We still need light. No, not electricity as in the "luz" that we waited a month for back in August. We simply need lamps. So, I'm always on the lookout. Jerry and I found one together some weeks ago. A charming little silver lamp with a silk shade. Every lamp in the store appeared to be on sale. Ours was, too. But what we hadn't noticed was that our lamp had two separate prices — one for the base and one for the handmade silk shade. It was one of only two in the store with individual prices. It was still on sale and the price wasn't bad, but it ended up costing us 20 euros more than the marked price of the base alone... because the shade was handmade and hand-embroidered. Oh well.
Friday, I was out shopping with Linda (it would be a gross understatement to say that Linda loves to shop) and we came upon my new favorite store. It's called El Jardín, and is on Calle Francos, 61, not far from the Cathedral. It's an unusual little shop filled with small ceramic pieces, handmade jewelry and gift items, plants and flowers, and a couple of small lamps (which is what caught my eye). I took a picture of one of the lamps to see if Jerry liked it. He did. So he and I walked over Saturday for a second look and it came home with us.
|THE LAMP FROM SEVILLA, A BRONZE FROM SAN FRANCISCO, ALABASTER FROM NEW YORK|
(A DOWAGER DUCHESS ORIGINAL), AND PILLOW BY JERRY.
Sunday we went back and bought two house plants. It's a tiny, beautiful store and the owner, Gonzalo, couldn't be nicer. Gonzalo told me the lampshade is made of oyster shells. It makes magic on the walls and ceiling of the living room. Linda and Tom insisted on paying for the lamp as a house-warming present (because somehow they think standing by us, spending time with us, supporting us, worrying about us, having fun with us, being the best friends in the world, and enriching our lives... just isn't enough).
|THE WALLS AND SCALLOPED CEILING ARE TRANSFORMED.|
Sunday morning, I walked over to the Museum of Fine Arts with Linda and Tom to browse the artworks for sale in the plaza. Jerry and I bought our "menina" (the ceramic figure imitating those in the Valezquez painting by that name) back in December. The artist, José Fombella, was there again and I fell in love with a smaller menina and brought her home. Our first piece is 18 inches (46 cm) tall. This one is about 10 inches (25 cm).
So, it's been a few days of shopping. Linda is a bad influence. And I love her for it.