An Andalucian patio

The patio. New lavatory on the left and office on the right

Plants outside the kitchen window

Our builders finished on the evening of the 29th April but, with family arriving the same night on holiday, we have only just got around to putting plants and garden furniture in place. Over the next week I will show you the changes to our property. First the patio.

Side entrance to the main house

This was overgrown with weeds and the buildings across from the main house were in a bad state and part of them had to be demolished. The floor has been repaved with natural slate. A new outside lavatory has been built with a jacuzzi next to it. The building opposite has been rebuilt with an office on the ground floor and my studio above. Stairs lead to a first floor terrace off my studio. The large storeroom on the ground floor has not been altered but at least now has electricity. The last building, which was a small stable, is now the utility/laundry room.

New building with my studio above the office

If you look at the entry for 14th Feb. titled “The project begins” on this blog you will see what the patio looked like before. Many thanks to Al, Stephen, Lee, Tony, Rufi and Pepe for all their work, particularly during the awful wet weather in February, and to Peter for helping to coordinate everything and sourcing supplies..


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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One Response to An Andalucian patio

  1. June de Barros says:

    Hello again Margaret and Digby……what wonders you’ve created with the buildings…….hope you can have ‘time out’ to enjoy it all……much love (and admiration)……June

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