Sombrillas de Brezo

Looking back on why I came to Spain, I suppose it was for the Sun, the Sea, the Sex and the Sangria. Now, for me, a hit rate of zero out of four is pretty good !! Well, it’s raining. I live in the mountains. My passport says: Sex … Male (does that count?). And I don’t like Sangria !!

So I have to do something to make up for my lack of the four Esses. A friend invited me to visit their local business as she had pity on me and this is what I found >>


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Have you ever had a funny sunburn? What happened?

separatorI am two posts away from my 100th post.Β  I need ideas from you to make it a special.

(Did I hear, “Delete this blog and move to Facebook !!” hehe !!)Β  πŸ™‚


Ralph xox


52 Comments on “Sombrillas de Brezo

  1. I have had way too much sunburn but it was never funny 😦 It just hurt, a lot. But your story is funny and fascinating.


    • Hi Gallivanta. I agree that it is not much fun for the victim of sunburn but can be quite funny for the onlookers. I had a friend in the British Army in Cyprus in 1970 who bought a sunlamp, placed it on his bedside table and fell asleep while it was switched on. An hour later he woke up bright red, even more so when he was charged for self-inflicted injuries. πŸ˜€ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Oh NO. My father was reprimanded (not charged) for allowing his feet to get sunburned badly during WW2. He didn’t do it on purpose!


      • It must have been awful for him wearing boots for the next week πŸ˜₯


  2. Good Morning Ralph. That’s all I can get out for now. Oh, wait…it’s funny how work for some can be so much fun or romantic for others.


    • Good morning Elisa. So true !! To see what other people are doing in other countries can be fun to watch. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Hi Pecora Nera. I used to be the same especially when I was young. I used to visit my parents in NE Nigeria for holidays. One time I had finished a day of swimming in the Bauchi Club pool where I wore a T shirt which became transparent when wet. I ended up with huge blisters on my shoulders inside of which were chicken pox spots which I caught at the same time as the sunburn. I was told that I was very brave as the calamine lotion was dabbed on. Ralph


  3. My father used to get sunburned… I remember that my mother applied yoghurt on his back and arms to take the heat and calm the skin… It was an ugly and smelly sight but it worked!! Probably the reason why I hate yoghurt πŸ˜€
    At the time the only sunscreens we had available was Coppertone oil with zero spf πŸ™‚ There was no ozone hole back then…(end of 70’s, beginning of 80’s).

    By the way, what is Star doing in that cardboard box? Loved the boss and project manager!! πŸ˜€


    • Hi Pelly. YOGHURT !! Yuk !! I am not surprised that you hate yoghurt πŸ˜€
      Star plays with her ball in there, sleeps in there and loves to throw it around πŸ˜€
      Have a lovely weekend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  4. Ouch….that sunburn looks really sore. 😦 Fascinating pics, Ralph. Love the boss and the project manager, and you of course. Have a great weekend. πŸ™‚


  5. Nothing like a burned rear. Not fetching but retching for the human involved. Star is so cute. I really liked the slides of how the screens are made. So interesting.


    • Thank you so much Yvonne. I am glad that you found the slide show interesting. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  6. I do not recall any sun burns I had were funny. They were not fun at all and now I am a bit concern about skin cancer too. By the way, the goals and the slide show are good ones. Have a nice weekend Ralph.


    • Hi YC. I have some good goals, haven’t I. Just have to score that’s all πŸ˜‰ And to you. Have a lovely weekend. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • I have some more ideas in the pipeline of my brain which may materialise in future posts. Have fun my friend Sheri. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  7. In a word – another of brilliant Ralph’s posts -:)!


  8. Great photos, Ralph.

    2 posts away from your 100th?! I don’t know how many I’ve done. Am now curious…


    • Thanks my dear friend Noeleen. πŸ˜€
      I am sure that you must have published at least …. um!! …. two πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  9. OH tour guide Ralph, how DO you keep pumping out prize winning post after prize winning post? It must be your project manager! The boss doesn’t look pushy enough. I’ve never had burns like the ones you chose, but I remember a day in a boat roasted me pretty well when I was a teen. Now I look pale leather. Such an attractive look to go with my Egyptian toes. Thanks for the informative tour. I’ll appreciate those high cost umbrellas a lot more now! They get marked up quite a bit by the time they reach us! Well I’m off maybe I can catch a ray or two. πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ xoxox


    • What a prize winning comment from my prize winning friend so full of sur-prizes πŸ˜€ I am sure a pale leather look suits you MVBF Marsha. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  10. Absolutely marvelous! Loved the slide-show, fascinating! Thank you for sharing this! It is so grand to see this groovy slice o’ your Spain.

    A mate o’ mine, H, decided to ooze down to Florida one spring. It had been warm and sunny with smiling sea all year. Hache got off the plane and it was gelid outside with a frigid biting rain. I took her to a spring. It rained on her and furry catepillars landed all over her spilling from the trees. No manatees afoot. I hoped to find and lasso a gator for her, no avail. Next day, cold icy rain. Peculiar. Dragged her about the area, maybe see if we could be struck by lightning on train tracks or such, she wasn’t so enthused about the dank conditions. I thought it was grand. I could see she was stressed though, shivering, drinking 8 coca-cola’s in a row…Too bad I couldn’t take her on a fantastic umbrella-making tour…. Right. Then the following day I could see was going to be ablaze. She popped outside all ready for the beach and I chirped in my dear old grannie Babbie voice, “Ah sunscreen on I hope, dearie?” “Of course,” she replied blithely and began to march off to beach. Hours later, I noticed H was resembling a very brilliant sort of cherry. “What SPF was that sunscreen, perchance?” Oblivious of her lobster state she said, “15, why?” ………oh dear…….The next day the red hot chillie pepper, er, I mean, Hache, was dolefully met with cold, chilly rain again. I believe she had at least 12 cups of cola in a row that day. She depared for the North again and the warm sunny days of smiling sea returned and such weather has not repeated since. Peculiar! πŸ˜‰

    Excellent post, loved the photos and commentary. A wonderful adventure I know I would LOVE! Cheers,

    Autumn Jade


    • It is really SWEET of you my dear friend Autumn Jade to write such touching ….. no….. that would be painful on a sunburn …. to write another epic, 600 pages longer than War and Peace, which I enjoyed reading for two days and two nights non-stop. I missed your eloquence but now you are back and I love it and you. Have a lovely week. Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • My dear good man, did you miss-type. Surely not “SWEET” but “SALTY” is the adjective you were grappling for? Perhaps you are under the heavy influence of someone- thing, something I mean. Perhaps a certain marsha, I mean margarita! Ah, or possibly just too much Spanish sun during all that sombrilla-crafting you have been so avidly working away at. I’ll overlook the OBVIOUS mistake.

        Ah! War and Peace, lovely little read was it not? YES absolutely, over far too quickly…Hmm Brothers Karamazov was also over in seconds, much too soon…Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky certainly could have learned something from me about extending one’s writing to infinity πŸ˜‰ Retaining quality during that process, however….well…not much help there I fear.

        Oh it is indeed a pure delight to be back in these fine fishy quarters gambolling joyously about in the land o’ Dr. Ralph PhUn.

        Oh yes, and you too, dear matie, enjoy a fine and sun-sluicing week. Many myriad cheers,

        -olde smiling SALT


  11. PS (yes drat she’s back again…) I just watched Star Trashing of Camera, TOO cute! Excellent! Right, I’m off!



    • Welcome back Autumn Jade. Oh. You’ve gone. Star is SWEET isn’t she πŸ˜€ xox


      • Thank you. πŸ™‚ Er..I am not sure “SWEET” is quite the word. Effervescent, vivacious, and exceedingly aesthetic would be my words. How about darling? Tangy with a twist of lime?


  12. Poor woman, I bet she cannot sit down for a week…… I had once a sunburn as a teenager on the shoulders and back and it was very painful, really not worth it. And since you damage so much of your skin in the sun, I gave up early to lie in the sun, for me it is always the shade if I “sun bathe” actually it must be “Shadebathe”. I also have a great sun hat! The handmade craft is very interesting and I like the boss and project manager. I wouldn’t mind working for them, I am sure they are easy going! You always make me laugh! Love it Ralph oxo


    • It took me ages to find this dear Ute. I never realised how many posts you have published !! This is the real you “”sunbathing” πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


  13. Another great post – thank you! I have sunburns that look like this..sans fabulous buttocks though. Le sigh.
    Ideas for your 100th post..hmm…how about a top ten list of your posts or why we should all come to Spain to celebrate with you!


    • Sigh no more. I am sure that your beautocks are just fine πŸ˜‰ Some great ideas, my friend, for my 100th post. This one was #97. I had a slight miscalculation which is normal for me πŸ˜€ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


    • Amazing Katie. So did I see a face !! It’s a Spanish Wicca thing πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox πŸ˜€


      • Ahhh. I thought it might just be me. The air is a little thin here. πŸ˜‰
        Wait, you’re in the mountains….it must be thin there as well. πŸ˜‰


  14. Very beautiful and inventive post, I never knew that there came such a work like this for to make a Brezo, lovely photos πŸ™‚


  15. Oh boy dear Ralph – You crack me up! πŸ˜†
    I’ve gotten burned a few times – but – not quite like that. I have had that burnt “a(p)pealing” look though – LOL


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