Sunday, 2 February 2014

Darling Dalí

I don't know about where you live if you see graffiti every day and everywhere. We do in Madrid and in all of Spain for that matter, most of it being an eyesore, not to mention the costs of having it removed. The centre of town is covered with it in the little streets off the main ones, so it's refreshing to see such a nice painting in the Gran Via (our Main Street or High Street). I'm not exactly sure what the purpose of this wall is (I can only guess it's for protecting passersby if there is work going on behind it). I hope I can get to see it in person before it is taken down. The photo is one of Dali's eye watching those walking past that I shared on facebook and was taken by Nacho of Sometimes, though unfortunately not often enough, grafitti can be beautiful and artsy. I don't know if anyone remembers me posting on Multiply some photos of graffiti which I found around Madrid and actually liked.

Our weekend is quickly coming to an end. I didn't do anything special except meet up with our Saturday crowd for lunch if three people can be called a crowd. One of our friends is in the US, another thinks she might have to go to the UK at any time because her mother isn't doing well, and the others we don't know. I just hope nothing else bad happens to our friend who went to the US. She's from Philadelphia and they got snowed it a couple of days. Yesterday I got an e-mail from her saying that there had been a fire in one of the condos on the floor where her sister lives. Fortunately, hers wasn't affected but they aren't permitted to stay in the building and had to go to her sister's son's house where she said there were 7 adults, 4 cats and a dog. They were allowed back in the building to collect some personal belongings though. Now she, her husband, her sister and I'm not sure of anyone else are going on a cruise with the Norwegian Cruise Line. Hope and pray nothing bad happens there. And speaking of prayer, prayers for our friend's mother are deeply appreciated.

I don't often do this, but yesterday (a day when the winds were bitterly cold) I looked at the temperature in my hometown and in Lexington, Kentucky. It was colder here! One of my friends from Eastern Kentucky said she was even able to sit out on her porch for a while. Will Phil see his shadow there? We've had some sun this afternoon. However, on Wednesday evening it was raining when I went to the Chinese, and, because of the winds, my umbrella - one that was supposed to be used in windy conditions - turned inside out and broke off my thumb nail a bit. My nails needed cutting but I didn't need to get wet. At least I didn't have to walk too far in the rain. It was just an accidental shower anyway.

Hope everyone is having a good weekend and hope the same for your week ahead.


  1. I remember you posting about the graffiti, Brenda, when we were on Multiply (sure do miss Multiply). I think I mentioned how saddened I was to see graffiti on ancient walls when were were in Italy. Broke my heart. I agree with you, though, that some graffiti art is quite amazing!

  2. I can't get over how talented some of the "artists" are that paint graffiti and then there are the ones that just do it out of meanness. We have many buildings in Detroit that are covered with graffiti and it is really sad because I'll see pictures from 50 or 60 years ago and the buildings were so beautiful. Have a wonderful week, Brenda!