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Autumn Fruit And Versatility

Sometimes I keep photos flagged for use at a later stage and then, with the passing of time, I forget where the photo was taken. Take today’s photo as an example. I was pretty sure that it shows a sundial of Es Sindicat in Felanitx, the cooperative wine making bodega founded here in 1919 and built between 1921 and 1922. But then, I wasn’t absolutely sure and thus, I had to do some cross-checking my photo library and archive to ascertain the where and what and when.

I got it right this time. There are occasions when circumstances prevent me from locating the vital data and make it necessary to postpone a blog entry until the time when I get all the facts right on the chosen photo.

The Sindicat sundial is carefully crafted by a presumably unknown stone mason under the guidance of the commissioning architect, Guillem Forteza, probably in 1922. The carving shows grapes, figs and other fruit and berries together with leaves and other unidentified plant material. I quite like the detail and the general craftsmanship. Sadly, the sundial is in a lamentable state of deterioration, as is the whole building. This time it is not La Crisis that we can blame but, ignorance and greed on the part of the current owners.

By the way, the Mallorca Daily Photo Blog was nominated yesterday for the Versatile Blogger Award by Anita Mac, a loyal reader and fellow blogger from Canada. The blog entry yesterday was my 1,600th Mallorcan daily snippet, and this is the first official recognition in the blogging world or nomination for such that has been bestowed on MDPB. Whilst I am grateful to Anita Mac for the nomination, I am still busy doing some web searching to try to find out what the Versatile Blogger thing is all about. I’ll let you know when I have managed to shed some light on the issue. For now, thank you very much, Anita Mac. I like your photos, too, and I am somewhat envious of all the adventures you have embarked upon so far.

The photo was taken in Felanitx, Mallorca, Baleares, Spain. The date: July 5th, 2011. The time was 12:23:18.

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October 2011


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