Picture of the Week

19 June 2013

Week 24: en la huerta de Carmen

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It was a week where the best things happened during the weekends. Not that work was particularly bad this week, but let’s face it: cycling around the province of Alicante, taking pictures, and enjoying long, leisurely meals with friends in beautiful surroundings beats the office any time.

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One of my bicycle rides this week took me along this road, between Busot and Jijona:
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Just before Jijona, there is a small obelisk at the edge of the road. I assume it is a memorial to a traffic accident victim, a common practice here in Spain:
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Jijona on a Sunday is a really sleepy town:
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We were invited to a birthday party of the guy in this picture. The cheesecake with strawberries in the foreground is one of my wife’s star creations:
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The weather is nice now, and during the day the beaches are full. But in late afternoon or early evening, they are almost empty:
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Bottle recycling container near the gym I go to. Someone thought they might as well recycle the beer hat too:
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My kind of shopping, my kind of shop, conveniently located in the centre of Alicante, on my way home from work:
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Then, on Saturday, our good friends Carmen and Hilarión, had invited us to have lunch at their country house outside Almoradí. The remaining images are from that wonderful day.

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This is the overall setting–the house is set among orange and lemon trees:
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Hilarión, the Master of the Paella:
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The work of the master:
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Carmen and Hilarión are in the wine business, so their serving table is an old wine barrel:
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Carmen:
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My colleague Javier with his son Ivo. Ivo was curious about the big yellow thing:
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The taste test did not turn out favourably:
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After several hours of food and wine, it was time to go home…but not quite yet, because Hilarión wanted to make us an evening snack, a tortilla de patatas:
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And so this was our evening snack. First, a salad made of ingredients bought at the Almoradí outdoor market that morning:
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Then Hilarión’s tortilla and chorizo and embutidos from the local butcher to finish a perfect day in the countryside:
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