Saturday, February 22, 2014

11th. Regiment of foot. The Devonshire

11th. Regiment of foot. The Devonshire,

In the War of Austrian Succession, it took part in the battles of Dettingen, Fontenoy and Rocoux. In the Seven Years War, it fought at the battles of Warburg, Kloster Kampen, Villinghausen and Wilhelmstähl and took part in the inconclusive Iberian Campaign. After the war, it garrisoned the island of Minorca.

The 11th Regiment spent the early years of the French Revolutionary Wars serving as detachments in the Mediterranean with the Royal Navy. It acted as marines in the naval Battle of Cape St. Vincent in 1797 and was part of the force that besieged Malta in 1798 and captured the island in 1800. It also took part in an abortive raid on the port of Ostend in 1798. From 1800 to 1806, it was stationed in the West Indies, returning to Europe to fight in the Peninsula War and earning its nickname, The Bloody Eleventh, at the Battle of Salamanca. A 2nd Battalion was formed in 1809 and took part in the disastrous Walcheren Campaign before being disbanded in 1816.

John Spread Fenton, wearing the uniform of the 11th (the North Devonshire) Regiment of Foot, scarlet coatee with green collar, gold epaulette, white cross-belt, the belt plate bearing number 11, frilled white cravat and black stock

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Cami de Cavalls. Es Grau to Torre de Rambla.

The North shore at Es Grau.

Flowering Rosemary

Rosmarinus officinalis, commonly known as rosemary, is a woody, perennial herb with fragrant, evergreen, needle-like leaves and white, pink, purple, or blue flowers, native to the Mediterranean region .
Rosemary is used as a decorative plant in gardens and has many culinary and medical uses. The plant is said to improve the memory. The leaves are used to flavor various foods, such as stuffings and roast meats.
Cala Tamarells, and the "Torre de Rambla" martello tower.

Built by the British between 1799 and 1802, it is currently suffering a serious decline but retains its original structure. Originally it was holding a gun, on the top floor, with a rotating barrel.

Saturday, February 8, 2014

The Seminary at Ciutadella.

The Theological College cloisters adjacent to the Church of “Socors”, makes up part of the old Augustine convent site which was built in the middle of the second half of the 17th Century. The round arches stand out from the structure, supported by quadrangular pilasters which surround the central part, and with a corridor covered by rib vaults with sculpted shields; over which another gallery runs, originally of similar characteristics, but currently enclosed by stained glass of a clearly Baroque style. The Augustine monks left the convent in 1835 and from 1858 the Diocesan Seminary has taken up residence, occupying the old convent facilities.

 One of the two terracota coloured baroque domes covering the two towers of the Seminary building.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Blossom Almond Tree at the Hotel Gates.

The almond (Prunus amygdalus, Prunus dulcis, Amygdalus communis, Amygdalus dulcis) is a species of tree native to the Middle East and South Asia. "Almond" is also the name of the edible and widely cultivated seed of this tree. Within the genus Prunus, it is classified with the peach in the subgenus Amygdalus, distinguished from the other subgenera by the corrugated shell (endocarp) surrounding the seed.
The fruit of the almond is a drupe, consisting of an outer hull and a hard shell with the seed (which is not a true nut) inside. Shelling almonds refers to removing the shell to reveal the seed. Almonds are sold shelled (i.e., after the shells are removed), or unshelled (i.e., with the shells still attached). Blanched almonds are shelled almonds that have been treated with hot water to soften the seedcoat, which is then removed to reveal the white embryo.

Almond trees are very popular in Menorca and the first of the traditional fruit trees in bloom.