Fantastic adventures in beautiful Basque Country, Spain

A wrap up of our time in Olabe

My partner and I have been staying at a farm in scenic and historic Basque Country. The farm is called Olabe. In the time we have stayed, we have built a yurt and a rock pathway, and helped in a number of ongoing projects like clearing brambles, fencing and removing part of a rock wall. We have also had time to see some fantastic sites and sights along the coastline and in the hills.

Some highlights;

We met a lot of warm and generous people. We helped a neighbour move his cattle to a different field and had a ball doing so! It was a beautiful morning in the hills.

Travelling cattle herding Spain Europe

Later that day, he dropped us off home made chorizo! Our host Joseba recommended frying it. 

Chorizo home made fresh local neighbourly

Chorizo cheese bread simple delicious Basque Food  

Every day after this, he would drop us off half a dozen lemons, or a huge cauliflower, or a couple of giant leeks. Neighbourly!

Speaking of food, every meal looked like a different version of this; hearty and healthy and cooked by a fabulous chef with real love!

Home cooked Basque Country family meal

The countryside is beautiful. Mountainous, pine forested, the sky like a massive cerulean-blue bowl upturned onto us.

Scenic countryside sustainable energy Basque Country spain

View to Argiñeta Ellorrio Basque Country

Beach walking Spain beauty nature

Spotted a lot of fascinating nature that I had never seen in real life before! Like Fly Agaric. Although I have crocheted a lot of this very mushroom in the past, I had only seen it in photos.

Mushroom picking nature hikes Spain

We learned some valuable lessons about building, research, connecting to people, landscaping, baking, kittens and children.

Mongolian yurt building project Spain

Kitten climbing leg farm visit Spain

Again, the beautiful landscape. There is a rich history to the culture of the Basque Country; I am overjoyed to be able to have been amongst it, even for only a short time. This was taken near the Argiñeta in Ellorrio. A very old cemetery with an interesting take on burial…not earth burial, cremation or sky burial.

Beautiful walk to cemetery Spain

Tourist sights fish marina Spain

Spanish house design interesting stained glass

Lastly, time for the appreciation of lollies and treats I have never seen before!

Spanish lollies candies sweets different from home

Fingers, skulls, troll dolls, m&m’s with different letters?! Brilliant

Colacao chocolate beverage Spanish drink

Colacao, everyday drinking chocolate of champions


Assembling a yurt

Assembling a yurt; part two

About kellymarietheartist

I am an artist who, up until recently, was living and exhibiting within Toowoomba and the greater Granite Belt district. I have since packed up and left Australia, and am currently living and working in England. My work engages the craft involved in handmaking within a contemporary art context. I am drawn to the physicality of repetitive textile processes, and this is transcribed though the tactile quality of my forms. In particular, processes such as crochet, sewing and rug making serve as a proxy for growth within my personal environment. Many of my works imitate situations in nature, and they form organically as I create each individual piece, each addition both a continuation and re-enforcement of its predecessors. I enjoy using recycled materials for many of my works. Using crochet and other textile techniques to do this is an important part of my work as it celebrates a tradition of craft that has historically been relegated to 'women's work', with all the negative connotations that entails.
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