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Mijas was "rubbish" this christmas
11 January 2012 @ 12:36

Gosh its almost a year since I started this blog and instantly lost my internet conection...Well I'm back with a vengance so...........

This christmas the new incumbents at the town hall decided, in these times of austerity, to save funds by not putting up the usual illuminations. This might sound a bit bah-humbug but, in conjunction with the association of residents they hatched a very clever plan, it was rubbish!
It was decided that there would be a competition where various groups of residents would create their own trees in the streets around the village.
The town hall agreed to erect a skeleton structure for the participating groups to decorate, they also agreed to provide the power for each tree to be illuminated.  It was also decided that there would be an underlying theme for all the displays to follow and that was rubbish!
Well to be more precise all the trees were to be made of recycled materials!
The results were quite astonishing!
The structure to be decorated could not have been more simpler; an old metal pole was bolted to the pavement in the streets of the participants, then a circle of welded metal was bolted to the floor around the pole, next wires were stretched from the circle on the ground to the top of the pole creating the required conical shape, the decorating party could now begin. For three evenings a mini fiesta of creativity and bon homm was enacted outside our window and this was the result:

This tree is made completely out of old plastic drink bottles threaded on to a wire and attached to the skeleton! One chap was inside the frame on a step ladder fixing the wires, when he got to the top he realised that he had left no room for him to exit and we spent a hilarious half an hour giggling as we watched him trying to squeeze out the bottom helped by his companions who were almost wetting themselves!

This one was made of old sacks screwed into flower shapes.

this next one was drink cans hand painted with the colours of the teams in the spanish league

To top it all the Tourist office created a 'Ruta de los Arboles', - route of the trees and for one euro you got a map of where the seventeen trees could be found. the proceeds went into the village food bank fund to help feed unemployed famalies

Joy in hard times x



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Justin said:
12 January 2012 @ 16:32

He he, loved the post and especially the story of the guy getting stuck in the tree. Classic!

katygizmo said:
13 January 2012 @ 08:30

Very nice, Bob, I see I do not know you... well done. Keep us posted about Mijas... How many trees did you see?

Bob Manning said:
13 January 2012 @ 08:40

Glad you liked it KatyGizmo more will follow dont worry, if you kown of anything of interst going on just let me know and I will put it on the blog you can also read articles I've put on here buy clicking the link at the side of the blog x

Bob Manning said:
13 January 2012 @ 08:44

we saw all seventeen on the first night when each tree had its it group present giving out Nalaga wine,,,HIC x

Steve Hall said:
14 January 2012 @ 05:07

Impressive lateral thinking. Respect to all

Margery said:
14 January 2012 @ 09:46

What a great idea - also involved the neighbours in the creation of the street art. Wish this was put into the local papers before it happened would have made a nice trip out for a look see.
Cant wait to see what is thought up for next time

Margery said:
14 January 2012 @ 09:46

What a great idea - also involved the neighbours in the creation of the street art. Wish this was put into the local papers before it happened would have made a nice trip out for a look see.
Cant wait to see what is thought up for next time

Mijas Guide said:
14 January 2012 @ 11:45

Definitely the cheap option this year by Mijas ayuntamiento but considering they cannot pay to light the motorway which makes driving at night very dangerous i fully understand decision made for the illuminations. It also brought out the creative side and community spirit building the trees.

Chalkie White said:
14 January 2012 @ 18:09

Margery there was quite alot of families wandering around each evening so it must of been promoted in some way, I mistakenly assumed that the town hall would have informed 'Sur In English' next time we have an event I will wizz an email to them thanks for you comments and I shall post a few more photos for you x

Barry said:
29 November 2012 @ 01:18

Does anyone know if the xmas lights will be back for xmas 2012 ?

email me


Lorraine murtagh said:
29 October 2016 @ 17:33

Hi have visited Mijas pueblo and would love to come back for a holiday between Christmas and new year. Would you recommend this as in would restaurants be open, shops open,? I know and expect it to be more quiet but just wondering would I be the only tourist at this time of year! Have been here in summer months and only last week for a repeat visit. Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks in advance

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