Olives and sunflowers near Loja

This morning, before it became too hot, we went for a short circular drive through the back lanes to Loja via our nearest village, La Fabrica, to enjoy the spectacular views in the lovely early light.

The old farmhouse

Wooden cart

First we came upon a most interesting old farmyard with a corral full of sheep and goats. By the side of the cobbled yard was an old wooden cart, a wonderful subject for a painting. Numerous dogs greeted us and we asked their owner, the elderly farmer, busy feeding his cats, if we could take some photos.

Field of sunflowers


Further along we had to stop and gaze at the astonishing sight of large field of sunflowers sweeping down the hillside in a swathe of brilliant yellow to merge with the blue haze of the vega below.This was the first field of sunflowers we have seen in the area as the vega is mainly given over to growing vegetables and cereals and most of the hills are covered with olive groves. Yesterday on the vega the workers were out harvesting potatoes.

Potato Harvest


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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