What a day with the kids!
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Slowly it seems things Covid-wise are returning to some kind of normal. Please do not say the new normal! For instance, Pou Piques commissioned a sculpture from Miguel and in line with this a lunch. Before, this would not have been permitted, what with these “bubbles”. This defo was not a bubble. The event happened to be on the hottest day in El Maestrat of the year so far, and a day after the hottest day ever recorded in the history of Spain – 47.8 in Cordoba.
Needless to say we arrived in a pool of sweat and left in one too.
It was cool in the big old house at first due to its extremely thick old stone walls, but with the family and children going in and out, the doors open and the heat rising like a phoenix, by the end of the afternoon even the house interior was steamy. At least our skin had a healthy smooth sheen. And the horses seemed happy enough. They even placed themselves nicely within the drawings on the wall behind them.
Right now, back home and sitting in my underwear, I am too hot to write much more. There is absolutely no air movement and the air that there is, is about 40c.
Still I want to finish this. Though I know it will be probably about a week. It’s the fiestas after all! Well..
I was very happy to meet Domingo’s wife at last and his daughter, 4 year old Julia, after which my favourite wine is named. They are both as feisty as each other, though both in different ways due to the obvious age differences. I had a good chuckle. Also there was Domingo’s brother, Martin, his fabulous wife, three children and the mother-in-law.
It felt very intimate and I enjoyed all the children running around. The erection of the sculpture took quite some time with the aid of luke- warm beers from the vans. I found that quite funny. In the end the sculpture was placed in a provisional space due to the extreme heat.
We ate heartedly and of course we bought a few crates of wine before leaving – not as cheap as before but still a total bargain in the scheme of things. This time beautifully roasted meat was served. Far too hot to do the traditional paella!!
Domingo let drop that he is still trying to become ecological and a solo tour of a few of his vineyards backed this up. More leafs had a few nibbles in them and there were some strange bubbles here and there too. What a scandal! But it looked better and to be honest I aim to buy imperfect veggies when I go shopping. ! I have these “defects” in my oleanders and cannot say it impacts the plants or flowers at all. If anything it seems to make them aim for the moon. Hello! Embrace defects.
Next week Domingo will be harvesting some land further south that he has sadly become responsible due to the death of a young relative of his. Then he is up to Tirig due to the divorce of good friends. I’m knackered, he said, and I believe him even though he looked as always, just fabulous. This wine thing is clearly a labour of love. With a little help from his friends…