Easter walk

We reach the oak forest

This morning, Easter Sunday, we set off up the hills behind our land determined to discover a circular route and to see if there were views of the Sierra Nevada at the top.

Looking across to the Sierra Nevada

We climbed a lane through the olive groves and reached the oak forest that covers the summit of the hill behind our property. Following a track through the woods we soon alighted at the other side and were greeted with the most stunning views of the hills and vega of Granada in front of us with the snow covered peaks of the Sierra Nevada in the distance. To the right we could see down the valley of our river to our nearest village, La Fábrica and the town of Huétor Tájar with the Sierra de Loja behind. We walked along the top ridge of the olive groves and found another path which took us back to the other side of the woods were we could look down on our house and made our descent.

Looking down towards La Fábrica and Huétor Tájar

It has been a glorious, warm and sunny day. The walk took about 2 hours and we were glad we made an early start because it would have been too hot to scale the hillsides later in the day.


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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