This year was only the second one when we have been in Mas for the
Fira Cultural. It is a week long event focusing on basket making
and local cuisine as well as having a Catalan film night, Habaneros
singing night, a Paella night and even fireworks. The new village
museum which focuses on basketry and other local crafts is a bit
unreal in a place the size of Mas, but well worth the visit. Various
village ladies are demostrating their basket making techniques and
their solidarity with the traditions involved. The olive cart in
the museum is just beautiful. We had the rusted remains of one left
in the Moli, but it was firewood material. The spirit witch standing
in the museum stairwell is wonderful.
Part timers, Mary & Richard were enjoying the summer in Mas
and we joined forces at the paella night. I'm sure I was having
my ear bent by Richard in the cause of some shaggy dog story in
this photo. PG & Mary look a lot more tranquil together. There
were about 500 people being fed & entertained till late. It
was a great night. I entertained the locals in my kilt.
Now we had to choose which puppies we would keep and which ones
had to go. D'oli, Panda & Piglet made the keepies list while
the other eight went to a good dog rescue centre near L'Aldea.
is the biggest and most adventurist with Panda next and Piglet is
a scared little girl. They have been moved into the pen with Theo
& Bran, so there is quite a lot of rough & tumble.
did not like them getting in her face or near the food when she
was eating. After a couple of weeks, Bran didn't come back from
her morning run. Although she was very humanised (unlike Cleo),
she was always only interested in herself. She was another lovely