Thursday, 24 May 2018

April Purchases

I'm late with this shopping update, but I have some buys that are too good not to share!  The first April purchase was these Laura Ashley trousers, just £1.  I found them in a heap of clothes on a tarpaulin full of puddles at the car boot sale.  They're a bit loud, in a '60s kind of way.  I think that's why I like them.  I haven't worn them yet, because I don't have anything quite like them already and am wondering how to pull together an outfit around them.  I'm sure inspiration will strike one day.

march purchases @porcelinasworld

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Birthday in a Fish Shop and Other Stories

This year, it was a rather unusual birthday.  Normally I go on a day out in the UK, perhaps visiting a National Trust property and having a picnic.  It's always weather dependent, and in the days before I am anxiously looking at the forecast.  Not this year - sunshine was guaranteed in Spain!

The day started in our apartment with a lovely breakfast of scrambled eggs and smoked salmon, followed by the most gorgeous pink raspberry dessert from the popular Ruiz bakery, and a cheeky glass of pink cava to get things rolling.  It was going to be a day of sight-seeing and walking around, so I wore a simple white shirt dress that covered my shoulders, comfy sandals, and a headscarf to keep my hair off my face a little.

We hot-footed it across town then to the pick-up point for the mini-train.  Our destination was the famous Nerja caves, that we'd never actually been to before on any of our previous stays.  The ride is quite fun, through the streets of Nerja and then out on to the main road to the next little town of Maro.  The journey passes by lots of agricultural areas, a historic aqueduct, and the ruins of factories from a time when the sugar industry was at its peak.

birthday 2018 @porcelinasworld

Monday, 14 May 2018

Spanish Fiestas

On my latest holiday to Spain, the timing was perfect to experience some traditional Spanish fiestas!
There were two fiestas while we were there, both full of music, dancing, food and fabulous costumes.  Scroll through to see lots of photos, including a few snaps of what I wore (which paled in comparison to the amazing finery that the local ladies were decked out in!).

The 3rd of May is the Day of the Crosses (Dia de la Cruz), celebrated across many towns in Spain.  Various localities within each town compete with an artistic cross display, and of course each is accompanied by a street party.  The main town display in Nerja was in the square outside El Salvador church, right outside our apartment.  From early in the morning I watched as the cross was erected and mounds of fresh rosemary and thyme strewn around it.  The scent was wonderful.

Armed with a map from the tourist office detailing the location of the other crosses in the town, we wandered the streets, coming across some rather lively street parties!  Later in the day, the main square was packed with dancers all waiting for their turn to perform.

Dia de la Cruz Nerja 2018 @porcelinasworld

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