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Gravediggers

You might remember that I told you about my female postman before, the one I am on kissing terms with. Imagine my surprise when yesterday she let on that she was applying for the job of gravediggeress(?), here, at the Municipal cemetery of Felanitx. Apparently, the oposiciones (entrance exams) are held today. All applicants have to sit these exams, and it seems that 13 people in total are applying for the vacancy. The exams are both, written as well as practical, in such matters as concrete mixing and stuff.

I hope she does well, my post office lady, even though I shall be sorry to see her go. Of course, I might well need her new services one day but, naturally, not on a daily basis.

When I went to our cemetery yesterday I managed to speak to one of the gravediggers in charge. They not only place the coffins into their respective graves or niches, they are also responsible for all the cemetery’s maintenance, including the gardening, pruning, cleaning and generally, keeping a clean ship, so to speak. The very friendly man told me that this Felanitx cemetery was inaugurated in 1814 and thus, will be coming up for its bicentenary in a couple of years’ time. The Felanitx cemetery is one of the nicer ones on the island, as far as I am concerned. It is not quite as special as the one in Sóller, and it lacks the distant views to the sea that the one in Son Servera offers, but, with Puig des Calvari and Puig de Sant Salvador in its proximity as a backdrop, it makes for a very special setting.

The photo was taken near Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: February 23rd, 2010. The time was 13:35:28.

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