Saturday, 13 September 2008

Fun On The Finca

Mamaduck has been working as a volunteer on a little farm (finca, in Spanish) in Aranjuez for the last week, and will be doing the same for the coming week too. Today was her day off, so I got the train to Aranjuez this morning - it's only a 40-minute trip from Madrid. We mooched around the town for a bit - it has several palaces and places of interest, and we took the 50-minute Chiquitren tour of the town.



The Chiquitren is the kind of thing you see in lots of tourist places - the 'engine' is built to look like an old steam locomotive, but it's actually a deisel-driven truck pulling three 'carriages'. The carriages are open-sided and extremely cramped: if you were not well-acquainted with the person opposite you at the start of the trip, you certainly would be by the end after you'd had each other's knees in your groin for the duration. We could barely walk by the time we got off.

We had a long slow lunch, and then at 4 p.m. it was cool enough to set off walking to the finca. It took about an hour, and we were more than ready for a brief siesta. Then I had a tour of the place, which is actually on two sites. The volunteers - last week there were five of them, next week it's down to four - stay on the 'huerta', or vegetable garden. The owners of the finca stay on the other site, down the lane, with two slobbery dogs, two donkeys, a horse, two pigs and a bunch of chickens.





And at about about 7.30 we set off back to the railway station and I caught the train back to Madrid: totally chilled and completely exhausted by long walks and that special air you get in the country.

Tonight in Madrid is 'La Noche En Blanco' - The White Night. This is the third year they've been doing this, and basically there's loads of events going on all through the night, and lots of major galleries are open and free. Being a boring old knackered fart, I won't be partaking. Sorry. But at least I gave you a picture of a pig.

6 comments:

Abu Dhabi/UAE Daily Photo said...

I once called Aranjuez my home. Would love to see more shots from the day!

alexander... said...

And a very fine pig it is, too! :)

nzm said...

Heh - Alexander's thinking bacon!

That pig has the nicest eye(s) I've ever seen on a pig.

Jayne said...

I've never seen a pig with such a laid back expression in its eyes!
Reminds me...........must buy streaky for Friday breakfast.....

Katie said...

Would you or Mama Duck be kind enough to give me some info about the farm? Sounds very interesting. Is it organic?

LadyLuz said...

Ah, ah....I thought that nutty style was familiar. I see Mama Duck and you are a couple.

Love both your blogs.