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Questions to Spainologists

tominrm

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del Norte ( 2015)
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I have been in Spain many times, and I still have the following three burning questions. I have not asked the locals for fear that I may not understand the explanation.
1. What is the rectangular shape with a diagonal line in the middle with one side painted black and the other side white? There are quite a lot all over the rural area, but no one seems to know what it means. I initially assumed hunting/no, or do not enter- private property, but now I am convinced it isn't.
2. Why some houses put (usually clear) plastic bottles with full of water in front of the door? I think someone said something to the effect that reflection of sunlight through water keeps bugs out?
3. What about the empty plastic bottles put upside down on a stick of wood or iron in the garden? There are quite a few so there must be some reason for this too.
 

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falcon269

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#2
2. Why some houses put (usually clear) plastic bottles with full of water in front of the door? I think someone said something to the effect that reflection of sunlight through water keeps bugs out?
For the dogs to raise a leg. Do not mistake it for water put out for pilgrims!!
 

falcon269

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#3
1. What is the rectangular shape with a diagonal line in the middle with one side painted black and the other side white? There are quite a lot all over the rural area, but no one seems to know what it means. I initially assumed hunting/no, or do not enter- private property, but now I am convinced it isn't.
Private hunting or intensive hunting (presumed to be private).

Coto privado de caza – Reserved for private hunting

Coto intensivo de caza – Reserved for intensive hunting
 

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Frances (2014), Inca Trail (2015), West Highland Way (2016), Primitivo (2017), Portugues (2018)
#6
The bottle on top of the stick or pole in the garden is to protect against injury when bending over - a gardener's trick.
 

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