Monthly Archives August 2014

Water flowing to the mill; restored, active or buried beneath the maquis ..

Contes & Légendes Moulin à eauLiterally buried beneath the maquis, restored or still in activity, the watermills are important historical reminders as regards the island – and especially Cape Corsica. Built during the XVIII and XIX centuries, they were used to grind grain (wheat and rye) but specialising in the production of chestnut flour, which was an essential nutriment up to the First World War.

In 1829, a survey estimated around 1220 watermills in Corsica, which demonstrates the importance of the cultivation of cereals; wheat, barley and corn. At the end of the XVIII century, and according to the Terrier Plan, this represented 50% of agricultural activity – followed by the chestnut harvest (a little over 10%). In Cape Corsica, the Terrier Plan counted 82 structures; of which 18 were at Luri, 10 at Brandu and 7 a...

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A few words on the Cunfratèrnita San Martinu di Patrimoniu

San Martinu di Patrimonio (image page)This brotherhood is composed of twenty brothers and one novice.

At the end of each cycle (two years), eight brothers are elected in the ‘Uffizii’.

The actions produced by the brotherhood are based on commitment and volunteerism from each of the members; looking after material and non-material property, documentary research, organising demonstrations, participating in charitable activities, transmitting knowledge and apprenticeship of sacred songs … all of this leads to constant expenses that the brotherhood must bear.

The Cunfratèrnita exists and works through the generosity of those composing it, along with the wealth of their social and age group diversity. A force of proposal composes this group, through reflection and search for a better construction of tomorrow’s society.


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What’s the particularity of —> BRANDU ?

Brandu (Bastia Tempi d'Og)Village, heart-to-heart: BRANDU (Brando)

One of the oldest quarries in Corsica is the Cinti quarry in Brandu, operational now for over ninety years and dealing with the exploitation of slates, tiles and slabs. Totally emblematic to Cape Corsica, with its bluish and reddish-brown colour, and very much part of the cultural heritage.

Often used when renovating houses, or constructing walls for example, and still maintaining the use of traditional ways.

Signification of the name ? sparkling/gleaming/shining and dazzling – take your choice!
Situated not very far from Bastia (north of the island), around 8km, very pretty and where one can still see farming terraces from before. Certainly worth your while to keep in mind if you’re around that area, or even to go out of your way to do so.
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From Corti, the 33rd edition of their International Days – exposure of reflections

Alta FIf one relates to the signification of a ‘movement’, this is what can be said: ‘a group of people working together in order to advance their shared political, social or artistic ideas’ – now add the word ‘solidarity’ and mutual support within and without a group transpires – the whole significance renders a larger picture; one where we can at last fully grasp the depth involved, the search for comprehension, and desire for change. Reciprocity.
Gandhi once pronounced these words: ‘the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others ..’ noble words you may say; but, when really pondering on them one realises just where they can lead you to – unity, in every sense of the term.
This annual event, and 33rd edition organised by Corsica Libera, sees a large gathering ov...
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