Six word Saturday


Waiting for a little night music!

The sun begins to set over FIESA in the Algarve

The sun starts to set on FIESA, in the Algarve

Click on any photo to view the gallery

What ARE they thinking?

What ARE they thinking?

Willy Wonka!

Disapproving of Willy Wonka?

The musical

It’s Show Time!

What did I say?

What?  What did I say?

Not late again!

Not late again!

I’ve visited the International Sand Sculpture FIESA, at Pera, several times, but never in the evening. This Summer I arrived just as the sun was starting to fade.  At first I wandered, nodding and smiling in recognition, and admiring the craftsmanship.  Choosing favourites.  Gradually the sand sculptures took on colour.  Just a spotlight or two at first.

Time to sit in the cafe with Laurel and Hardy and wait

Time to sit in the cafe with Laurel and Hardy, and wait

For the colours to deepen

For the colours to deepen

With great drama!

Enhancing the drama

And a smile or two

With a smile or two

And a frown!

And a frown!

A thoughtful d-j

Don’t knock the d-j!

And that inimitable group again!

Or the world’s greatest rock band

I imagine you’ve guessed that the theme this year is Music.  FIESA started in 2003 and runs from late March till October each year, so if you happen to be in the area, you just have time!  Full details are on the link.

Hope I’ve kept you entertained for a little while.  Have a great weekend and don’t forget to join me on Monday for a walk.  Better just pop in on Cate first, with your Six word Saturday.



  1. What a wonderful collection of sand sculptures, Jo, particularly in that waning light and then with the spotlights on them. Thanks for sharing these. I’ve never been to a sand sculpture show like this before. 🙂

    1. A little bit of ‘cheating’ goes on. I understand they use some kind of epoxy resin in the mix so that it is pretty solid (and rainproof). Not such a romantic notion but necessary I guess. They’re still beautiful though, aren’t they? 🙂

  2. Oooh!!! These have to be the most amazing sand art ever! Do I spot Lawrence of Arabia? The first queen reminds me of your lovely daughter Lisa for some reason! 🙂

    1. It destroys the magic a little to know it, Rosemay, but they are rock solid due to a mix they use in the sand. Apparently on the last day in October there’s a general invitation to go along and help batter them down! 😦

    1. It was an interesting experience, Sue. I’ve been several times in broad daylight and I just wanted to see how it looked illuminted. It’s about an hour’s drive from Tavira and we’re usually pretty lazy on a night but it was worth it. 🙂

  3. Love the sand sculptures and your night shots are superb. You must have a very steady hand unless you were using a tripod. I haven’t seen any of these for years…

  4. Such breathtaking sculptures, Jo. I’ve never seen anything like this before. Now I want to know how the artists manage not to tread all over them whilst they’re working on them. Such an amazing talent Thanks for sharing. They’ll be in my mind for quite a while, I’m sure. 🙂

    1. That’s an interesting question, Ad. Just when I got suggestions in on how it all holds together in the rain. 😦 Rain? What rain? 🙂 They’re great, aren’t they?

  5. These sand sculptures never cease to amaze me. I have seen daylight photos of them before but yours are the first night ones I have seen. Love the way you show us how they light up.

    1. I was impressed with how well my little camera coped with the night shots, Meg. The attention to detail in the park and the expressions on faces are what amaze me. (it’s actually quite far from the sea, which doesn’t seem right somehow) 🙂

  6. This is absolutely amazing, Jo. When I first started looking at the pictures I thought, “This can’t be sand, can it?” Wow, wow, wow. Thank you so much for these pics. What an awesome event – and such talent! 😀

  7. Girlfriend, this is incredible .. never seen anything like – talk about talented artists. You kept me entertained for sure … I love the man and his horse. What an imagination those artist has. Thanks for brighten my evening up.

    1. Hi Vivi! I was just looking at your lovely postcard from Gdansk (thank you 🙂 ), and up you popped. It was like rubbing a magic lantern 🙂 Great to see the park lit up. I’ve been there a few times and I’m always astounded at the sculptures.

      1. Yes, I’m a bit like a genie *laughing … glad you got your card. It was hard to chose witch one to buy .. so many beautiful ones.
        Your little camera really do magic .. and I think you have magic in your eyes too.
        Amazing job they done .. never seen anything like it.

      2. I love the card- it has so much atmosphere! Going to have to add Gdansk to my list 🙂
        I was pleased with the night time shots, Vivi. I really didn’t know how well they’d come out. It’s a little good ‘un. 🙂 Thanks, darlin’. Been watching ‘Strictly’ so lots of catching up to do.

      3. I’m going back in May next year.. but I will be staying in Sopot. You would love Gdansk – and there is really cheap flights to Gdansk. Wizz air. Sure you have them in UK too.
        You carry on with your catching up .. I’m watching the US version .. Dancing with the stars … I miss Glen this year. Big Saturday hug …

    1. I’ve meant to go and see them on an evening for the past couple of years and we finally got there! We’re usually happy just to potter around Tavira on a night 🙂 Happy to share, Tanya!

  8. It’s hard to pick a favorite, but the horse and cowboy make me grin. I would want to see it in daylight, first to get the detail and then at night to get another effect. Our local beach in Ft Myers puts on a sand sculpting festival and they spray a mixture of water and epoxy on each as they sculpt it to “set” it, which I thought was interesting. 😊

  9. These are incredible Jo. It is so amazing to me how the artist manage to get such detail in their sculptures. I have seen some done here in Winter out of ice & the result is just as mind boggling!

  10. What a stunning display and you capture the carvings fantastically. How do they last in shape? How do they make them so big? I have trouble enough building a sand castle on the beach! Thank you for sharing, this is so interesting. A wonder to behold.

  11. I can’t imagine how they create and maintain so much detail, these are brilliant, I wish I’d seen them. With the lights they are spectacular, cheers honey have a fab weekend!

    1. You really needed a car to get there, Gilly, or I might have suggested it. Thanks, darlin’. Cool and grey (i.e back to normal 🙂 ) today but I’ve zumba’d and I’m meeting a friend for lunch. Could be worse! 🙂 You too!

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