Tuesday, October 24, 2023

Shopping Spainish style

 Good morning, dear Blogger friends. I'm trying to visit your blogs to show I am up and about again in Blogland. However, on Saturday evening,  we had a heavy storm with a terrifying lightning strike which knocked out the universal cell phone tower in the Valley. Last night, I couldn't access blog comments, try as I might. I will get to blog hopping and visiting soon. 

Meanwhile I'll share the last couple of days of our Spain trip with my sister. 

When women go on a shopping excursion together, you'll often find one of them is looking for something special. And rather than being an irritant to her shopper mates, they dive in enthusiastically in the quest to source her treasure. 

I was that lady who was looking for a special headdress for a wedding back in South Africa in July. I wanted long black or red gloves. No problem, said my sister, I know just the shop. Off we sped through the city, down a side street and stopped at a haberdashery which she said would have this item. Entering a shop where two ladies were sitting behind sewing machines with swathes of beautiful cloth around the workspace, my sister explained in Spanish, what we were looking for.  

They did INDEED have gloves but not satin or cotton as I seemed to want. They had black lacy gloves. Too beautiful. And the price was so good that I bought two pairs with different patterns.

As we passed the window display from the inside, my sister reminded me that I had wanted a fascinator - and there were several set out beautifully in the window. Rose asked the shopkeeper to bring out the one I pointed out. Here the price was exorbitant, (I mean, this is a piece of lace, with a couple of feathers and a clasp to secure it to your hair.) Unfazed, my sister said she would pay for it. I had my gloves and fascinator!

Next Celia said she was looking for a piece of cloth to take home to a lady in her church. Of course, it wouldn't be just any cloth. It had to be a special piece of material. 

Once again Rose said, no problem. We three piled back into her car and she set off in another direction. This time I could see that the surrounds was less upmarket. Suddenly she turned the car into an alley and parked on the sidewalk. She indicated that Celia and I accompany her into her Arabic cloth merchant.

 Inside the large warehouse type shop, were bales and bales of different cloth. All very reasonably priced. I'm no seamstress, but Celia and Rose are talented sewers and oohed and aahed over the selection on display. 

This Arabic shop was nostalgically reminiscent of my furors into the souks of Khartoum many years ago. Here Celia proudly displays her purchase. I suggested that we have a photo outside the shop for Celia to prove to her friend she'd not bought the cloth in South Africa! 

Me wearing my Africa dress in Spain.

I asked Celia to snap me in this dress. I knew I was going to blog about our trip and this dress played a significant role in me deciding when we would travel. Way back in November last year, Rose had told me they would like to gift me with a flight to Spain for my 70th birthday. Because she is aware of my various irons in the fire, she said: don't stress; you decide when you would like to come. 

In February this year I saw this dress displayed in a quaint supermarket/gift shop, The Oaks, in the Valley. I bought it; phoned Rose and said I would like to come and visit in May 2023. I then notified my SIL, Celia, who had been rearing to go. She was thrilled that I had set a date!  

Back in the city that day, we had shopped up a storm, and were mighty thirsty by now, so Rose took us to their favorite barista Mia Coffee shop for refreshments.

Three shoppers stopping for a cuppa and a bite.

Back at the apartment, we three relaxed at the pool 
after our city shopping spree.

The next morning, Saturday, was our penultimate day of our lovely holiday with Rose. And Saturday markets in Fuengorila are not to be missed. 

Before we set out, Rose cooked us breakfast while Celia and I dressed for our day's shopping. Again. 

I popped into the kitchen showing Rose how thrilled I was with the previous day's purchases. 


We arrived at the Saturday market held weekly in the Fuengirola fairground and which boasts some 300 stalls. You are simply SPOILT FOR CHOICE! 

Rose waited at the entrance to the markets while Celia and I shopped. We were glad because we wanted to buy two plants for our hosts: Peace Lily which originates from the rainforests of Columbia and Venezuela.  We wanted one for their car hire office and one for their apartment. Peace lily is associated with tranquility and serenity. Apparently having this plant in your home, also promotes health and wellbeing. 

At first, we thought we were looking for a needle in a haystack. Finally, I spotted a stall with plants on display. And lo and behold, they had healthy peace lilies in pots! 

Emerging victorious from the street market! 

Later back at the apartment, Rose was preparing a light lunch for us; Celia was watching Italian Open Tennis. 

 I was relaxing...

I am doing Legs up the wall yoga discipline as we learnt in our Taigelates class** here in the Valley. The benefits of Legs up the Wall are, among other things, deep relaxation, stress relief, knee pain reduction and neck tension relief.

Another memorable day with my beloved sister, Rose and SIL,  Celia. 

Note: ** Taigalates: our exercise class here in the Valley, is a combination of three disciplines: Tai chi; yoga and pilates. The word is an orginal coined by our exercise guru, Caroline. 



  1. Your holiday looks to have been WONDERFUL.

  2. Hello Jo,
    I enjoyed reading your shopping story. It sounds like you made some great purchases and the plants are a lovely gift for Rose! Beautiful photos of you, Celia and Rose. Take care, have a great day and happy week ahead!

  3. the most impressive thing today is you with your legs up, there is no way i could do that, not even bent. love the gloves/fascinator.. can't wait to see you all dolled up in dress and ascessrys. the photos of you and your sisters are perfect, you all look so very happy

  4. What a wonderful shopping excursion you went on. The purchases are very pretty and the photos of you all are beautiful. Thanks for sharing, Jo.

  5. Rosemary Swinbourn07 November, 2023 19:25

    Once again wonderful wonderful memories...Great idea for a novel...


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