Friday, December 8, 2017

La Virgen de la Esperanza

She's my favourite image of the Virgin, Mary, dear mother of Jesus. I love God very much, but don't consider myself very religious, which is humorously ironic since it's tradition for my very Catholic man to visit every church and cathedral of every city and town we come across. That means we've taken in centuries of Virgin Mary renditions. This Virgen, however, makes me stop and gaze a little longer. I asked Enrique her name and he said she's the Virgin of Sweet Expectation. She's just resting her hand on her unborn son, feeling him move and loving him as mothers do. She's so serene and calm at an event that will change the world. It's all about love. What a beautiful thing.
"The angel went to her and said, "Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you." Luke 1:28 Just a simple maiden with her hands stretched out to God saying, "Lord, thy will be done. I will abide."
#lavirgen #virgendeladulceespera #lavirgindelaesperanza #marydidyouknow
in the  Catedral de León.

I've never seen these; they are lovely, too.

Monday, November 13, 2017



The magical moment my students saw their beautiful melted crayon and leaf stained glass art against the light,

Finding a treasure today, my favorite bedtime tea in León, Spain, which I'm sipping as I write,

Going out for tapas and little beers with my wonderful friend and partner in lifes' joys and challenges,

Reading "Patria" together, a gripping Spanish novel and birthday gift from my literature students.
Many more blessings, but that's a start.

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Murano's Fancy Glass Beads

Fancy glass beads from the Venetian island of Murano. Murano glassmakers have developed and refined centuries-old glassmaking techniques for centuries and continue to specialize in their craft to to this day.
This bowl of beads, cast aside amongst so many other valuable treasures caught my eye. Eash one is so individual, so interesting. Many are porous, others are perfectly round, but almost all have some sort of flaw shouting out, "I'm hand-made, the real deal." Maybe that's just like us.
To be authentic we have to have holes and gaps and flaws. In all of it that's why we are most unique and beautiful. The collector in me wanted to bring the whole bowl of eye-candy home. I satisfied my longing with this photo instead.
#fancyglass #crystallineglass #enamelledglass #smalto #goldenglass#goldstone #multicoloredglass #millefiori #milkglass #lattimo#glassgemstones #figurines #comtemporary #traditional #Murano#Venice #Venetia #Venezia

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Pastries for the Dead

Pastries for the dead, or los dulces de los muertos sounds macabre. It sounds like something you'd find at the bakery, perhaps at Halloween, but in actuality these sweets are for All Saint's Day, All Saint's Day is celebrated every November 1 in Spain and many countries, as a day families remember those that have passed on.
The typical way to celebrate is meeting together at the gravesite (after mass for those who attend) of the loved ones, having cleaned and put new flowers on the tomb, and then continue the family reunion at a restaurant or individual homes. It's a sweet time of remembering those we loved and love. And these are the typical pastries to accompany the tradition:

Cada primero de Noviembre se celebra el Día de Todos los Santos. Además, esta celebración cuenta con varios dulces típicos de este día.

Saints Bones
Saints Bones, a marzipan dessert filled with egg custard from traditional recipes that have a popular name due to the shape of the roll which looks like a bone.
Huesos de Santo
Huesos de Santo, un postre de mazapán relleno de dulce de yema, una receta tradicional que ha llegado a popularizar su nombre por el aspecto de canutillo que recuerda a un hueso. 

A typical recipe for All Saints' Day that is made up of a dough of flour, butter and egg that is fried in oil. Similar to Saints' Bones, its origin is surely the Arabic kitchen, like that of most of the oil fried sweets.
(Metric) Ingredients for Fritters:
125 grams of flour
30 gr of butter
1/4 l of water
40 gr of sugar
4 eggs
grated lemon half
olive oil

Buñuelos de Viento
Una receta típica del día de Todos los Santos que están compuestos por una masa de harina, mantequilla y huevo que se fríe en aceite. Como en el caso de los huesos de santo, su origen seguramente, como el de todos los dulces que se pasan por aceite hirviendo, esté en la cocina árabe.
Ingredientes para la receta Buñuelos de viento:
125 gr de harina.
30 gr de mantequilla.
1/4 l de agua.
40 gr de azúcar.
4 huevos.
ralladura de medio limón.
aceite de oliva.

Además se nota la interacción con otros mundos, la cual ha traído dulces diferentes de otras zonas que se van integrando, algunos cercanos como los panellets catalanes, pero también los dulces que en México preparan para otro día, Día de los Muertos, para ofender a los muertos a los que llevan comidas sabrosas como una evocación de su amor por ellos.
-Texto Español de El Faro

Thursday, October 26, 2017

A Little Art Theory

Wednesdays are fast becoming the best day of the week.
Un poco de teoría de arte. Los miércoles rápidamente se están convirtiendo en el mejor día de la semana.

Friday, October 20, 2017

Leaves Fallen Flat

I once had a wooden frame that held two pieces of glass which I could slide out to place natural flower and leaf specimens between the panes. It was an especially beautiful way to exhibit and examine special finds from my walks. This time nature produced the same stunning effect as my frame did with autumn leaves fallen flat by the previous day's rain, horizontally pressed against the ceiling of Madrid's Cristal Palace.
#Madrid #parqueretiro #naturewalk #leaves #leaves #otoño #naturegeek #paseos #otoño #elretiro #palaciodecristal #cristalpalace #nofilter