This post is a plug for Lluis and Anna’s rather lovely holiday cottage in the mountains of northern Spain. It is called “Casa dos Artesans” and I will I am sure be returning with the family. It is the perfect spot for a group of folk who don’t want the standard beach holiday. If you are into walking, wildlife, craft, wine and local food and culture it is all here. The climate is my idea of perfect, far enough south to be beautifully warm and sunny in the day but with enough altitude to be cool at night. Here is the balcony outside my bedroom.
And finally a bit more info about my hosts. Anna is English and first went to Galecia in 1989 studying traditional ways of life as part of her MA. In 1995 she spent 6 months traveling and recording traditional craftspeople, many of whom have since died, the record she made is a wonderful document. In 2002 and she finally settled in Galecia with Lluis and concentrated on weaving the traditional Galician folk textiles. Anna makes lovely scarves and I bought one for Nicola, she is particularly interested in natural dying and weaving with natural fibres particularly linen. This is a small version of the traditional Galician farm sack.
Lluis was for 19 years a monk before training as a basketmaker. He has spent a further 19 years learning and teaching the traditional types of basket that were made in Northern Spain specialising in split wood basketry. I took this lovely basket with me on my morning walks, it is made of split sweet chestnut wood so seemed the perfect basket for gathering chestnuts.
Full details here.