Tats and tamarinds / Tatuajes y tamarindos

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I’M NOT WHINING TODAY — but only because I’m not saying much. My accomplishments thus far: 1) I got out of bed; 2) I gave the cats their treats; 3) I had breakfast (and a slice of apple cake); 4) I washed breakfast dishes; 5) I showered; 6) I had online English class with Jesica (a very good thing); 7) I had lunch (Moorish chicken and nut pie — another very good thing); 8) I washed lunch dishes; 9) I folded laundry; 10) I edited photos; 11) I’m still here; and 12) Remember, I got out of bed in the first place.

Here are more photos from the other day. Wisteria is in bloom at the plaza across the street from the Port of Fuengirola. The dead, dying, and otherwise miserable tamarind trees are being pulled out of the ground, finally, all along the Paseo. Large palm trees have been taking some of their places. I don’t know what’s in store for the other vacant spots.

I saw a surfer with interesting tattoos, as well as other surfers who may or not have had tattoos.

Lulu’s chocolate is all gone. San Geraldo just told me that, whether I whine or not, he’ll bake me chocolate chip banana bread this afternoon.


NO ESTOY GIMOTEANDO HOY — pero solo porque no estoy diciendo mucho. Mis logros hasta ahora: 1) Me levanté de la cama; 2) les di a los gatos sus golosinas; 3) desayuné (y un trozo de tarta de manzana); 4) lavé los platos del desayuno; 5) me duché; 6) tuve una clase de inglés en línea con Jesica (algo muy bueno); 7) almorcé (pastel morisco de pollo y nueces, otra cosa muy buena); 8) lavé los platos del almuerzo; 9) doblé la ropa de la línea; 10) edité fotos; 11) todavía estoy aquí; y 12) recuerde, me levanté de la cama en primer lugar.

Aquí hay más fotos del otro día. Wisteria está en flor en la plaza al otro lado de la calle del Puerto de Fuengirola. Los tamarindos muertos, moribundos y por lo demás miserables están siendo arrancados del suelo, finalmente, a lo largo del Paseo. Grandes palmeras han ido ocupando algunos de sus lugares. No sé qué les espera a los otros lugares vacantes.

Vi a un surfista con tatuajes interesantes, así como a otros surfistas que pueden haber tenido tatuajes o no.

El chocolate de Lulu se acabó. San Geraldo me acaba de decir que — gimotee o no — esta tarde me horneará pan de plátano con chispas de chocolate.

• One of the barely living, removed trees. This is all that was growing.
• Uno de los árboles arrancados que apenas viven. Esto es todo lo que estaba creciendo.
• On their way to the tamarind burial ground — where they’ll probably thrive. Zombie tamarinds.
• De camino al cementerio de tamarindo, donde probablemente prosperarán. Tamarindos zombis.
• New (and old) palms.
• Nuevas (y viejas) palmeras.


Author: Moving with Mitchell

From Brooklyn, New York; to North Massapequa; back to Brooklyn; Brockport, New York; back to Brooklyn... To Boston, Massachusetts, where I met Jerry... To Marina del Rey, California; Washington, DC; New Haven and Guilford, Connecticut; San Diego, San Francisco, Palm Springs, and Santa Barbara, California; Las Vegas, Nevada; Irvine, California; Sevilla, Spain. And Fuengirola, Málaga..

37 thoughts on “Tats and tamarinds / Tatuajes y tamarindos”

  1. Too many tattoo’s!!!! I” just enjoy that beautiful wisteria! I bet it has a light, heavenly scent?

    1. Mistress Borghese:
      The wisteria does smell heavenly. I’ll have to visit Plaza de la Constitucion. The wisteria there is more abundant and much older.

    2. MB:
      I didn’t like all his tattoos, and when there are several I prefer them to be part of a montage. Then again, it’s not MY body!

    1. David:
      And another opportunity to get hit on the head with the board — paddle boarding!

    1. JSSW:
      Hmmm… Maybe it was clematis. You pulled out all the wisteria. Or, no, maybe it was wisteria, afterall. You pulled out all the clematis. No worries. It’ll grow back.

  2. The wisteria certainly improves the plaza situation.

    And just to make you feel better (ha ha), you could be sitting here with a six year old doing virtual schooling. A six year old who, I might add, is NOT happy about sitting in front of his laptop for six hours… Feel better?

    1. Mary:
      That’s a different plaza. Note the more charming benches and trellis. And, no, I don’t feel better because you and a 6-year-old are miserable. I think we all need a vacation.

  3. I don’t understand those tattoos. What is God blowing at that woman? Seashells? It looks to me like someone got lots of little decorations without considering the overall theme and composition.

    The tamarinds — poor things. They did try. They’re still trying.

    1. Steve:
      I didn’t like the bottom right section at all. But then it’s not my back. I got the sense, though, that it’s a work in progress. Oh, the poor tamarinds. There is one stretch where they’re blooming beautifully. Maybe it’s the way the wind blows.

    1. anne marie:
      So do I. We planted it on a trellis alongside our house in San Diego. The trellis was part of the original house built in 1924. We didn’t stay long enough to get the full effect, but those first couple of years were pretty amazing.

  4. I like tattoos. I have tattoos. But those on the guys back just seem so random to me that I don’t get it.
    So, like Maddie, I’ll enjoy the wisteria. Our neighbors across the way have beautiful wisteria growing throughout their yard and it’s just so gorgeous.

    1. Bob:
      I also like tattos, although I have none. But I agree. I prefer a plan, as if they’re all part of one canvas — which they are. I love wisteria. We planted it in San Diego.

  5. I guess you really have to trust that the other surfers won’t kill you. Aside from that tiny detail, it looks like great fun.

    It would be very pleasant to sit in the shade of the wisteria with good book and an iced coffee. Or is still too cool for iced coffee there?

    Glad you got out of bed.

    1. Wilma:
      I’m always amazed by how well surfers keep tabs on each other. And, nope, not too cool for iced coffee. Mid-60s mostly with some dips and some forays into the 70s. Today is supposed to touch 70 again.

  6. We thought we lost our Wisteria until Ron got rid of two other vines (grape and Kiwi) that were competing with it. Now it is happy and thriving.
    Great tattoos on that guy but if I was to cover my body with them I would at least have a ‘plan’ or a ‘story’. I have two small tattoos down by my ankles……..if I was younger I think I would create a ‘sleeve’ for one of my arms.

    1. Jim:
      I love wisteria. And I agree about a tattoo plan. I really love some of the masterpiece canvasses some people have created. Maybe this guy’s back will one day be filled.

  7. That wisteria is so beautiful! And I love looking at other people’s tattoos and hearing the story behind or significance of each one! I don’t mind unrelated random tats either, like that guy’s.

    1. Debra:
      I’m not big on random tattoos all visible at once. But it’s not my body. I’m sure they all have meaning for that guy. Did you notice the guy on the sail board at top right?

  8. I’m too much of a wimp for tattoos. The few times in my life that I’ve thought about what I would get, I overthink everything…What is something I’m sure I’ll like forever? What if I’d gotten something religious that I don’t even believe anymore? I usually rule out pictures, and by the time I think of a quotation I like, I think…well, if I like this so much, why can’t I just get it embroidered on a pillow? I guess I’ll just keep admiring them on others. 🙂

    Oh, and number 11 of your accomplishments on this day is my favorite (followed by the pie).

    1. Michelle D:
      When it comes to tattoos, you took the words right out of my mouth! By the way, Number 11.

  9. Love Wisteria, such beautiful flowers and in such abundance, sure sign of Spring. I don’t get it with tattoos, i often wonder if one day such people may not regret getting them and being stuck with them as one ages. So many ugly tattoos, maybe its a fashion.

    1. Laurent:
      I often admire people’s tattoos, although I change my mind too easily to ever lock in on anything permanent. I have seen some people, however, who i wish would cover themselves up. I love wisteria.

  10. The poor trees especially the one that is sending our leaves and blooms. They were planted and no one took care of them ?
    I think the city will regret the Palms.
    Your day is fun and much better than mine, I got up early to get my covid shot #2 and it was the wrong day ! ! !

    1. Parsnip:
      That flowering tamarind I shared looked dead except for that blast of flowers and some green in that one area, which means it would probably be dead within months (as has been the case with all the others). I love the palms, but they don’t do much for air quality as do other trees. A mix is nice. However, we do have a great variety of trees throughout town. We’re still looking forward to the day we hear about our first Covid shots.

    1. Walt the Fourth:
      I agree there should be more palm trees, especially given where we live.

  11. If you could change tattoos as easily as you could change hair styles, I wonder if people such as that young man would just have one instead of many. Because honestly, I think he and other heavily tattooed people just get bored with what they have and want a change, The same goes with a hair style except that’s not permanent (well, there ARE hair styles called permanents, but you know what I mean.)

    1. Kirk:
      I love the idea of being able to change tattoos like hairstyles. Then again, there’s not much hairstyling I can do!

  12. As Jim mentioned above that the wisteria has the entire arbour to cover and make us smile. Competition from other vines was too exhausting for me really. Canvas body tats! In my next lifetime perhaps.

    1. Ron:
      I agree, wisteria deserves a grand space all to itself. And, yeah, canvas body tats for me, too, in my next life!

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