Sunday, June 28, 2015
This was one of those "surprise parades" that I didn't know was coming. Last year I just caught it from my balcony. This year I grabbed my camera, ran downstairs, and ran up the street past all the participants so I wouldn't miss anything.
The Fiesta de San Isidro celebrates the patron saint of the farmers, Saint Isidro. It is celebrated on the 15th of May (so I'm a bit late with this post) and they came into town with tractors pulling festively decorated wagons.
The horses were almost all very spirited and beautiful, and of course everyone was dressed in their finest traditional Spanish outfits.
Other stories told of how he would go to mass and pray every day while angels did his work, and how when he did work, angels worked on either side of him, so he was able to do the work of three men.
One last story (there are many) - he would bring people home to eat with them, and one day he brought home so many Marie ran out of food. When she told Isidore, he told her to look again, and she was able to keep scooping food out until everyone was fed.
These pictures don't go with the Fiesta de San Isidro, but were part of the International Festival (the parade was short :) ). Quite the variety of meats!
And will you take a lemon with your piglet? You can buy whole piglets and whole rabbits (skinned) in the supermarkets. And there is always a large selection of fresh fish right out in the open that they will help you get!
Of course there were huge vats of Paella (the traditional Spanish rice and meat dish, often with a variety of seafood in it).
Here are a few random pictures of the Fuengirola beach as they prepared for the summer tourist season. Here they're digging holes for the beach umbrellas, all with that kind of natural, matty look.
They also brought in loads of sand and spread it around with tractors. A beach can never have enough sand!
Sunday, June 7, 2015
Los Awesome Misión Málaga de España ¨Senior¨ Missionaries
Top: Los Redds, Los Wiscombs
Bottom: Los Guffeys, me, Los Coombs, y Los Frosts
More pictures in the Maria Louisa Park. This statue had a pair of probably pigeons sitting on its head. Real ¨love birds¨ :)
More of the gardens. It was so peaceful there!
I love those flowers and these women!
Some of the trees had a pretty wild root system and I love all the different varieties!
There were a number of little ¨Glorietas¨ around the park dedicated to various writers. This one is for the poet Gustavo Becquer. The three ladies are hopeful love, possessed love, and lost love. And the two Cupids are wounded love, and love which wounds.
Now we move on to the center of the Plaza de España (again, built for expo '29). I´ll let the pictures speak for themselves (loved the beautiful ceramics, waterway, and fountain!) and move on to the WHY of why we were in Sevilla. All of the beautiful parks and buildings were a feast for the eyes, but the Whole Mission Conference was a feast for the soul.
(Back to the Plaza de España for a bit - there were small niches along the outside of one building dedicated to the southern provinces. Málaga is the province that Fuengirola is in (where the mission office actually is, about a half hour from Málaga).
Safeguards for technology: Be in tune with the Spirit, Focus on your purpose, Be disciplined, and Be One with your companion and the Lord.
A great conference.