San Martin

November 12, 2017

While most of Europe celebrates Remembrance Day, here it’s St. Martin’s Day – San Martin. (Spain was officially neutral in both world wars, so they don’t have a Remembrance Day). San Martin is traditionally when the chestnuts are ready to pick, and the new wine from the summer’s grape harvest is ready to drink. (Although with global warming, the chestnuts have been in the shops for weeks.) So most families…

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San Martin

While most of Europe celebrates Remembrance Day, here it’s St. Martin’s Day – San Martin. (Spain was officially neutral in both world wars, so they don’t have a Remembrance Day). San Martin is traditionally when the chestnuts are ready to pick, and the new wine from the summer’s grape harvest is ready to drink. (Although with global warming, the chestnuts have been in the shops for weeks.) So most families…

November 13, 2009
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Chestnuts

October 4, 2007

Traditionally the chestnuts ripen in time for the Fiesta de San Martin (Martinmass)on November 11th. This year they’re already falling from the trees, which I suspect is one more sign of global warming. I picked a few to try a still life, just for fun. The bowl is a replica (from ancient Babylon, I think) that I bought ages ago from a museum catalogue.

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