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Date: 20 Aug 2009 19:23:32
Title: Another Spainish fiesta

Well the Spanish always seem to have their priorities in order. They have fiesta after fiesta for one saint or another. A few weeks ago the Mazarron Confeidura de Pescadores or Brotherhood of Fishermen paraded an icon for a saint around the bay by boat and across the paseo (seafront). A great day had by all and a lovely atmosphere steeped in symbolism for protection whilst at sea----should really have got the saints name !
 
So you can imagine our surprise when resting after a calm sleepy overnight anchorage we found ourselves in the middle of a procession for another saint.
 In La Azohia there is a lovely old quay where we saw a large fishing boat being filled to the brim with local families and lots of cheering children.
A small boat moved slowly from the quay, it was covered in flowers and had a small icon to another saint----again related to the sea but the name Maria......---- lost in my translation of Spanish.
The large fishing boat and about 30 more small boats sped across the bay diving either side of our and other anchored boats---they were waving, cheering and tooting horns as we all enjoyed the spectacle not unlike the start of a yacht race.
The boats travelled for about 2 miles to a place called Isla Plana. We suspect the icon was taken to a quaint shore side church there before being floated back to La Azohia.
 
Everyone knows the archetypal image of the Greek scooter complete with Grandparents, grandchildren, wooden boxes of fruit and veg and usually a couple of live chickens.
Well these boats were the Spanish equivalent filled with the whole family plus, plus, plus---- and the side decks near to the water line !
They were supported by a guy on a boat firing large rockets into the air all the way across the bay and back. He responded to Tony's toot on the fog horn by exploding one over our mast !!!
 
( see attached photos of procession )
 
The sun dropped over the Westerly facing bay with the sound of a woman's voice singing hymn like songs outside the local church to the crowd------ and then the party started.
A great aroma of barbecued fresh fish coming from the shore. Then just as we were about to go to sleep---around midnight----the music----no not a local flamenco in this sleepy village but a Beattles tribute band---------actually I remember thinking they weren't too bad as I lay in bed !!
 
Well as you can see Tioram hasn't really moved very far on the large map. We haven't written recent blogs because we didn't want to bore you with tales of domestic life onboard like blocked loo's and the maintenance and preparation for our longer trips mainly the Atlantic crossing. However the latest news is it was our 20th Wedding Anniversary on 12th August---and still smiling so we shared a bottle of Moet champagne that Tony bought  for me when we were first together, 23 years old  ----and some for the boat. ( see photos) 
Also we now have a cast off date from Mazarron on the 12th October to sail about 250 miles across the south coast of Spain to Gibraltar.
Our friends /Swanwick marina neighbours, Janet and Dominic are flying to Gibraltar to meet us on the 17th and we'll be setting sail 720 miles to Gran Canaria via Lanzarote arriving to catch their return flight by 24th.
 
Heres hoping our friends and family at home are all well, enjoying life and having a good time.
 
Lots love
 
Tina and Tony x x x
 
 
 

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