Keeping up with the neighbourhood
Now that I am trying to offer a better insight in my blog to my non-Spanish ‘reading’ visitors, I thought I’ll better make clear how my fascinating neighbours are related to each other. Well, at least the ones that have appeared repeatedly in my posts. Be sure you want to know more about them by reading this post, because what follows is a description of rather dense ‘family relations’…
‘La súper-Pepi’ (or Pepi)
‘La súper-Pepi’, a funny hyperactive woman, is the mother of Angus and ‘la Pili’ (‘la Pili‘ is the ‘blond’ girl on the scooter, you remember?, with boyfriend ‘er Miguelillo’).
La Pepi appears in these three previously posted drawings. In the first and the second drawing you can see her standing on the right. In the last one you can only see Pepi’s arms.
‘La Pili’ (or Pili)
Pili, the scooter princess, is Pepi’s youngest daughter. She is 26, 27 or 28 years old (not clear) and still lives at home: not studying, not working and not at all planning to move out. She loves home cooked food; of course, only if prepared by her mother.
Here you can see la Pili again. She is the ‘blond’ girl in each drawing.
The Spanish economic crisis is seriously affecting Pili’s future employment, but, as she happily acknowledged, the crisis has also offered her a reasonable excuse to just stay at -her mum’s- home forever! At the moment she’s an unemployed professional hairdresser, however, she still works ‘in black’ now and then, which is truly appreciated by her mother’s friends.
Pepi’s oldest daughter is named María Angustias or Angus. Mª Angustias is a professional Spanish ham cutter; a ‘Maestra jamonera’ who works in a 5 star hotel in Marbella (province of Málaga). Here you can see her at work.
Cutting ham is an art here.
Angus and Pili do not have the same father. Angus has a gypsy father, who probably will appear later on in my posts. Angus lives together with her husband and their adopted Chinese girl (well, first, the doctors told her she couldn’t get children…!) named Xiao fan (or ‘Fanny’) and…new-born (!) baby la Anilla (or Ana).
Just below you can see Angus’ daughter Fanny. Thus, Fanny is Pepi’s first granddaughter. I haven’t seen baby Anilla yet…so, no drawing…
‘Er Juan‘ (or Juan)
Juan is ‘la súper-Pepi’s‘ older brother, thus, he is the uncle of Angus and Pili.
Here you can see ‘er Juan‘. In each of the drawings he is the man on the right side.
Juan’s children are living ‘scattered around the world’: Canada, Germany, Switzerland and Colombia. He hardly doesn’t see them. Juan is always afraid of immigration, as immigrants could take over the -potential- jobs for his numerous grandchildren, who, actually, do not even live in Spain… However, he is a very nice guy, even to immigrants, but on a more personal level, not in his ‘public’ local pub discourse.
Antonio is Juan’s oldest and best friend, from elementary school. Both haven’t had the opportunity to obtain any further ‘official’ education due to the sociopolitical situation under the Franco regime in the past. But, both know so much about how to grow vegetables and ‘good food’ in general. To me they are creative artists with their pieces of land.
Antonio is –still- working as a farmer and is also…a great cook, while Juan knows how to make delicious homemade wine and spirits like ‘orujo de hierbas’ (which really makes you drunk and I am not a binge drinker). Antonio is married to María José. Antonio and María José live together with María José’s mother (101 (!) years old, also named María José…). They live in a very big house with a huge swimming pool, just in one of the suburbs of Granada City.
Here you can see Antonio. In the first drawing he is the man on the left.
María José and Conchi
María José (only few people are allowed to call her ‘Mári‘, I don’t have that privilege yet…), is Antonio’s wife and always taking care of people (not only of her very old mother and her grandchildren, but of anyone!). They say she worked as a nurse before getting married. I think you can imagine who is María José on the drawing below (popping a blister in the middle of the local pub :)).
María José has several very good friends, like la súper-Pepi. One of her best friends (she has so many) is Conchi, who appears, on the drawing above, standing on the chair. María José says that Conchi always pretends to be posh…
Irene and Inma
Irene, the beautifully curved lady in the drawing above is Conchi’s daughter. Irene is still not married, something mother Conchi is extremely worried about.
Inma, who also appears in this drawing, is the ‘sour’ sister of Pepi’s second husband (Pili’s father, who died several years ago of cancer, though no one in the whole neighbourhood dares to pronounce the word), thus, she is also Pili’s aunt. Inma is always criticising anything and anyone. For example, she didn’t like Irene putting a big red rose on top of her head during the local fiestas. ‘Such a silly way to treat a rose’, she repeated several times. Well, gorgeous Irene is just always following the latest trends in fashion,… so what?
Er Miguelillo (or ‘er Migue’)
The life of ‘er miguelillo’, Pili’s much younger boyfriend (scooter below) is another rather long story, which I will leave for one of my next posts on ‘family life’ in my neighbourhood.
La negra Leonór
And, last but not least, Leonór. I will also tell you more about my lovely Colombian neighbour ‘la negra’ (as people use to call her since she was a student at the Colombian National University in Bogotá), who is a chemical engineer and a fantastic knitter!
For now I think this is more than enough…
Un abrazo, Rosa