Posidonia Oceanica

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You may have found these small balls of odd matter on the beach in Mallorca, or if you haven’t, your children may have played with them or your grandchildren.

Be that as it may, in case you wondered, they are a waste-product of the Posidonia Oceanica which is a sea grass and a very important one at that. The Posidonia grass is not an algæ. Instead it belongs to the plant class of Liliopsidas. The grass blades grow to a length of 100 cm and in a depth of up to 40 m deep. The plant forms undersea meadows, some of which quite large.

The Posidonia only grows in clean unpolluted water and is considered by scientist an infallible testimony to a healthy marine environment. The sea grass is called the lung of the Mediterranean as it absorbs up to 16 litres of carbon dioxide per square metre/day. We are lucky here in the Balearic islands to have such a large existence of this important plant. Let’s hope it will remain so for a very long time. But the plant is already considered a threatened species requiring protection.

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Anyway, the balls or Egagropili are created from the debris of the dead Posidonia leaves and other seabed matter, and are formed by the waves into small ball shaped specimen for your or your children’s enjoyment.

The main photo was chosen from my archive. It was not taken on the beach but in my house in the town of Felanitx, Mallorca. The date: October 2nd, 2007. The time was 15:19:08.

The smaller photo was borrowed from the Internet, courtesy of M.A.P.A., the Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food. Muchas gracias to them.

Posidonia Oceanica

Matanza Time

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November is the time of the year when Mallorcan families celebrate matanzas.

A pig has been reared all year long. Now it is time to slaughter the animal, to make butifarrons, sobrassadas and other embutidos to provide nourishment throughout the year. Friends and neighbours are invited to join the celebrations and to help with the meat processing. A happy event and a great Mallorcan tradition.

The photo was taken near the town of Felanitx, Mallorca, Spain. The date: November 11th, 2007. The time was 11:44:20.

Matanza Time

Hail, Raimundus Lullus

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Raimundus Lullus, better known as Ramon Llull, was a writer, a mystic and a philosopher from the 13th Century. He was born in Palma de Mallorca in 1232. His personæ is hailed as one of the pillars of Mallorcan cultural history.

Llull has written 265 works, quite possibly even more, in a number of languages, mainly in Catalán, Latin, Arabic and Occitane. He wrote the first novel ever to be written in the Catalán language, Blanquerna, which is considered by some as the first European novel. His major works are said to be Ars Magna and Llibre de Meravelles.

He lived as a hermit for nine years after he had a religious epiphany. He became a Franciscan monk and later established Miramar, a Franciscan monastery in the Mallorca Tramuntana mountains. He preached unification of the three monotheistic faiths of the world, Judaism, Christianity and Islam. He was a truly amazing man.

Llull died in 1316. You can visit his grave (see photo) at the church of San Francisco, in Palma.

The photo was chosen from my archive. It was taken in Palma de Mallorca. The date: January 10th, 2006. The time was 18:35:02.

Hail, Raimundus Lullus

Honey is Good For You

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The village of Llubí in the central plane of Mallorca celebrated its annual Honey Festival the day before yesterday, the VIII Fira de La Mel 2007.

Mallorcan honey is quite popular due to its superior quality. Mallorcan honey is a totally natural product. It is unheated, unfiltered, untreated and unblended. Production volume is quite limited on a small island like ours. 2007 estimates are for no more than 100 tons of the Mallorcan nectar.

Apart from pure honey, other derivate products were on sale as well: honeyed figs, honeyed apricots, honeyed hazelnuts, honey combs, Gelée Royale (Royal Jelly), pollen, honey wine, Mead, honeyed rum, candles, bees wax, you name it. Come and pay a visit, perhaps next year, again in November. Let’s hope for better weather then.

The photo was taken in the village of Llubí, Mallorca, Spain. The date: November 25th, 2007. The time was 13:28:04.

Honey is Good For You

Greetings From the Silver Lady

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Not many Rolls Royce motor cars find their way to the sleepy town of Felanitx in eastern Mallorca. And why should they?

The one I spotted the other day was a Silver Seraph, I suppose, built sometime between 1998 and 2002.

Does the fact that I took this photo make me some sort of a trainspotter now? In case you want to know, I have not chased any other Rolls Royces ever, honest.

The photo was taken in the town of Felanitx, Mallorca, Spain. The date: November 24th, 2007. The time was 11:09:41.

Greetings From the Silver Lady

Hoorray for Clementines

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The good news about winter time is that this is the season for oranges, mandarines, tangerines, clementines and satsumas.

There are Spanish oranges of this year’s crop already in the markets, but I prefer to wait for the Mallorcan produce. They do not look as perfect as the imported varieties from your local supermarket, but they are much tastier and jucier, I think.

The local clementinas (citrus reticulata), however, are out already in full freshness. Don’t be deterred by the greenish shades of their skins. That’s just the way they grow here in Mallorca. And they are a steal, at about 1 € per kilogramme. Delicious. And so much goodness. All these vitamins. Why not have a clementinas/banana/kaki smoothie with a dash of lemon and a sprinkle of grated ginger for breakfast?

The photo was taken in the town of Felanitx, Mallorca, Spain. The date: November 18th, 2007. The time was 12:46:12.

Hoorray for Clementines

Yesteryear

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If your heart is into old things of Yesteryear, you might check on one of the many flea markets that the island of Mallorca holds, every week. You may not find an Old Master, if that is what you are looking for, but just act cool in case you should.

Mercadillos or Rastros are such collectibles markets of old stuff. The biggest flea market is on every Saturday morning in the Avenidas, in Palma. Sunday is the potentially best one, with Encants marketday in the village of Consell. You can also try your luck on Tuesday in Artà, Friday in Llucmajor, Saturday in Campos, or Sunday in Santa Maria del Camí.

The photo was chosen from my archive. It was taken in Campos. The date: August 11th, 2007. The time was 11:51:09.

Yesteryear