Weekly Anecdote

Looking towards Las Negras

On Tuesday morning I was being attended to at the fish counter of the scruffy little Arbol supermarket in the main street of Campohermoso when an elderly lady pushed in front of me.  With her bare hands, she set about examining a pile of jurel, an inexpensive fish similar in size to a large sardine. She stuck her fingers into their gills before pulling out four specimens which she shoved across to the assistant. She then proceeded to wipe her hands in the pockets of her garment, which would be best described as a dressing gown.

Yesterday the main street of Campohermoso seemed extremely quiet and there was not a single car parked outside Arbol. The reason for this was that it was the opening day of a new Mercadona emporium out of town on the road between Campohermoso and San Isidro. Mercadona is one of the largest and best supermarket chains in Spain and specialises in food and household goods. It was extremely busy. Inside there was a gaggle from Babel as I picked up Arabic, Rumanian, German, Russian and English chatter as well as Spanish. Cloth-covered Muslim women were gazing in awe at the vast displays of food and goods while Christmas jingles were piped to through the store. At the self-service fruit and veg counter, assistants were handing out gloves to the customers before they dived into the colourful mountains of peppers, oranges, tomatoes and other produce with their bare hands. At the fish counter you had to take a ticket and wait for your number to be called before receiving attention. This caused some confusion. I wonder how the old lady from Tuesday would have coped. Anecdote by Digby.

Looking towards San Pedro

I have illustrated this blog with a few photos taken this afternoon from a ridge overlooking the sea near our home.

Looking down

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About Margaret Merry

I grew up in Falmouth, Cornwall, England where, after leaving Falmouth High School, I spent a year at Falmouth School of Art. Then followed three years at Hornsey College of Art in London where I obtained a Diploma in Art and Design. I then spent a post-graduate year at the West of England College of Art in Bristol where I gained an Art Teacher?s Diploma and a Certificate in Education of the University of Bristol. I lived and worked in Truro for over 30 years and became one of Cornwall's most popular artists. My paintings have been exhibited in New York, Tokyo, Paris and London and have been bought by collectors from all over the world. I have published 4 books which became local bestsellers - 'The Natural History of a Westcountry City', 'Margaret Merry's Cornish Garden Sketchbook', 'Sea & Sail' and 'Tidal Reaches'. In 2002 I moved to Spain and now live in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. I now get my inspiration from the dramatic scenery of Andalucia and its old cities, towns and villages which I usually capture in watercolour. I also enjoy figurative art, particularly nudes and dancers. For these paintings I use artists' soft pastels. I have written and illustrated 3 children's books - The Wise Old Boar, The Lonely Digger and The Adventure of Princess The Pony - which have been published in the USA.
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