A morning walk

Olive groves above our land

The lane that passes through the edge of our land leads up to the hills behind, providing access to the olive groves that cover the hillsides.

Derelict farmhouse

Dotted amongst these are old farmhouses, now abandoned. The owners prefer to live in the towns and villages and rarely need to tend their olives, the cultivation of which is now a part time occupation.

Rio Milanos

During the wet winter it was an ordeal trudging up the muddy lane with our dogs but today, in the pleasant spring sunshine, we were able to enjoy a long circular walk through the hills above us, following our lane to the farms and tracking back through the olive groves to the Rio Milanos below.

Yellow orchids

The light today was soft and beautiful, enhancing the lovely pastel colours of the distant mountains. The olive groves are carpeted with little marigolds, bright yellow and orange, interspersed with the brilliant blue of the grape hyacinths which grow here in abundance. In the stony, uncultivated places, fan-lipped orchids and gorgeous yellow orchids flourish. We saw swallowtail butterflies and heard hoopoes calling to each other across the olive groves.

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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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