You have heard me go on about my petanca and read the blogs after the competitions, but this is something different this is a celebration of one clubs 25th anniversary. Tivissa Petanca Club was 25 years old this year, and we were invited to join them for a “black rice paella” celebration. The Petanca club is well supported by the community and the Alcalde (mayor) is always present to hand out prizes at the petanca events.
Tivissa is an old town with a long history. It is nestled beneath the La Llena massif which when viewed from the petanca courts is both fascinating and precioso. It has a lot of historical features dating back to the Iberian period and a church within a church – that is really interesting to see. It also has some of the best petanca players.
On the Saturday we arrived to find the tables decorated with flowers and set up under canopies. The chef was busy preparing the paella with – as you can see – a happy smile. There is a definite art to making a paella, and it is usually a man who is in charge of this event. There are two types of paella here a sea food one which consists of prawns, mussels, small cockles and pieces of squid. The other is a country paella, which is mainly rabbit, chicken with sometimes pieces of pork, basically any meat that is available.
The tables were set out in a long line under awnings with a red awning to show that the ajuntament is part of the club, in the middle. It was hidden slightly by one of the trees but with a little help my wife finally got the picture she wanted. (The one of Rocca and myself didn’t show it clearly enough…)
On the tables were flowers roses, lilies and daisies which came from Ramon’s garden. In between these were placed plates of meat, crisps, olives, salads and other tid bits, a real summer celebration table. Although not shown here water, lemonade and of course wine was in plentiful supply which made for a happy, relaxing meal with friends.
This is a family club where they encourage the younger members to enjoy Petanca, and before we adults got down to some serious eating the youngsters enjoyed something to eat and drink before going to play.
This is what we were waiting for Black Rice Paella. After the photographs had been taken we sat down and tucked in. Did we enjoy it? Well just look at our smiling faces……
A big thank you to our friends at Tivissa Petanca Club for making us welcome, and letting us share in their celebrations.
© Michael Douglas Bosc
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We have been sitting in the garden listening to Queen and Madness whilst watching the evening sky as bits of ash fell and our nostrils were assaulted by the stench of burning brought to us on the wind.
The sky is a pinkish grey and we cannot see down the valley there is so much smoke coming our way. This fire started yesterday afternoon and the float planes were busy flying overhead to put it out. Our friends thought – as we did – that it was ‘job done’. However as the planes and choppers can’t fly at night the fire got going again. We visited our friends this afternoon, their home over looks the valley to the next mountain range where the fire is raging, but all we could see was the smoke cloud. As we sat chatting ash brought in on the wind-driven cloud began to fall which made our eyes water and me a little uneasy. My wife’s jeans were getting covered in ash so I decided it was time to go.
And this is from a distance of over 12 kilometers.
On the way home we saw some pretty awesome sights with the smoke column looking like a tornado blocking the sun. We had to do some shopping and as we were parking the choppers returned from fire fighting and did a circuit of the supermarket as they went into land. So although there are no photos of the actual fire raging – too dangerous to get near, these distance ones show the heat as you can see it rising and the clouds are red. This fire is so out of control and although on the other side of the river – where we all hope it stays – if not and it jumps the river then God help us all. Mind you it does say there will be heavy rain tomorrow we are praying.
© Michael Douglas Bosc
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It’s 11.40 on a Sunday morning sun’s shining and for the past few hours Michael has been sitting in the fly free zone working on a new book whilst listening to the song of a thrush. As for me I have been busy in the garden putting finishing touches to the walled bed. Now you may be wondering why I am posting on Michael’s blog, well its like this. I have joined a garden blog on FB and normally I would just post on there or Michael would write a blog about what I have been up to. This morning however he was up early and is now busy writing. But he did have a look round on here first and as soon as he had finished I grabbed my chance hehe.
It is a strange thing but gradually over the years I have been putting the garden in place but only in my mind. But last year Michael made me steps up to the cacti garden and things just took off from there. I edged the steps with stones and made small bulb terraces, then if you look to the right of this picture that is where I built a small wall and re-planted my Saffron crocus.
The next thing was to have a small olive tree removed as it was too close to the house and replanted in the south field. It was whilst this was being dug up that the large rocks were discovered so I decided to make a small walled garden for some of my roses. Then Michael suggested that I make another garden behind the wall incorporating the stones so this is the result – it’s now finished – and I have planted two of my hostas – Bill & Ben – in it along with one or two other plants, covered the soil with gravel so it prevents the sun drying it out too quickly and I now have a classic little garden.
The problem here is that we don’t get much water during the summer which normally runs from June till mid September so we have to collect water for the garden from the river. We store it in cubes of 1,000 ltrs which is strictly for the garden. But there is a little trick I learnt from ‘The Witches Garden’, and that is to get a lemonade bottle cut off the bottom say about half way up and insert the capped end into the soil and fill with water. Next get an empty 6 ltr water bottle cut the top off that and fit it over the bottle in the ground, this will then produce a self watering unit and keep the plants moist. I have done it before and it does actually work although I have to place a stone on the top to keep the larger bottle from being blown away.
So today I have made three of these water units and placed them next to the roses in the new garden. I then made a ring of stones which when it gets cooler tonight I shall cement in place thus making a ‘waddy’ which when I pour the water in will make sure it soaks into the ground for that rose and does not run over the ground. I now have three more to make plus one for the lavender. So busy, busy ,busy.
Right I have to go need to get dinner I hope you like this I shall continue with another update later. I will post this tonight but if not then tomorrow when I have finished.
(Wife and Poetess)
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