San Juan

Disembarking for the fiestas

Disembarking for the fiestas

In Spain, the longest day is celebrated by the Fiesta of San Juan. Las Negras has been particularly busy this weekend but the main night of fiesta was last night as it coincided with the largest full moon of the year.
Catching the last of the sun

Catching the last of the sun

We walked down to the village at 8pm yesterday evening. The beach was still busy as sunbathers were absorbing the last rays of the sun.
Returning from San Pedro

Returning from San Pedro

Boats were bringing back daytrippers from San Pedro and ….
Preparing the bonfire outside Las Barcas

Preparing the bonfire outside Las Barcas

…. a large bonfire was being prepared on the beach outside Las Barcas restaurant.
Moonlight

Moonlight

We went home for dinner and missed the huge red moon rising over the sea but we walked down later and took a couple of photos of the moonlight sparkling on the sea.
The beach at night

The beach at night

Live entertainment at the bars and the lighting of bonfires did not take place until midnight so we missed them. If any readers have some good photos of these or the moon rising over the sea please send them so we can add these to the blog.

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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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