Las Mayas- Colmenar Viejo Nr Madrid, Spain

Every year on the 2nd May in a tradition that dates back to Medieval times the families and friends  of 5 of the chosen  village girls aged between about 7 and 11  build altars with flowers and herbs that they have gathered from the countryside the previous day. The girls or “Las Mayas” then have to sit on the altars for around 2 hours, with out talking, smiling or moving while roving musicians extoll their beauty and their friends dressed in white dresses and black boleros attend them and brush the villagers coats in exchange for coins.  The Mayas and attendants then process to a local church to complete the festival.

Las Mayas - Spanish May Queen

Spanish Las Maya Girl 2 SML


Adrian was away at a PAGB Executive Meeting this weekend in London ………So I persuaded my youngest son to come with me on a trip to The Royal Armouries at Leeds,,,,,,,,,,,and this was my image created from the day

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Here are the main components I needed to create the image

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Edinburgh Fringe

We had a quick trip up to the Fringe Festival last weekend and managed to take a few photos, between some fabulous food and cocktails ………this one inspired me to give the picture a kind of pre raphelite  look, which I achieved with the help of a photo I took of a painting with a garland at Tatton Park a couple of months ago, while out on our first trip for the LWC (Ladies What Click!!!!!) Pre Raph Garland4a

Fairy Wishes

After a busy few weeks sorting out both the SRGB Exhibition and PAGB APM Entries, Di and I decided to treat ourselves to a day out fairy hunting……….We managed to dodge the showers and had a fun day out with our cameras……….No boys allowed !!!!

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