Archive for January, 2009

aftermath of the ibiza high winds last weekend

January 31st, 2009

Some photos taken yesterday down in San Antonio bay after last weekends high winds on Ibiza. The “gruas” were out in force trying to get the boats out – it was quite hilarious watching them…

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A cactus flowering on Ibiza

January 31st, 2009

This is not something you see every day on Ibiza: A large cactus flowering at the bar on the San Juan road today – it’s about 12 foot high:

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Es Vedra, Ibiza

January 30th, 2009

We took this photo of Es Vedra off the southern coast of Ibiza today:

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“Does Ya Mama Know” at Grial, Ibiza – details for tonight

January 30th, 2009


Was tired of running out of luck
Thinking ’bout giving up yeah
Didn’t know what to do
Then there was you
And everything went from wrong to right
And the stars came out and filled up the sky
The music you were playing really blew my mind
It was love at first sight

Ya Mama Knows that Aussie’s Rule right now, especially as they’ve pretty much taken over the island.
So come on ya ‘roos, whack another sizzler on the barbie and get ya dingo on down to Grial this Friday.

Kristie ‘Kylie’ Rogers will be lining up the toons and Mitch ‘Minogue’ Clark will be manning the sausage sizzler on the front terrace from 20hrs.

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Almond Blossom on Ibiza

January 30th, 2009

Enjoy the almond blossom on Ibiza – The Valley of the Crown

ibiza almond blossomMore than 1,000 almond trees are now in full blossom in Santa Agnes’ “Valley of the Crown”. The big pink and white flowers seem to glow in the sun and the smell of honey hangs in the air. This is a place where you can get a feel for what Ibiza is really like.

The almond blossoms have a special meaning for the people of Ibiza and Formentera – because when the trees are covered in pink or white flowers, it’s a sign that spring is just around the corner. The winter with its cold winds from the north is about to be driven out and soon, the island will be transformed into a sea of flowers, blossoming in their millions.

So it is an absolute must for the islanders to enjoy the season of almond blossom – especially at the weekend. That’s when entire families – from grandma to the tiniest toddlers in pushchairs – head for Santa Agnes where the 1,000 almond trees in the “Valley of the Crown” blossom in a cloud of pink and white flowers that is a joy to behold. Incidentally, the trees with white flowers are male and bear sweet almonds in the summer, whereas the trees with pink blossoms are female and produce bitter almonds.

You can read the full article here: Ibiza’s Almond Blossom

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Ibiza live music

January 30th, 2009

Ibiza live musicIt’s Thursday night in Santa Eulalia in Ibiza, it’s late January and all of the usual last drink of the night bars are already shut – s**t.

Back down the town’s main street for an early night with a good book – no-one’s getting laid tonight then.

But lo, that’s not a loud car stereo, it’s coming from Santa Eulalia’s infamous Cosmi Bar.

Sure enough, the town is out in force enjoying Blues Dave performing live to the proprietors of all of the other bars in town and their assembled clienteles.

It’s a party stuffed with locals of all nationalities sharing their common thread – live music in the form of classics that everyone knows…

Could be another late night – and long may it continue…

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Ibiza lumberjacks

January 30th, 2009

Ibiza lumberjacksThis is a tough time of year for the trees on Ibiza. The older ones have been devastated by last weekends visit by the Mistral, the younger ones that line the streets of Ibiza’s villages are all having a drastic ‘short back and sides’.

Consequently Ibiza’s tree surgeons and lumberjacks are out in force with their chainsaws and pruning shears to stock up on firewood and kindling for the next harsh Ibiza winter.

This photo was taken from outside our apartment by a man in a t-shirt who noticed the fear on the face of the tree in the process of being pruned, whilst being watched by the tree in the foreground, which was ahead of it in the queue…

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Casa Piedra in Cala Llonga reopens

January 29th, 2009

casa piedra, ibizaThis innocuous but beautiful little restaurant, just after the turning into Cala Llonga from the old coastal road from Santa Eulalia to Ibiza, has recently reopened under new management.

The new owners, Midlanders Ken and Louise Wells, have reintroduced the excellent ‘menu del dia’ at just 9,50 euros which can be enjoyed in the sunshine in the restaurant’s lovely garden even at this time of the year.

Alternatively there is a covered and heated terrace overlooking the adjacent lemon grove which might be preferable in order to enjoy the range of very good and reasonably priced evening dishes for those who prefer to dine out later.

They’re open daily, except Wednesdays, from noon till late and are serving good food that is certainly worth checking out.

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Carlisle football club help special needs kids in Ibiza

January 28th, 2009

apneefWhen Stephen Dunn of Carlisle United asked Cathal Smyth (aka Chas Smash of Madness) how much it would cost to record a greeting to their fans he replied “Please, no money. I’d prefer ideas on how to collaborate with the Association for Children with Special Needs in Ibiza and Formentera.”

Carlisle United run out to “One Step Beyond” so in return they decided to collect toys for APNEEF.

Yesterday the kids unwrapped 30 (THIRTY) kilos of toys, games, movies, football tops etc and their president Carmen Bond also received a cheque for 4000 euros from the Butterfly Ball…

Fantastic…

a later update and more background:
http://www.carlisleunited.co.uk/page/NewsDetail/0,,10361~1536642,00.html

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Ibiza’s Mistral

January 28th, 2009

ibizaThe weather in Ibiza can sometimes get monotonous – hot, sunny and of no use whatsoever to ‘cloud-spotters’.

But winter in Ibiza it’s a lot more exciting. Occasionally we have dramatic electric storms and rainfall of the sort of biblical proportions that would have made Noah proud. Now, this weekend, we had the rare privilege of participating in the fallout from France’s famed ‘mistral’.

This is the cold dry wind that sweeps down the Rhone valley, that bisects France, whenever a huge winter high pressure weather system over the Atlantic shoves a deep low pressure system into the North Sea. The wind that drives the icy cold Arctic air down between France’s Central Massif and the Alps is affectionately known as ‘the master’ in the local language of each country it sweeps through.

Ibiza’s share arrived last weekend catching Ibiza’s elderly trees, perfectly crouched over the years to deal with Ibiza’s prevailing southern breezes, completely by surprise. We too awoke to find half of the town without electricity and had to make our own coffee on the stove… whilst staring at blank monitors.

Outside the building a palm tree had literally snapped in half and the beaches to the north of Ibiza were littered with boats of all shapes and sizes torn from their moorings and washed up onto the beaches. It was carnage…

However, one of the advantages of this phenomenon is that it destroys clouds, so the sky is deceptively blue and the atmosphere clear. It looks nice out.

Sufficiently tempted we set off, we had business to attend to in nearby Es Canar, but all of the roads were blocked by fallen trees, so we spent the rest of the weekend with the rest of the local mariners in the ‘Tall Ships’ playing pool and watching the FA Cup unfold…

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