Come On Baby Light My Fire



Yes, you are, Sonic !Β  Please stop ripping up my dressing gowns and get out of my wardrobe !


Last Tuesday I was invited by my Spanish neighbours to a street party to celebrate San Juan Day.Β 

As I haven’t a clue what it was about I have asked a couple of guests to explain what was going on.

Over to you.





I just love our names,Β  Hay Rick and Hay Feeva.Β Β 

When we hit the sack I cuddle up to her,Β  “Hay baby ?”.Β 

She tumbleweeds over,Β  “Not tonight,Β  I’ve got a bale of a headache”.Β 


Anyway,Β  back to the street party.

Yay !Β Β  A barbie !


The idea of a barbie is to blow the brains out of itΒ  …….



….. then use the glowing charcoal to turn the food into charcoal.

It’s a man thing !





The guests arrive for the street party.


Remember baby Liam ?



Remember Ralph ?



Neighbours from three different homes.



Remember to buy a lottery ticket.

Although deaf and dumb,Β  day and night the vendor sells lottery tickets for his charity “ONCE”



Β While the men are setting fire to the countryside the women are working out what each person must pay for the food and drink.


Food,Β  such as this.





This woman is easily buttered up,Β  well bread and uses her loaf.



Liam,Β  atΒ  6 months,Β  is now learning to drink beer like the man he is.




After eating and drinking,Β  time for some photies.



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At midnight everyone goes down to the river to splash water on their faces.Β  Don’t ask !


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When everyone was nice and clean for this year they all returned for the finale of the night.Β  Us !Β Β  Yes, us, the Hays !






A couple of minutes later.




I would like to thank both the Hay family (for not explaining what San Juan Day was all about) and the neighbours around me who organised the street party.


Have you played on a hayrick ?

I have.Β  Don’t ask !Β  πŸ˜€


Ralph xox ❀


103 Comments on “Come On Baby Light My Fire

  1. Hay!! I’m glad my name isn’t Feeva, talk about a brief shining moment.

    That Liam child is growing, how does he do that? πŸ™‚ ❀

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    • Hay ! I’m glad your name is Yvonne and this reply won’t be a brief shining moment. πŸ˜€
      Liam is still breast feeding from his mum’s special brew or maybe he has a bottle of stout beer in his push chair πŸ˜€
      Ralph xox ❀

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  2. I must say that the moment you introduced the Hay family I felt the evening would not end well for them.
    So glad everyone else had a good time and the cats enjoyed some peace an quiet. Unless of course the party was held in the street right outside.

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    • Hi Misha. It didn’t go well for them, did it ? I didn’t think the locals would set fire to them as we are in strictly no burning season here, but they did !
      The cats were 3 floors up about 40 yards down the road and I could see their little heads poking through the balcony rail, keeping an eye on me I suppose.
      Ralph xox ❀

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  3. Ralph, what a fun party! And the poor Hay family at a Barbie? That did not end well! Loved the cats left at home! Have a great week! Christine

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    • Thank you so much for your lovely comment Christine it is always great to read your comments. Thank you and have a wonderful week yourself. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hay, Ann, you are welcome. My confused little mind needs no explanation when it really does, or doesn’t. πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox ❀

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    • Thanks Melinda. There is always some excuse for a party around here πŸ˜€ Ralph xox ❀

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    • lol. I think they were stuck to the spot. Everything was “stacked” against the Hays. Ralph xox ❀

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    • Hay Stefy. Thanks for the super hugs and you loving it. There is really no change with me, so I have made a decision which I will talk about in my next post. Have a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox ❀


  4. Love street parties, how lovely to be part of it. I do recognise the lady in the pink with the bread and her husband but forgot her name. and nice to see Toni and kids there. So lovely to see familiar faces having fun!

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    • We all had a great time. You would have enjoyed it Ute. Those familiar faces were at the party in August 2013. Looking at the photos I really do need to have another one in my apartment soon. Here’s some reminders of the party with Manny (Marsha’s teddy bear from California) and me >>>>



      His wife Yoli

      Have a lovely week my friend. Ralph xox ❀

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      • That is it, Yoli and Carlos, I couldn’t remember the names. Yes it was great your party there! We have finally lovely warm Summer weather… the only drawback… I am working…. but can enjoy the garden at the end of the day!

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      • I found that when I worked in the UK. Beautiful weather during the week and it bucketed it down at weekends. No rain forecast here though, only a red alert for excessively high temperatures. Glad I’ve got the air conditioner ! πŸ˜€ ❀

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  5. I missed San Juan – nothing was celebrated here in the village but i expect it was in the town. we are such bumpkins now, we need to travel to big places to see the action! It looks like you had a fun evening. the spanish love their parties! xox

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    • Awww ! Poor thing Lottie. The Spanish neighbours from about 10 houses around me organised it or we would be the same and had nothing. I’ve been here 9 years in the village and it’s the first time that they had laid on this party. It went so well, we may have another one next year for some San Juan reason πŸ˜‰
      Whew ! It’s hot ! But I love it !
      I hope you both are well and happy. Ralph xox ❀

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      • It is VERY hot! but very lovely and I’m enjoying sitting outside late in the evening watching the stars. I’m forcing myself to get up much earlier now as otherwise it’s too hot to do anything. That said, I’ve been up and hour and a half already and done nothing save drink a lot of coffee and waste time on Facebook! hey ho, there’s work to be done! xox

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      • Heehee. What is more to life than coffee and the internet ? Hey, ho, that’s just what I am doing now ! πŸ˜€ ❀

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      • I’m meant to be getting on with my book! not idling away time on the internet!! the weather is too beautiful to be spent indoors xox

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  6. Look like mrs and mr Hay didn’t drew the longest straw… πŸ˜€

    Hay stacks could be funny places, I’m told – don’t know why… πŸ˜€

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    • lol Drake. I am sure you are right about Mr & Mrs Hay πŸ˜€

      Ah, Haystacks ? People try to find needles in them. They should sit on the top, bounce up and down and they’ll soon find that needle πŸ˜‰ Ouch !

      Ralph πŸ˜€

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  7. Ralpha…how could you all, set up Mr and Mrs Hay like that when you all look so civilized too!!! Seriously, glad you had a great time. Looks fabulous. x

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    • We could and we did set up Mr & Mrs Hay Shey ‘cos we’re not civilised here at all. I mean the town hall has run out of money; the post office is open for 15 minutes Mon-Fri; the doctor comes twice a week; the bank is open for 2 hours twice a week; 2 hotels and a bar are permanently closed leaving 4 other bars busy: the shops use paper instead of tills. In the mean time we burn Wicca Englishmen. They think I’m an lost Eskimo πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox ❀

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    • Thanks Chantal. It’s the people and the views that does it for me. Happy Tuesday my friend. Ralph xox ❀


  8. Hmm, this San Juan must have been some sort of famous person that nobody has ever heard of. He’s got a lot of stuff named after him. Besides your San Juan day, there’s San Juan Puerto Rico and Washington State’s San Juan Islands in the USA. And that’s just the things I know about. Who knows what else this mysterious San Juan guy has.

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    • Wow ! You know a lot about him LB πŸ˜€ Maybe there is a beer named after him πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox ❀


    • Awww ! I’ll get them back for my next post Georgia. Ralph xox ❀


  9. Glad to see you’re feeling good enough to be up and out with the neighbors, Ralph!!! πŸ™‚ Looks like everyone had a grand day (and night!) πŸ™‚

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    • Hi Lucie πŸ˜€ I needed to get out and it was worth it. I hope you are having a lovely week. Ralph xox ❀


      • Good, Ralph. Know that you’re in my prayers on a regular basis, Little Buddy!!! Glad you got out. Looked like a good time! ❀ πŸ™‚

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  10. What a fun party!!! Good thing the women put a price on the food before it was all turned into charcoal. As always, I like to see a practical element to a fest as crazy as this!
    Hey, looks like the Hay couple were on fire.
    Where did the cats escape to?
    Whew, at least Liam is drinking!
    Well, tonight was the last night of the shoot I’m on. Just wrapping out now. Sigh, another production has reared it’s head… it would mean working crazy hours until December.
    I’d rather have a vaycay with Sherrie!
    xoxo ❀ @@@###$$$%%%^^^&&&***((())) (LOL)

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    • Thank you so much for your brilliantly long comment my dear friend. The cats were grounded for this post as they don’t party or drink. Anyway, I can’t suffer their hangovers the following day even if they did drink πŸ˜€
      Last night ! Well done Resa. But another 6 months of it is both rewarding and tiring. I hope you get a break in between “crazy” πŸ˜€
      I see you are using your knitting machine code at the end of your comment. I wonder what it means ?
      Crazy hugs. Ralph xoxox ❀ @@@###$$$%%%^^^&&&***((())) ⭐


  11. Lol looks like a fun celebration, even if you didn’t learn the purpose of the celebration. Poor kitties not invited to the party for misbehaving. I sure hope they didn’t pay you back while you left them at home. πŸ™‚ xo

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    • lol. You are spot on with your comment Debby. The cats were asleep when I got home πŸ˜€ Have a lovely week. Ralph xox ❀

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  12. Well, we didn’t celebrate San Juan, but most people from here went to the coast where it is quite spectacular with fireworks. Glad you had a great time x

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    • …. and they jump over bonfires on the beach ! Daft lot ! Thanks for your comment Wendy. Hot isn’t it ? Ralph xox ❀


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  14. I love your parties, Ralph. I feel like I aM right with you.
    I am at Mom’s who taught me Spanish, along with getting 2 of 3 kids to take it for around 4 to 6 yesrs. She wished me to tell you her Spanish toast we say each night I am here for 10 days.
    “Salud, pesetas, y amor.
    Y tempo para gastarlos.” Abrazos y besos. xo

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    • Tiempo= time.
      Gustarlos= enjoyment. Or is it gastarlos? She is uncertain about spelling.
      I like to go for the gusto! πŸ™‚

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      • You are talking to a blind man in a dark coal cellar searching for a black cat as far as my Spanish goes Robin πŸ˜€ ❀


    • “Health, pesetas (now euros), and love and time to spare”

      Hi Robin πŸ˜€ What a lovely toast. Please thank your mum from me. That’s what I need, a Spanish woman living with me so that I can learn Spanish quickly …… learning phrases like, “yes, you may use my credit card” lol

      Have a lovely week. Abrazos y besos. Ralph xox ❀


  15. I hope it is allright to comment in this cat-free-zone… Looks like a great pawty, slRalph. I never have played on a hayrick, but I think I would like it…*mumbles* I’d better ask Granny for a barn first…or a horse..* Pawkisses for a wonderful Day and 2 extra pawkisses for the two who are not allowed to be in this bloggie ❀ ❀


  16. I thought Hay Rick and Hay Feeva were scarecrows at first. I should have figured out early on by the fire theme of your post that they were in for a summer cremation. I guess they are in the big hayrick in the sky now, waiting to reincarnate as new Hay people next summer . . . πŸ™‚

    Your post reminded me that the Fourth of July will be here soon, and there will be many people lighting fireworks here. There were a few Fourth of Julys when the field behind our house caught on fire because people would inconsiderately light fireworks there in the dry brush! We are fortunate to live near a fire department because people were just standing around watching the fire and not doing anything! For awhile, my family and I dreaded the Fourth of July, and my brother would wet down our yard and roof and watch to make sure our property did not get burned. I used to do that after he got married and left home, but I don’t do it anymore because people stopped lighting fireworks in the field.

    No, I have not played on a hayrick, but I think my dog would enjoy doing that. πŸ™‚

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    • Wow ! What a long comment from you my friend !

      Yes. You read the Hay story to perfection. I can see a phoenix rising next year in the village.

      Is it nearly the 4th July already ? This year has gone so fast ! I’m glad to read that there are no fireworks in the field behind you any more. That must have been scary with the grass so dry. We used to have at least two wild fires in this valley every year. The aircraft arrived within minutes of smoke being spotted from the lookout on a hill top. Usually caused by some local Spaniard doing something silly.

      Happy Friday Arlene. Ralph xox ❀

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      • I am glad that you enjoyed my response to your Hay story. Hopefully you will see a phoenix and not a Hay family zombie apocalypse. πŸ™‚

        I know what you mean about the year going by so fast. I can’t believe 2015 is a little more than halfway over. Yes, I am happy people stopped doing that. It is not fun worrying if your fence and/or house is going to burn down. Wildfires are scary too. They happen more often in southern California than they do where I live. I hope your luck continues to hold, and you are not adversely affected by one.

        I hope you have a Happy Friday too. Take care. πŸ™‚

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    • I had never considered that Julie. It could turn out nasty πŸ˜€ Ralph xox ❀


    • Thank you so much YC from both of us. Have a great weekend. Ralph πŸ˜€


  17. A cat free post…. haha… Very cute….πŸŒŸβ˜…πŸŒŸπŸŒŸβ˜…πŸŒŸ
    San Juan Day.’s sounds like it was a blast, dear Ralph… I love the gallery of photographs here… By the way, I know hat you are an gentle english man, but do you speak in Spanish as well?… Just curious. Un abrazo! Aquileana πŸ˜€

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    • Ah ! You’re the cute one Amalia πŸ˜€
      My Spanish is quite poor. I could never understand languages, but I do love sciences though. Maybe I need a senorita here to teach me ! πŸ˜‰ Ralph xox ❀

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    • Yay ! The Hays are gone. Oh dear, the cats are back when I publish in 6 hours time.
      I hope you are having a great Sunday Nancy my friend.
      Ralph xox ❀

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  18. I always love your posts, they make me smile πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚ It looks like you have some amazing friends, and that you are having fun. I did like meeting the Hays, hahaha πŸ™‚ And I always love the antics of the cats! Love and hugs, dear friend ❀ πŸ™‚

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    • Wow ! Thanks for loving my posts and sending me your great comments Mary Michelle. I do enjoy drafting the posts and reading your comments. πŸ˜€ Love and hugs back. Ralph xox ❀

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      • Sorry I missed this. I do think you need to check who is being set fire to at the end of the festivities before accepting the invitation – especially if you struggle with the lingo.
        Love the idea of S&S watching you from home, little faces pressed to the window keeping an eye on you. I bet they were up to no good – watching the home shopping channel or some such thing while you were out! You just think they were asleep.
        Great to get out and party πŸ˜€

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      • @ TTS
        Yes, I had better be careful if my neighbours have another party next year
        Do you think my cats do that ? I am sure they sleep πŸ˜€
        It is fun to party, but not this afternoon as it’s 42C. Ralph xox ❀


  19. Love how they celebrate their festivities and symbolic parties and I saw all very Happy gentle person around ! Compliments for the build up of the story of the hay-people, very lovely πŸ™‚ !!

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  20. Love this post!!!! Is there some reason why everyone schleps down to the river at midnight to wash their faces? Very curious. I am kind of bummed about the demise of the Hay Couple – did that really have to happen?
    PS – Came over from Suzie’s Blog Party!!!!!

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    • Thanks SD.
      From what I can gather it’s a Catholic thing to go to the river to bless it and splash some water around.
      I’m afraid the Hays burned out. I never found out why.
      Thanks for coming from Suzie’s blog.
      Ralph πŸ˜€

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    • Hi JoHanna. Thank you so much for dropping by and taking time out to comment. Yes, we all had a great time. Have a lovely week. Ralph xox ❀

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