Castro Marim : Proud to be ‘on display’

The only kind of ‘snow’ I’m fond of- a bed of salt crystals, making a backdrop for the Presépio do Sal, in Castro Marim.  Every year, throughout Portugal, Nativity scenes take pride of place in towns and villages.  In this small Algarve village, more than 7 tons of locally produced salt form the basis of the scene.  This has been an exceptional year for salt production, and the Nativity is a wonderful tribute to the salt pans and their workers.

At weekends there are story times for children and music concerts.  You have until 6th January to visit if you are in the area.  I’m happy to add this post to Amy’s Lens-Artists theme, On Display, this week, with wishes to all for a Christmas full of joy.

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      1. Cool now but it’s been another lovely day. Going to the Carmo church for Fado this evening, then eating out. I’ve almost forgotten how to cook… lazy b! 🙂 🙂

  1. Jo, a beautiful and creative nativity scene! And I love the use of salt for snow … it works perfectly and glitters magically! Wishing you a wonderful Christmas! Hugs xx 😀❤️

    1. Hello, sweetheart 🙂 🙂 We have anything but Christmas weather here! It’s seriously damp, but still 17/18C and our houseplants are sitting outside loving it 🙂 I looked at Leeds temperatures and shivered, but it will only be a flying visit. Merry Christmas to you!

      1. High teens sounds lovely! Our garden is now well towards becoming an impromptu pond … it doesn’t seem to have stopped raining for months! Yet, light and bright within the house! Have a Fun time in Leeds … we are heading to Ilkley over the Christmas … can’t wait to see the moors … and my brother and family! Xx

      2. Oh, my! Ilkley was wet, wet, wet when we were there. Maybe it saved the dry stuff for you. Fingers crossed. I’ve just skim read your review of Allende. Can’t bear to read more till I have the book! Merry Christmas 🙂

      1. Yes, all good here! Heading to Colorado, where one son lives, for Christmas, and the whole family will be there. 🙂 Have a great one yourself!

    1. It’s a Catholic country, where the Nativity still means something, Su. I love that about this place. I couldn’t call myself religious, but it wouldn’t be Christmas for me without my little wooden crib scene beside my tree. 🙂 🙂 I’m sitting in semi-dark now, with just the tree lights and a lovely Arabic light. Merry Christmas to you, darlin!

      1. I know what you mean. I’m not religious either, but I vastly prefer the traditions around Christmas’s origins to all the horrible commercial rubbish that’s foisted on us.
        Merry Christmas to you and yours Jo.

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