Hoy Cerrado!

Carrefour this morning

This morning Digby went to Almeria to take some of my paintings to be framed for the Christmas/New year exhibition at the Hotel Cala Grande, Las Negras – see http://margaretmerrypaintings.wordpress.com

While there he decided to do the weekend shopping at the Carrefour Hypermarket. He found the car park barricaded by protestors and there was no point in entering on foot as the doors to the store were barricaded too. Hundreds of farmers were protesting at the length of the distribution chains for their produce which means that they are getting only a small fraction of the price advertised for their produce on the supermarket shelves.

Hoy Cerrado!

On the way home Digby stopped in Campohermoso. The beneficiaries of the protest were the local baker, butcher and greengrocer.


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 pn a small farmer the town of Alhabia in the Alpujarra Almeriense in the Province of Almeria. 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 portraiture and 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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2 Responses to Hoy Cerrado!

  1. Angela Bell says:

    Good for them!!!!! Can you tell me more about the Maria’s farm accomodation,trying to pursuade Steve to fly again snd maybe Emma.for thw lorca conection? lol Angela

    • Hi Angela

      What do you need to know? You have stayed there but a long time ago. All cottages now have washing machines, TV and electric hot water. The accommodation has improved. The price I have is 190 euros for two people sharing a cottage for a week except for Easter and July/August. This can be a 1 or 2 bedroom cottage. There is a supplement for a third person because of the extra laundry and usage of utilities. The price is cheaper than what they charge the public direct. Little Sonya and her brother run things now although Maria is still there. You will find Las Negras has changed but mostly at weekends and high summer when it is very busy. Margaret much prefers it as it is now. It still has a lot of charm and character but has been cleaned up and quite chic. Most of the people are still there. Jose “Hosepipe” and his brother Felix “El Gato” still have the “Chocolate Factory” (Bar Cerro Negro). Their sister Maria “Del Burro Hija” runs another bar/restaurant. The Cacho empire keeps on growing. Bernabe Junior’s two sons Bernabe Junior Junior and Paco Junior both work in the family business. I think the youngest was only a baby when you were there. Paco Cacho’s daughter, Nieves Junior, is 16 and still at college but he is disappointed as she is not interested in work.

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