Why would a photographer ask us to say 'cheese' to make us smile? I have tried this several times and on several occasions but when I say 'cheese' my mouth puckers up and my lips move forward to say the 'ch' sound. Only afterwards do my lips widen a little to say the 'ee' part - and into nothing remotely like a smile. Unless of course, there is a camera pointing at me - and then, the instruction is enough for me to smile automatically. In Spain, apparently, the photographer will ask people to 'mirad la pajarita' (look at the birdie) or to say 'patata' (potato) and that seems to work.
None of this has much to do with this post, other than FR and I went on Saturday into the town centre to sample the wares at the Cheese Festival.
|Set in the square of the ayuntamiento (town hall)|
|Prize-winning cheeses were laid out|
|with plenty of samples to try|
|The town hall - home to a team of dedicated, professional rubber-stampers|
|As well as cheese, there was alcohol on offer - |
obviously not the youth of Alcala la Real who were tempted.
|A goodly crowd on a hot day, we really enjoyed our samples and made a couple of goaty cheese purchases|
|I said 'Cheese' - say Cheese!|
We then spent another hour wandering around the streets looking for houses for sale that we hadn't already seen and taking the phone numbers. We're going to see one of them this afternoon. And one day, we'll find one!
Now...lunch today - some toasted goats cheese with my salad, I think!