Yet more rain

Dramatic light as the sun returns

Another week of rain. This has been the wettest winter in Southern Spain since records began. The hot, dry autumn, which stretched into mid December, seems a distant memory. The rains have caused considerable damage throughout Andalucia. In particular, a lot of the historic cave houses in the Province of Granada have been badly damaged and some destroyed by sudsidence  These caves have been inhabited for centuries and during the last couple of decades many of them have been restored and bought by foreigners.

Fording the river

Our river is still in flood and our Renault Kangoo van sits forlornly in the mud. It has not been used since last Friday as it would never make it across the river. We must get a 4×4 but more about the search for a cheap one later. We would be trapped here were it not for one of our builders, Alex, who is brought to work by his father, Peter, in his large Jeep Grand Cherokee. Peter has also very obligingly taken us into to town when we need to get to the shops.

Progress is made

Fortunately our other builder, Stephen, lives on the neighbouring farm and has only to walk across te fields to us so building has been able to continue. The structure and rendering of the outside lavatory have been completed and the walls have gone up for the office print room. The last job this week is to cement in the ring beams so that the ceiling can go on next week and the construction of my studio above begin.

One of the advantages of the economic crisis is the cheapness and availability of materials. Rufi, our builders’ merchant, will deliver in all weathers and ford the river as, because of the building recession and weather, he has very few customers. Doors and windows have also dropped in price and suppliers will make up special sizes at no extra cost and have them ready in 2 weeks instead of the customary 2 months.

This afternoon the sun returned so we were able to take some dramatic photos from our land.

Almonds have started to blosson

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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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