Nijar – Doors and Pots

Lane in old Nijar

We went to Nijar this morning to buy some more pots for our ever increasing collection of cacti.

Corner in the church square

Ginger tom by old wall

We always like walking around the old town which is a maze of narrow streets and pretty squares with cats dozing in the sunshine in quiet corners.

Detail of red door

Pink door

One of the features of the traditional buildings which is most striking is the beautiful old doors.

A grand entrance

Detail of blue door

Although some are in decay it is obvious that the town’s people take great pride in their entrances and they make interesting photographic subjects.

Outside the shop

The main street of Nijar has many pottery shops hoping to attract tourists but we found this one down a side street.

Inside the shop

It was like entering Alladin’s cave, dark inside with many rooms piled high with all manner of colourful items of pottery.

Another corner of the shop

As well as the pots we were looking for we finally managed to find a teapot. We have been searching for one for ages.

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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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3 Responses to Nijar – Doors and Pots

  1. Yves Cantraine says:

    Angel & Loli’s pottery shop is one of the best and they are very nice people! 🙂 But be careful: try to use normal pots inside the colored ones. When you water the plants and the earth stays humid, the enamel (?), the paint cracks little by little. I am not sure I am clear…

  2. Angela says:

    I love this post.I remember Nijar with affection also Huebro! Love the photos Digby.

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