Our new cortijo

Sorry we have been out of contact for so long but we have only just got back on line and we have been extremely busy. First with moving house and now with organising building work.

Our new home is Cortijo de los Ortices. It is located 6km north of Huétor Tájar and 15 minutes from Loja. We have 26,000 sq. metres of land and the Rio Milanos forms our bottom boundary. Most of the land is given over to olives but we have a large, flat meadow by the river which has not been cultivated. We will start by planting a variety of fruit trees here. The main house, which has 3 double bedrooms, requires just cosmetic work. There is a walled patio next to the house across from which are various buildings in need of renovation and which is our building project.

Here is a photo of the house taken just before we moved in.

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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 in the little coastal village of Las Negras in the heart of the Parque Natural de Cabo de Gata. 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 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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