Happy Christmas

A gin and tonic to start

An aperitivo

In Spain the traditional family Christmas dinner, normally turkey, is held in the evening of Christmas Eve. On Christmas Day, after a long morning walk we went to Las Negras for our Christmas lunch at Las Barcas owned by Bernabe Junior Junior the grandson of the legendary Bernabe “El Cacho” .

Gambas rojo y vino de Laujar

Gambas rojo y vino de Laujar

We started off with medio raciones of seafood – mussels, clams and the sweet gambas rojo, red prawns local to this coast accompanied by the white wine of Laujar from La Alpujarra Almeriense

Bogavento con arroz

Bogavente con arroz

For our main course we had bogavente con arroz, lobster with rice which is a posh seafood paella. Delicious and less filling than turkey.


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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