Nothing much happens from one day to the next in the Barranco. It’s normally so peaceful, with the vecinos quietly getting on with tending their land and caring for their animals; and so when something does happen that requires a crane, it is something of note! That has happened twice now this year.
The first crane was required last January by Andre and Isobel. There had been an exceptionally good olive crop. The pair had worked really hard for more than a week, spreading nets below their trees and beating with sticks to dislodge the olives.
These were then loaded into a large canvas container, and when the container was full and the harvest complete, a lorry with an onboard crane arrived at their casa to haul it onto its rear for transport down to the olive oil factory in Albox. They had over 1000 kilos of olives, which made many litres of oil, that were mainly sold to the factory. We were fortunate enough to receive a large bottle as well.
Then, for one weekend of the year, the Barranquillos assemble from all parts of the globe, to meet up with extended families and friends for the annual fiesta. It is the one weekend of the year when we can walk home to Casa Erizo from the “bar that never shuts”; after enjoying music, dancing, games, paella and tapas. This year the Fiesta is in August, and I’ll tell you all about it then, but preparations have been going on to improve the fiesta site for several weeks now, and today a crane was needed to help complete the work.
|The crane supports the canopy|
Shade for the fiesta is essential, and normally a collection of tarpaulins are rigged over the rough concrete base of the fiesta site. This year though there has been much work initiated (I think by the Town Hall – there are elections next year, and last time they only won by 2 votes), to create a new attractive patterned floor surface; with safety rail; ramp to the stage; built in seating; and most impressively of all a huge decorative canopy frame for the material that will provide shade. So once again this year a crane appeared in the Barranco to suspend the canopy on metal stilts, while they were welded securely into position.
|One works while six supervise|
Viva la fiesta.