they don't sell it here) and I don't think I got the hang of it. The jelly tastes nice but pours rather too well!

A visit to Riglos to see the amazing "Mallos"

From just inside the entrance to Loarre Castle, on the same trip.
Taking photos of flowers in Candanchu
Then at the beginning of July the choir went to Lasarte to do a concert, after which we went to San Sebastián for a few hours

San Juan de la Peña

The Aspe valley looking down into France

In Cantabria, the lovely Santillana del Mar, which was so crowded we couldn't even park the first time we tried!

Don't try and go on Sunday afternoon in August.

This is the official source of the river Ebro

And this is the street where we finally managed to park in the pouring rain in Santander

This is the Botín Centre, built by the Banco Santander people

There are some amazing beaches in Cantabria; unfortunately the weather was against us and the sea was rough-this day at Tagle they put up the red flag which also happened at Suances where the wind whipped the sand in a painful way.

This is an inlet next to Tagle which we saw from above

A ruin which was more picturesque from a distance.

The famous caves of Altamira were fully booked and we'd already seen the museum (the actual caves are visitable by about 10 people a week by a lottery for ticket holders) so we tried some called la Cueva de las Monedas. They were also fully booked, so we saw the village nearby called Puente Viesgo

The last excursion was to Santoña; it was probably the best weather that week