Smoking Mary: herbal fumes and disease prevention

Mare de Déu Fumadora, Mother of God Smoker, is a local name used in Arenys de Mar on Catalonia’s Maresme coast for the day before yesterday’s feast of the Immaculate Conception, la Purísima. According to the much-maligned Jordi Bilbeny, this is the day when children were allowed to smoke by their parents (picture of kiddie…

Swallows & tents

“When it came that we wanted to move the host, a swallow had nested near the apex of the tent.”