Roofs and rejection

Pepe and Stephen laying tiles

Our English builders, Alex and Stephen, usually turn up at 0900, well after we are up and about, and work through to 1700 with short breaks for cups of tea and a sandwich for lunch. On Thursday morning, our extremely agitated dogs woke us at 0700 announcing the arrival of Pepe, the roofer, who had come to lay the roof tiles on our new buildings. He worked through until 1400 with a break at 1030 for what we call the hora de bocadillo (sandwich hour) and then disappeared for his lunch and siesta, not to be seen again until 0700 yesterday. This illustrates the different working practices between British and Spanish, but the roofs have been tiled and we are pleased  that at last that we can see an end to the building works.

Cher feeding the foal

Next door, Bandida the mare has rejected her new foal and kicks out whenever the little filly approaches her. It isn’t unusual for mares to do this when they have their first foal. Andrea and Cher, her owners, are feeding the foal with a bottle every two hours, day and night. It’s very important that hand-reared foals have contact with other horses, so it’s good that another mare, who once had her own foal, has taken over maternal duties.


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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