Local Heart, Global Soul

October 1, 2010

Dogs, Bridges and Accidently Spying on Someone’s Eternal Rest.

Filed under: SPAIN — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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The children have seen something by the river and dashed off to investigate, Himself runs to keep up with them and I’m taking photos whilst bringing up the rear.

The kids are first excited about fish they can see swimming in the water, but loud splashing s and other noises quickly divert them further and soon I am following two squealing kids as they head towards the bridge.

We are  still in Nigrán, across the river mouth Miñor at the estuary of Baiona (Pontevedra) Spain, the day is a scorcher and we are being leisurely and lazy.

There is a ramp leading down to the water, and standing there a lady with her dog. The temperature  is close to 40 C and the  dog is happily plunging into the water to fetch sticks, our kids are delighted not only with the process but also with the dog bounding back close to them each time and shaking all the water off in a big arc.

Both the dog and the lady are friendly and Himself stops to chat whilst everyone enjoys the fun.

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I take some photos of them but then spy something in the trees a little further back… we missed seeing it as we headed in to the carpark by the park.

(Small boys starting to yell ” Now I’m  really Really REALLY bursting!!!”  in the back seat of the car tends to lead to that kind of distraction)

I excuse myself from the dog entertainment and go for a little investigate.

I find myself looking at a little chapel, it’s standing all alone, there are no other buildings here by the side of the river.

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There is a tall column in front of it with a cross and figures and according to an information board, clearly someone important is buried inside the chapel.

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That fact is reinforced by a painting in tiles on the wall. I peer though the small dark glass window in the chapel door.  It’s dimly lit and I get a fuzzy photo by pressing the camera lens as close to the glass as I can…

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Inside is full of decoration and ornament and there is an alter that appears to have a figure resting inside it.

Wow, imagine spending your eternal rest on full display of the local parishioners? I’m not sure I feel too comfortable looking.

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I turn my attention quickly instead to the column outside and stonework detail.

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Other views…

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.. and then eye up the bridge, no, not this modern one, lets walk around to the beautiful ancient one hiding behind behind it….

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