JORNADA DE RECUPERACION DE OFICIOS ANTIGUAS – TERQUE

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Torque this morning.

Today, in our neighbouring village of Terque, was held the annual crafts and produce fair to celebrate the old way of life in La Alpujarra Almeriense. People from all over the Province of Almeria came to the village today and it was a very special event.

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This old couple were creating baskets by weaving esparto grass

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Donkeys and mules were used to transport the grapes in barrels

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Spinning wool

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Before the grapes were packed the women would clean the bunches with fine scissors

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This display of hand made cots looked distinctive against the backdrop of mountains

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The tailor

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Products made from marble

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Greengrocer

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Husking maize

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Embutidos de La Alpujarra

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The bakers

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`Preparing chorizo

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Traditional music

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The knife sharpener with whistle to attract clients

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Barrel making

Here are some photos Digby took this morning. To save space and time we have given all of them a descriptive caption.

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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 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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3 Responses to JORNADA DE RECUPERACION DE OFICIOS ANTIGUAS – TERQUE

  1. Sue Whitehead says:

    Great photos and very interesting to see all the old crafts.

  2. angela Bell says:

    Margaret and Digby I really love this post,I would love to have been able to see this.The more I get older the more I like traditional arts and crafts.I am a great fan of William Morris who said”have nothing in your home that is not useful and beautiful” Actuakky that ir not exactly word for word but you get the gist of it. All the best Angela

  3. Wow, such traditional photos. Looks like something from a few decades ago. Would love to pass by there some day. Not sure I could stomach watching chorizo being made though. Best of luck.

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