Oliebollen and Appelflappen in Las Negras


Oliebollen and appelflaffen

It is a tradition in Holland to celebrate New year’s Eve with traditional sweet treats called ‘oliebollen’ (delicious round doughnuts with dried fruits and coated with icing sugar) and ‘appelflappen’ (tasty apple fritters) downed with Champagne (in Spain Cava), so when we called on our Dutch neighbours today the spread was laid out in their garden for visitors to enjoy.


New Year’s Eve by the sea

It was a great afternoon in the winter sunshine by the sea.


In the Mediterranean garden

It was not just for the Dutch. We recognised local Spanish neighbours as well as people from Germany, Belgium and Nigeria.


Anxious perros de agua

The treats were not just for humans. The two perros de agua (Spanish water dogs) of Graciela, the village nurse, were anxious not to miss out.


Cava and fritters

We hope we have enough room and energy for the 12 grapes at midnight.


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 Oliebollen and Appelflappen in Las Negras

  1. jeune01 says:

    Happy, healthy, and peaceful 2017 to you both!

  2. José Rodriguez says:

    twelve grapes don’t need too much room and energy. I wish to you all and your loved ones, a very very happy new year 2017. Thanks a lot for your blog, I enjoy it very much and thanks to it I know Almeria and sorrounding areas a bit more each issue.

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