We are delighted to be back in Gaucín until the end of May. The weather is amazing, far warmer then it should be and there has been very little rain at all this year, so we are all still practicing our rain dances, whilst loving the sunshine. I’ve posted this photo because for once there was not a single car in-front of Casa Mosaica, the sky was so blue and the Jacob tree blossom was looking lovely! As you can see we have been re-painting the wall and the front of the house…..It’s very white, you need strong sunglasses to look at it! The garden was looking so lovely when we arrived in early April, the spring jasmine over the pergola in full bloom, the first roses, lots of colourful bougainvillea, lemons and the Clivias looking their best ever. Thanks to Raffa for all his help and hard work in the garden.
We arrived back in time to see a couple of the spectacular processions in the village leading up to Easter. On Thursday 6th it was the celebration of the last supper followed by a procession through the village accompanied by the village band. On Friday 7th April, the Stations of the Cross mass was followed by a solemn procession, accompanying women wearing the Mantilla, the traditional lace or silk veil and the village band.
The “Villa de Gaucin” Band is a Musical Association created in 1992 to promote musical training in the village through the creation of a musical group. For educational and social purposes. Some of the band members were very young.
Calle Larga, the road up to the church of Saint Sebastian, emptied of cars for the Easter processions.
Patrick and Susan Elvin from the village organised a wonderful concert to celebrate Easter at the Iglesia Santa Maria Mayor in Ronda on the 15th April.
And a beautifully sung mass at the Gaucín church. A Cappella, music of the Renaissance. We are very lucky to have such excellent local musicians near by.
Of course Easter Sunday was “El Toro de Cuerda” Bull on a rope in Gaucín. A festival that I and probably other foreigners don’t feel particularly comfortable with, especially on Easter Sunday, and hence no photos as we do not attend! The town hall website calls it a Pagan festival with religious origins celebrated in honour of the Risen Jesus Christ. With origins lost in the mists of time, possibly going back to the time of the Romans.
As well as the fresh white washing of the front and side of Casa Mosaica I have also added some more terracotta paint details to the garden side of the main house and we have put in a new bath in the Casita, which needed replacing as well as used “microcement” in a lovely strong blue on the bath surround and the floor. It’s looking very colourful! I have some great availability offers in both the Apartment and the Casita as follows: If you know anyone who might be interested please pass it on.
Apartment: (sleeps up to 4 guests + a baby) 13th to 27th May. 14 nights €2,700 less 25% = €2,025 15th - 24th July. 9 nights €1,950 less 15% = €1,657 19th August - 2nd September. 14 nights €3,030 less 15% = €2,575