Spring in the air

Down by the riverside

At last the weather has improved this weekend. It has been a real treat to feel the warmth of the sun again and there is a feeling of Spring in the air.

Hen with chicks

The hen from next door has been proudly marching her 11 new chicks around the olives groves. Some of these will take up residence on our farm when they are a little bigger.

Bandida by our house

Bandida, heavy with foal, has visited us again to enjoy the grazing near our house.

Tilly and hoist

Tomorrow is a public holiday, the Day of Andalucia, but our builders will be back after taking the weekend off. Here is a photo of one of our cats, Tilly, guarding their hoist.

We have been busy planting vegetables in the field by the river and clearing the bank in front of the house for flowerbeds. Lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, red cabbage and onions have now gone in. What looked like a small tray of onions turned out to contain about 700 seedlings which took an age to plant. In between gardening we have enjoyed our walks along the river which is now much quieter than the raging torrent of last week.

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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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