TORSOS

DAY 27 Thursday 27 September

 

My sister sent me a photograph of a beautiful marble female torso in the Archaeological Museum in Athens; she is headless, limbless and immobile.

 Crimson Mother 2. Limbless and immobile. Mono prints on paper.

Crimson Mother 2. Limbless and immobile. Mono prints on paper.

It has set me off in a new direction with the ‘Madres Carmesi’, there now seems to be a link between of the watery, blue Naiad heads and the earthy, crimson Mothers torsos.

 Crimson Mother 3

Crimson Mother 3

In the afternoon I walked along the River Chelva to La Luz, which is a ruined water turbine electricity  generating station set in a deep ravine.

 La Luz- a ruined water turbine electricity generating plant on the Chelva River. 1952-1981.

La Luz- a ruined water turbine electricity generating plant on the Chelva River. 1952-1981.

Spanish geology is dramatic and raw, you can see massive mudslides in the cliff walls and huge boulders litter the river valley floor; the landscape displays the manner of its making.

 The ravine walls are massive mudslides. Local flora including Kermes Oak; showing the thorny acorns and holly-like leaves.

The ravine walls are massive mudslides. Local flora including Kermes Oak; showing the thorny acorns and holly-like leaves.

It was a steep climb out of the valley with dramatic views to the mountains and some interesting flora; I came across more Kermes Oaks, but no scale-insects were in residence. The view back to Chelva is a delight.

 View across the valley to Chelva, a steep climb out of the ravine and views to the mountains. 

View across the valley to Chelva, a steep climb out of the ravine and views to the mountains. 

Lots of new plants to discover. Asparagus (bottom left) grows wild here and you can harvest it in spring. Prickly pears look delicious. 

 Local flora

Local flora

I bought supper from the local fishmonger (there are two in the town!). Baby hake - very delicious pan-fried with garden red pepper and mushrooms. 

 Pan fried hake with homegrown peppers. 

Pan fried hake with homegrown peppers.