20 June 2022: Useful info?; A rapa das bestas; An unusual sighting; & A request for advice:

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Night’s candles are burnt out, and jocund day stands tiptoe on the misty mountain tops

Spanish life is not always likeable but it is compellingly loveable
Christopher Howse: ‘A Pilgrim in Spain’

Cosas de España 

Useful information for some folk, I guess. Good to see Vigo mentioned.

Yesterday, I took 3 English visitor to a Rapa das Bestas in the Galician hills, at Murgodans near Gondomar. This involves the rounding-up of wild horse and then the cutting of their manes and tails. As ever, quite spectacular – if a little rough on the horses, who are either wrestled to ground, if young, or lassoed with a clever snare over their heads, if adult-.-

Earlier in the day we’d watched a religious procession in town, apparently attended by Franco himself:-

Is there any other religion in the world which puts as much emphasis on suffering (and sin) as Catholicism does?

Finally . . .

Just in case anyone has advice on this . . .I have a plant growing in the wrong place – my lawn. So, it’s technically ‘a weed’, at least in my garden. It’s the lotus corniculatus, commonly called the bird’s-foot trefoil, eggs and bacon, or birdsfoot deervetch. Wiki says: It typically sprawls at the height of the surrounding grassland. In other words, it’s taking over my lawns, tendril by tendril, and is already far more widespread than I realised. Having got rid of all the daisies, I’m now engaged on uprooting all these little plants, even though the flowers are a pretty yellow. Not as easy task as it sounds. So, I might resort to Resolva weedkiller.

For new readers: If you’ve landed here looking for info on Galicia or Pontevedra, try here. If you’re passing through Pontevedra on the Camino, you’ll find a guide to the city there.

One comment

  1. Vigo also got an honourable mention in the UKs most reliable newspaper today.

    Turns out you could be fined 645 quid (may have been Euros) if you wee in the sea. Surely this demonstrates blatant disregard for our human rights. You know those guys you see walk in to the water to just above the waistline, a gradual look of satisfaction spreading across their face. Yep, those guys better watch out.


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