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There Be Dragons

This is the time of year when the Correfoc’s take place. These are the traditional pageants to drive the devil out of the village or town and bring good harvests and luck.  So as always we try to go to the one in Tivissa and Rasquera. So around 9pm on Saturday night we set off arriving just as they had begun to move off.

 

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In Rasquera I counted about 6 teams who gather in the square some with their dragons others just fire dancers, waiting to be told to go.  All the people dancing with the fireworks are clothed in fireproof suits with various designs on them and the reason for staggering the start is because each team has a ‘trolley’ with their fireworks in and this follows behind the drums which accompanies each team. Noisy eh? wonderful…

The Fun Begins

 

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Then  come the dragons whirling and twirling around covered in fireworks and thoroughly enjoying themselves.  Youngsters are seated on fathers shoulders to watch all this whilst some of the older people and teenagers  dressed in old clothes with scarves round their faces bandit style and hats to cover their hair soak themselves with water and join the dancers under the fireworks.  One year in our village when I was younger, I was given the top half of a dancer’s costume and joined in the dancing believe me to do this you need to be fit plus it gets very hot wearing the protective clothing and I only had the jacket on.  We never intended to take pictures but wife+ phone produced these  hope you enjoy:-

Dancing

 

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There Be Dragons Dancing

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Having Fun

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Happy Fiesta People…

(c) Michael Douglas Bosc

 

 

 

 

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Tivissa Petanca Social

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El President

As you know I have been playing Petanca for a few years during which time I have made some good friends, had quite a few laughs, lost a few competitions, won hams, wine, cheese, dried sausages, olive oil and the odd cup.  This year I can honestly say that when I have played – after the road trip – I have really enjoyed myself.

Getting Ready

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It’s Tivissas Fiesta this weekend so yesterday found us at the club for the Petanca Social.  We arrived early just as the prizes were being set out under the trees they looked quite impressive.

About Tivissa

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This is a quiet little town, loads of history, located below the La Llena massif which overlooks the Petanca courts and football ground.  Tivissa is part of a municipality which includes the village of La Serra d’Almos and the hamlets of Darmos and Llaberia, and can trace its origins back to prehistoric times, and during the Roman period amphorae’s were made here presumably to transport the Olive oil and wines that Catalunya was noted for even then.

Practice

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The afternoon was cool, the mountains looking what they are, solid hard rock covered in pines and greenery, not soft like they do on a spring afternoon. Clouds were gathering but no rain, just a pleasant breeze, so a little practice was in order whilst everyone arrived and caught up on news.

To decide who plays in which team, the names of the pickers were assigned  numbers then the names of everyone else are given numbers. Next all the numbers are placed into a container which was shaken then a number drawn and matched to a picker to make a team, simples.  Once this was done we were allotted our courts and we wandered off to enjoy a few serious games.

Prize Giving

 

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The afternoon passed quickly, it seemed as though we had just started.  Amador and I had won our group and were in the play offs, as we had played in doubles there were three teams of two.  So I have posted the photos in order of last first.  As always on these occasions the Alcalde was there to present the prizes accompanied by a young lady. You can see that there were smiles all round especially from me.  We then repaired to the buffet which as always was well laid out with a selection of goodies to nibble on.

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A Happy Chappie

Bon fiesta Tivissa.  Oh and thank you once again to the Alcalde, I am fine now.

(c) Michael Douglas Bosc

 

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It’s that time of year again, and after our holiday I am back playing in the petanca competitions.  The first one in Tivissa was played in very hot 39/40dgs sunshine and I had really forgotten how hot it can get.  Our  team (Gil, Maria and me)  didn’t win anything but it was the first time we had played in a competition as a team so not too disappointed. As you can see from the first picture even at 8.30am people were sitting in the shade trying to keep out of the sun, and that is mountain steam not smoke around them. It got hotter as the day wore on and the tents were most welcome especially where my wife was concerned she, like a lot of others, does not fare too well in these temperatures. So these are the pictures of the competition and winners hope you enjoy:

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The Game

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The Winners

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Ever since we have known the club and played at Tivissa the Alcalde has been there to present the prizes. He is also at the various club events to hand out the prizes, a true supporter and a very nice man.  He was here at the competition welcoming the visitors and home team alike, made us laugh a little, then got down to the serious business of presenting the prizes. Whilst being kind enough to be patient with this photographer.  You can see why everyone is smiling.

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Next weekend we are at Asco just the other side of our mountains but still a bit of a drive.  I will post the photos later and as we now have satellite wifi (joined the tech world).

(c) Michael Douglas Bosc

 

 

 

 

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Well this is us, not with my home club but with our friends from Tivissa. They were having a Petanca evening and had invited us to join them. My wife likes taking photos of club members and winners at the various competitions we go to, so she took along her camera and these are the photos maybe not professional but certainly family, and I think she has done us proud.

Not long after we arrived we were presented with ´team´shirts which, of course,  we promptly put on.  This was an unexpected gift  from some very nice friends. They make us feel welcome whenever we meet and accept that my wife is not very good at Petanca, mind you she has her moments.  But they give her loads of encouragement just as they do to the younger members of their club, which relaxes her so she always enjoys playing there. There were several younger people there some perhaps around 10 yrs, old all practicing, it is so nice to see the younger generation being encouraged to not only join the club but play as well.

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These are the trophies we were playing for and believe me the competition was fierce. You know a game is serious when the tape measure come’s out those few milimeters make all the difference.  After the games were over but before the presentations, out came the tables which were then laid with various nibbles and drinks.  The Alcalde (Mayor) of Tivissa arrived with two other members of his council to present the cups then everyone tucked in.  I could carry on describing things but here’s all of us enjoying the event.

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The games commence, spectators watch and comment, and the measure comes out – which ball is nearer the bouletchi? which team wins the point?

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The Alcalde (he’s the tall guy in the light blue check shirt) and his officials present the trophies, then everyone tucks in, wonderful.

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And showing us how to drink from the traditional jug is our good friend Rocca, bueno bowler and very funny man. Take a good look at him because as well as being good at Petanca he is a master carpenter, although he will not admit it.

We are grateful to our Friends in Tivissa for inviting us to share their evening.  Good fun, good food but above all good friends.

© Michael Douglas Bosc

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Well as I was saying Petanca season has begun and this Sunday we were at Asco. Asco? well Asco is the home of one of the two nuclear power stations in Catalonia, and sits on the river Ebro. Like most places on the Ebro, Asco has its castle where the Knights Templer used to watch over their valley and river for invaders and collected taxes from the bargees.

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So off we set this morning under an uncertain sky, into town to pick up a club member, crossed the bridge – looks familiar? (ah well this bridge was here long long before a certain food company was formed the original was distroyed during the Spanish Civil War) turned inland and headed for the pass.  The road through this pass wends and winds it’s way along side the Ebre, which glides by towards the sea on its way from Asco.  This is a pleasant journey although short through the mountains, the green of shrub and trees covering one side contrasting with the bare rock on the other. This is a National Park area so there might be the chance to glimpse an Eagle or mountain Goat. What you do see is the river running quietly past gravel islands exposed reflecting the blue of the sky – well this morning it was a sort of greyish blue – then as it curves inland there are olive, fruit and  almond groves which stay with you until you cross the river again at the entrance to Asco.

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Now I have often mentioned the Petanca Breakfast. No? well this is it:  you have a bocadillo -a baguette with tomato rubbed into it then filled with Hammon (air-dried ham) plus olives accompanied by water and local red wine. Believe me it is something we all relish, a little something to wake you up and get you playing. This is the Tivissa group enjoying theirs, then comes the competition it’s self.

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Petanca is taken quite seriously here, and the local television station turns up to film the event. When it comes to prize giving they are there showing everyone receiving their prizes then interviewing the winners and secondplace teams.  As you can see from this picture there are Mora trees (the fruit is a cross between a blackberry and raspberry very tasty)  and the shade was certainly needed yesterday as it was in the 30 dgs range.

Well we started around 9am and the final was around 2pm with a Tivissa team coming second overall winning hams.  Third places won a large round goats cheese plus a large dried sausage then the rest of us won three bottles of Corbera d’Ebre young wines very nice too. This is a wine called Mas Del Tio which I am rather partial to, a very sippable wine so I was more than happy, and if you would like to know more this is the link http://bit.ly/qvGwGd.  So here are our clubs with our prizes, first Mora d’Ebre only two teams won:

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Then Tivissa, the individual and group photos:

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Yes this is an enjoyable game and also lots of fun. As the competitions are played on Sundays when everyone has a day off, they are definitely Fun In The Sun Sundays!

©    Michael Douglas Bosc

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