Raging torrents

Our river crossing this morning

Last night we had more heavy rain and this morning no vehicle would have been able to ford the river. Alex the builder got to work by crossing a footbridge about 500 metres downstream and walking across the olive groves. Fortunately, Rufi got hs lorry to us on Monday with another load of materials and so work has commenced on my first floor studio. The builders have erected a hoist to make it easier to raise the blocks and cement up to the first floor.

View from where our car is parked

We got our Kangoo van back from the garage yesterday and it is parked the other side of the river which means a 1 km detour to the footbridge to get to it. Nevertheless, Digby went to Huétor Tájar this morning and took some spectacular photos of the Rio Genil. When we first crossed the bridge into Huétor Tájar last November the Genil was a mere stream. Never would we have imagined we would see it like this.

Rio Genil at Huétor Tájar

Bridge of the Rio Genil

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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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